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Automotive Technician

It’s a good time to be an automotive student! Our 85,000 square-foot automotive facility features state-of-the-industry paint rooms, computer labs, classrooms, glassed-in shop areas and a showroom for vehicles that have been repaired or restored.

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Our next program info session for Automotive Technician is August 24 at 3 p.m. in Building 3, Room 704 . Come meet the instructors, see the classrooms, and learn how you can get started!

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How Much It Costs

For program costs, visit the Tuition and Fees page.

Costs are estimated and are not guarantees.

You can learn more about financial aid and scholarships right here. Or view our full tuition & fees breakdown.

How Long It Takes

Automotive Technician Degree (AAT): 6 quarters
Hybrid Alternative Fuel Maintenance Degree (AAT or AAS-T): 7 quarters
Automotive Drive Train Technician Certificate: 2 quarters
Automotive Electrical, Electronics and Air-Conditioning/Heating Certificate: 1 quarter
Automotive Engine Repair & Engine Performance Technician Certificate: 3 quarters
Automotive Front End & Brakes Technician Certificate: 1 quarter
Ford Motor Company Maintenance & Light Repair Certificate: 3 quarters
Hybrid Alternative Fuel Maintenance Certificate: 2 quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Potential Careers

Auto Service Technician/Mechanic

Median annual pay in Washington:

$46,100 per year.

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Career Pathway

This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

What You'll Learn

Our ASE-certified program prepares students for positions as automotive technicians. You'll get hands-on training working on actual vehicles brought in for repair.

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Stories About Our Automotive Technician Program

Local Dealer Shares Volt with Hybrid Students

CPTC Hybrid students with Chevy Volt

Partnerships with local business create valuable hands-on opportunities for technical education students. Last week a group of nine Clover Park Technical College automotive program students experienced the benefits of one of those partnerships when they had a chance to spend two days working with a Chevrolet Volt courtesy of Parkland dealer Titus-Will Chevrolet.

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Automotive Student Awarded Grainger Scholarship

Congratulations to Automotive Collision Technician student Kirk Clark, who recently received a Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship.

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CPTC Hosts Regional Automotive Competition

CPTC's Automotive Program hosted the 2015 SkillsUSA South Puget Sound Regional Automotive Competition Jan. 31.

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Degrees & Certificates

Meet the Instructors

Wayne Bridges, an instructor at Clover Park Technical College near Tacoma
Wayne Bridges
Wayne graduated from CPTC in 1977 and has worked as a professional automotive technician for 38 years. He’s worked as an automotive instructor since 1989 and was the CPTC Instructor of the Year in 1998, the Pierce County WAVA Vocational Educator of the Year 1999, and the CPTC ASG Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year for 2001-2002. He won the Puget Sound Energy Distinguished Faculty Award 1999 and the 2013 NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dave Brown, an instructor at Clover Park Technical College near Tacoma
Dave Brown
Dave has degrees from Denver Automotive and Diesel College, Renton Technical College and Clover Park Technical College. He's been a professional automotive technician for 15 years and is an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician. He's been teaching at CPTC since 2003.