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Automotive Technician

Why Choose the Automotive Technician Program?

It’s a good time to be an automotive student! With the ever-changing technology, cars are growing faster, safer and more fuel-efficient. Semi-autonomous vehicles are already on the road, and fully autonomous vehicles are not far off. Our Automotive Technician program immerses students in hands-on learning that includes the newest technology so they are prepared for a career after graduation.

The 85,000 square-foot automotive facility features state-of-the-industry paint rooms, computer labs, classrooms and glassed-in shop areas. The CPTC Automotive programs have won numerous national awards. We are an ASE/NATEF Master Certified training program that started one of the first Hybrid, Electric and Alternate Fuels programs in the U.S.

If you have a passion for cars and using knowledge and hands-on skills to make them work better than ever before, this might be the program for you.

Potential Careers

Auto Service Technician/Mechanic

Median annual pay in Washington:

$47,590 per year.

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Career Pathway

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


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Meet Your Instructors

Dave Brown

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 more than 15 years and is an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician. He's been teaching at CPTC since 2003.

Bldg 3, Rm 802
253-589-5725
david.brown@cptc.edu

Gary Covington

Bldg 3, Rm 902
253-589-5606
gary.coinvington@cptc.edu

Everick Lander

Bldg 3, Rm 602
253-589-5608
everick.lander@cptc.edu

Michael Smith

Bldg 3, Rm 702
253-589-5528
michael.smith@cptc.edu

Automotive Technician Program Information Sessions usually occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. 

To learn more about information sessions, visit cptc.edu/info-sessions

Visit the Academic Calendar at cptc.edu/academic-calendar to see when the next information session is scheduled.

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