Our Automotive Technology program is recognized as one of the top high school automotive training facilities in the nation. Our instructors are ASE Certified Master Technicians and our program is certified by NATEF. Our close partnerships with local dealerships and shops allow us to offer students the ability to get a head start on their career. The employment potential and wages are high for our industry. Trained, Journey-level technicians average $50,000 – $70,000 per year.
This program provides a two and a half-hour block of time in shop and related classroom work. The laboratory and related instruction are based upon ASE Automotive Technician standards, which include the skills, personal traits, and knowledge required to achieve entry-level employment in the automotive industry.
During the first year, students will study and learn the theory, operation, and maintenance of all of the major systems on an automobile. This will prepare students for an entry-level job in the industry.
During the second year, students will study diagnosis and repair skills on Brakes, Electrical, Engine Performance, and Steering/Suspension systems. Students will apply that knowledge through our internship program, which places students in local shops working under the supervision of a mentor technician. This will allow students to build their skills and move into higher positions upon graduation. Or if they choose, they may take advantage of our articulation agreement with local colleges and get advanced placement into their Auto Technology program. Students nearing graduation should be fully prepared to pass their Student ASE certification tests demonstrating mastery of the information at this level. This is also good preparation for the ASE Technician Certification tests.
- 3 High School credits per year
- May qualify for math or science credits in some districts. Check out your district’s offerings by going to our website’s programs page and clicking on “Credit Equivalency”
- Competency Certificate from locally recognized ASE Certified Program
- Leadership and competition opportunities through Skills USA
- Entry level job skills
- Preparation for next level of education/training
- Successful completion of the program, with a grade of “B” or higher, may result in college credit
- National Automobile Technician Education Foundation (NATEF)
- Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
- Safety and Pollution Prevention (SP-2)
- 21st Century Skills certification
Automotive Technology I:
- Must have successfully completed Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1
- Reading proficiency at 10th grade level
- Excellent high school attendance record
Automotive Technology II:
- Must pass 1st year program with a B grade or better to qualify for 2nd year; limited space available
- Must have own transportation to internship training site
- Must provide own health insurance to participate in internships
- Courses in Small Gas Engines, Principles of Technology and Physics are recommended.
- Employment in industry is dependent upon clean driving record, drug test, and background check; may affect ability to be placed on internship.
- Upon acceptance into the program, student and parent/guardian are encouraged to participate in the Orientation at Cascadia Tech Academy
- Skills USA National membership and regional competition and conferences (approximately $25)
- Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
Lab Time/Theory Time:
Approximately 30 percent of the time will be devoted to theory and 70 percent to lab
An average of 3 hours a week
Textbook Reading Level:
- Theory materials 12.0+
- Diagnosis and testing manuals 13.0
- Apprentice Mechanic
- Automotive Technician
- Brake and Alignment Specialist
- Parts Counterperson
- Service Manager
- Warranty Parts Administrator
- Service Advisor
- Emission Specialist
Program Supply List / Student Costs:
Students are required to have two uniform shirts ordered through www.automotiveworkwear.com. On the left under Work Clothing click on School Programs, Schools A-F, CCSC Cascadia Tech. Order two automotive uniform shirts (coveralls are for Diesel Tech students only). Purchase two pairs of black work slacks as well as one pair of work boots or shoes (safety shoes recommended). Safety glasses are also required and the first pair is free; additional pairs will have to be purchased by the student (clear lenses required). Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is required.
Student must provide their own transportation to/from internship sites. Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is required.
Note: Student accident insurance is available through your sending high school.
If you have concerns regarding these expenses, please see Peggy Leifheit in our Business Office. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Leifheit can be reached at 360-604-1050 ext. 2158 or at Peggy.Leifheit@evergreenps.org.
Additional Information and Services:
The Cascadia Tech Academy Automotive Technology program has two sessions. Session one is from 7:45-10:15, session two is 11:15-1:45. Session two has the second year automotive class. Selected students from the first year class qualify for the second year class. There are four areas covered primarily, brakes, electrical, engine performance, and steering/suspension. The Automotive program allows customers to arrange appointments to bring their cars in to be serviced. To arrange an appointment contact our staff assistant at (360) 604-1050 ext. 2139. Services offered are on a case by case basis but limited to maintenance and basic repair in areas the students have learned about in class. Pricing for customer work is $12.00/hr flat rate plus price for parts required.