Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology LogoProgram Description:

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 the ASE Education Foundation. 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 students. Trained, journey-level technicians average $50,000 – $70,000 per year.

This program provides a two and a half-hour block of time split between the auto shop and related classroom work. The hands-on work and related instruction are based upon ASE educational 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 automotive industry.

During the second year, students will explore more advanced theory and diagnosis principles, as well as tackle more advanced maintenance and repair activities in the shop. 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 manufacturer specific, or general auto training programs.  Second year graduates will be fully prepared to pass their ASE Entry-Level certification tests and the EPA 609 refrigerant handling certification. This is the first step toward achieving ASE Master Technician certification.

Program Benefits:

  • 3 High School credits per year
  • High school credit equivalency (1.0 lab science elective at the discretion of the sending school district)
  • Completion certificate from nationally 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

Industry Certification:

  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Entry-Level Certification in nine vehicle system categories
  • EPA 609 Refrigerant Handling Certification
  • 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:

  • Excellent attendance habits during 1st year program
  • 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, first and second year students and parent/guardian(s) are required to attend the class orientation at Cascadia Technical Academy. Dates will be announced after registration.


  • 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

Textbook Reading Level:

  • Theory materials 12.0+
  • Diagnosis and testing manuals 13.0

Career Opportunities:

  • Engine Repair Technician
  • Auto Transmission Technician
  • Manual Transmission/Drivetrain Technician
  • Suspension/Alignment Technician
  • Brakes Technician
  • Electrical Technician
  • Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technician
  • Engine Performance Technician
  • Parts Counterperson
  • Warranty Clerk
  • Service Advisor

Credit Equivalencies and College Credit:
Click here to learn more about credit equivalencies as well as the articulation agreements and college credits available for each program.

Program Supply List / Student Costs:

Please plan ahead. CTA programs require that uniforms, supplies, and other program-specific related items be purchased or completed prior to the first day of school. To access the list of this program’s uniform, supply and other program-related costs please  click here.


Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is a mandatory requirement to participate in internships. Student accident insurance is available through the sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding these expenses, please see Melissa Downing in our Student Service Center. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Downing can be reached at 360-604-1062 or at Ms. Downing is available during the school year when school is in session.

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.