Automotive Technology/ITEC

The Automotive Technology/ITEC program is an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. It requires the Light Maintenance & Repair certificate to apply. Students will be trained in all eight NATEF/ASE automotive repair areas (engine repair, manual drive train, automatic transmission, brakes, steering and suspension, heating and air conditioning, electrical/ electronic systems, and engine performance). Graduates will be prepared to pursue ASE certifications and a Washington State Authorized Emission Specialist certification.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring

Automotive Technology/ITEC

Certificate of Completion: 
Associate of Applied Science: 
8 Quarters
143 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

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The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Jack Devine, Mike Fobes, Jim Mellon, Warren Takata

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18 years at the time of the first internship.
  • Must take the Accuplacer or ASSET test before entering the program or being placed on the pre-registration list.
  • Able to meet the admission requirements of Renton Technical College and the sponsoring repair facility.
  • Sponsored by an automotive repair facility.
  • Hold and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Insurable to school requirements (good driving record).
  • Completion of MATH 075 with a 2.0 GPA or higher.

Admission Recommendations

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • High school level classes in math, science, power or auto mechanics.
  • Counselor and instructor interview.

Course Information


Award Title Crs
Certificate Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technician 66

Core Curriculum

Course # Course Title Crs
AUTC 204 Automotive Transmissions/Transaxle and Customer Relations  6
AUTC 216 Engine Performance and Repair Communications 8
AUTC 226 Advanced Electronics 8
AUTC 228 Engine Repair and Shop Computations 6
AUTC 233 Manual Drive Train Axles 6
AUTC 281 Emission Certification 3
AUTC 293 Internship II 13
AUTC 294 Summer Internship 7
  Total Core Credits 57

General Education Courses

Course # Course Title Crs
AMATH 175 Applied mathematics for Business and Industry 5
CMST& 101 Speech Communication 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition  
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total General Education Credits 20
Total  Credits Required for AAS Degree   143

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for ITEC Automotive Technology Program

  • Diagnose and repair of vehicles to NATEF and Ford certification standards
  • Use technical service materials, printed or online, to analyze and determine proper repair procedures for vehicles of different brands
  • Perform repairs using the proper tools and diagnostic equipment as per manufacturer's specifications
  • Troubleshoot vehicle systems using logical, traceable steps that lead to identification of the root cause of malfunction
  • Apply mathematical skills essential to the requirements of the automotive service industry
  • Communicate effectively in oral or written form within the environment of a commercial repair shop
  • Model professional and ethical behavior, and practice good customer communication skills essential to the requirements of the work place


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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