Automotive Technology

This program teaches student how to work on modern automobiles. It covers all aspects of automotive repair. Students will practice their skills in a state-of-the-art facility. Graduates earn a Washington State Emission Certification and ASE Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Certificate. Students also have the opportunity to earn ASE certification in other automotive specialties.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring

Certificate of Completion: 
7 Quarters
69-120 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
7-8 Quarters
140 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.

Michael Fobes, Ryan Hoaglin, James Mellon, Warren Takata

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Must take the Accuplacer or ASSET test before entering the program or being placed on the pre-registration list.

Additional requirements for Automotive Technology

  • 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, or equivalent score on the ACCUPLACER test.

Admission Recommendations

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

Course Information

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

Certificate of Completion - 69 credits
Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101 College Success 2
AMATH 178J Automotive Mathematics 3
AUTC 101 Safety/Environmental Issues 2
AUTC 112 Maintenance and Light Repair 8
AUTC 117 Electrical Systems 8
AUTC 118 Brakes 9
AUTC 124 Heating and Air Conditioning 6
AUTC 132 Steering and Suspension 9
AUTC 171 Written Communications 3
AUTC 180 Human Relations/Customer Relations 3
AUTC 191 Internship I 14
INDS 101 First Aid/CPR & AED 2
  Total 69

Automotive Technology

Certificate of Completion - 120 credits
Course # Course Title Credits
Certificate Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair 69
AUTC 204 Automotive Transmission/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 14
  Total 120


General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree:

Course # Course Title Credits
Certificate Automotive Technology 120
AMATH 175 Applied Mathematics for Business and Industry 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Automotive Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree 140

Program Outcomes

  • Learning Outcomes for 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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