The Automotive Service Technician (AST) degree builds on the General Service Technician I certificate by providing advanced repair and diagnostic skills for placement as an automotive technician. Students alternate between classroom study and a dealership internship to develop additional theory and higher levels of hands-on skills and earn certifications with our industry partners: Subaru University, Nissan Technical Training Academy and National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).

Completion Award
Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences
Length of Study
101 Credits
Starting Quarter
Spring, Summer
On Campus

  • Apply employability skills for success in an entry-level automotive technician position.
  • Perform common maintenance, inspection and service procedures for the eight automotive systems: Engine, Manual Transmission and Axles, Brakes, Heating and Air Conditioning, Automatic Transmission, Suspension and Steering, Electrical/Electronic Control and Engine Performance.
  • Identify and apply safe work practices working on or with vehicle systems, tools, equipment, lifts, ventilation and hazardous waste disposal.
  • Utilize service information systems to obtain specifications and proper service and maintenance procedures.
  • Utilize service information and skills to diagnosis basic automotive concerns.
  • Utilize service information to remove and replace failed components.

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The job outlook for automotive service technicians is projected to remain strong over the next decade. AST graduates may first be hired as maintenance technicians and will apply their skills to higher-level diagnosis and repair of all automotive systems.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter 
WA-Resident Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
1 credit $152.13 $166.72 $243.46  $330.00
5 credits $631.60 $706.40 $1,090.10 $1,522.80
12 credits (full-time) $1,359.08 $1,510.28 $2,283.78 $3,156.04
15 credits  $1,524.20 $1,677.80 $2,460.45 $3,343.00

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Fees:Auto Dealer Programs 
Approximately $1700 per quarter in tools and equipment
Additional Fees: Automotive GST/AST
Approximately $63 per quarter

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

Next Steps

Admission to this program is through an application process. Applicants need to meet the eligibility requirements and apply to the program as well as the College. Faculty and staff are available to assist with the process.

How to apply