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Yakima Valley College Catalog 2017-2018 
Yakima Valley College Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Automotive Service Technology

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The Automotive Service Technology (AST) program provides a quality, easily-accessible education, utilizing theory, design, practical application, and live work to prepare students for entry-level employment as dynamic and qualified automotive technicians.

Theory is presented to aspiring technicians in a classroom setting. Students practice skills and diagnostic procedures in a lab setting, for nearly two-thirds of our program.

Technological advances in the automotive field require a highly-skilled repair technician. The YVC AST program offers training in all areas of automotive diagnostics and repair with emphasis on electronic and computer-integrated systems found on today’s automobiles. Students will train in a large, modern facility with state-of-the-art equipment, and all instructors are Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified.

Enrollment is open to those who qualify at the beginning of fall, winter, and spring quarters of each academic year.  A specific list of tools and box is required by the program.  The students can purchase these items within the first quarter of enrollment.  This requirement assists the student in gaining employment after graduation.  Enrolled students can take advantage of discounts offered by industry and local tool vendors.  Even with the tool requirement, the program cost is less than other AST programs.  See AST Faculty for more information.  An Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded upon successful completion of the program with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

The AST program has been evaluated and certified at the highest level of and by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Training Program. For program accreditation information, visit

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete their AAS in Automotive Service Technology will be qualified to gain employment as an entry-level technician within the automotive industry. Upon completion of one year as a technician in the field and successfully passing the ASE Automobile & Light Truck Certification Test(s), a student can be professionally certified. For ASE testing and certification information, visit

Your AAS degree in AST can also be used as credit toward the Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Business Management, when applying.  The BASM degree will broaden your career opportunities in and beyond the Automotive industry.  See the AST or BASM advisors for more information.


Graduates will be prepared for entry-level employment, and students will be prepared to take the national ASE certification tests in all eight automobile and light truck certification areas. Career opportunities in the automotive repair industry are better than ever, as there is a shortage of qualified automotive technicians. Competent, highly trained, and motivated automotive service technology students are in demand. Students can qualify for positions as service technicians with new car dealerships, independent repair facilities, franchise operations as well as government and fleet repair facilities. Students can also qualify for positions in the sales of automobile parts and service equipment.

For more information on current employment trends, contact the Washington State Employment Security Department at Additional information is available at

The YVC Automotive Service Technology program has a collaborative program with YV-TECH. High school students can take one or two years of AST classes during their high school years. An extra year of YVC classes is required to meet the degree requirements to graduate with an associate of applied science degree. See a YV-TECH or YVC advisor for more information.


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      Automotive Service Technology

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