Automotive Technology & Transportation

autoThe WACTC Automotive Technology program focuses on the sophisticated tools and techniques required in the successful diagnosis and repair of today’s increasingly complex automobiles. Our program, which is accredited by the National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF), is designed not only to give students a working knowledge of auto repair, but also prepares them to become Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified technicians. WACTC also partners with local dealerships, establishing mentorship programs and paid internships for qualified students.
Qualified graduates will receive college credits.





Student & Parent, why does the Career Tree matter to you?

1) The first set of branches is the Entry-Level Careers that students unlock by completing the Automotive Technology program at WACTC. 

2) Students can unlock the next level, the Technical Careers, by pursuing additional education such as an associate’s degree, advanced certification, apprenticeship, or other specialized training.

3) They push their education even further with a bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D., or specialized training, they can unlock the Professional Careers.

Automotive Technology

What Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Do

Automotive service technicians and mechanics inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.

Work Environment

Most automotive service technicians and mechanics work in well-ventilated and well-lit repair shops. Although technicians often identify and fix automotive problems with computers, they commonly work with greasy parts and tools, sometimes in uncomfortable positions.

How to Become an Automotive Service Technician or Mechanic

Employers prefer that automotive service technicians and mechanics complete a program at a postsecondary institution. Industry certification is usually required once the person is employed.


The median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $40,710 in May 2018.