Automotive Technology

Maintenance & Light Repair


The Maintenance and Light Repair 1 Year Certificate (MLR) program qualifies students for entry level employment in the auto maintenance industry and related fields. This certificate program meets the NATEF General Service Technician (GST) requirements.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Certificate Full Time: 3
Part Time: Part Time Option Not Available

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

Students must meet with an advisor for entry into this program. A placement test is required to ensure language and computational skills are sufficient for program success.

  • Inspect, service, diagnose, repair, or replace each of the major systems in various types of vehicles.
  • Locate sources, estimate costs and explain repair or service
  • Handle customer needs, complaints, questions and special challenges.
  • Demonstrate computer competency by accessing data and documentation used for repair and apply manufacturer's specifications in repair or replacement.
  • Work safely and responsibly within all shop safety and environmental guidelines and standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to pass the ASE test required for ASEEF certification
  • Communicate and document service records.
  • Compute costs, time and measurements.
  • Work independently and in groups to service, repair, test and maintain vehicles.
  • Use technology to test vehicles. Work with accuracy, dependability, proficiency and in a timely manner, when servicing and repairing vehicles.

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Full Time Cost

Quarter Credits Resident Non-Resident International
1 18 $1,723.96 $1,904.72 $3,731.18
2 18 $1,723.96 $1,904.72 $3,731.18
3 18 $1,723.96 $1,904.72 $3,731.18

The following fee is associated with the program:

  • program fee

Quarter Start Dates: Automotive Technology classes begin in Spring and Fall.

Students may still enroll in the program during other quarters to begin their related academic classes (Not required if a student has already completed these classes. Students must provide an official transcript.).

Class Times: Check the online class schedule. Students will meet during the class timeframe listed, however in order to maintain safe distances in on-site labs students will be grouped and have specified times on campus. Please check with your instructor for more information.

Other related academic classes are required that meet outside of these class times. These classes can be completed online and/or in-person depending on availability. Check with an advisor regarding when to take related academic classes.


View a sample schedule and quarterly to-do list.