Program Description

Our Automotive Technology program is recognized by the industry as the top high school automotive training course in the region. Our instructors are ASE Certified Master Technicians and our program is accredited by the ASE Education Foundation. Our close partnerships with local dealerships and shops allow us to offer students the ability to get a head start on their career. The employment potential and wages are high for our students.

This program provides a two and a half-hour block of time split between the auto shop and related classroom work. The hands-on work and related instruction are based upon ASE educational standards, which include the skills, personal traits, and knowledge required to achieve entry-level employment in the automotive industry.

Partnership with Dick Hannah


​First year: Students will develop foundational skills and knowledge of auto repair that will be used throughout their entire career as an auto professional. These skills include: shop safety & hazardous materials handling, base engine operation, general vehicle maintenance, wheel & tire service, brake system maintenance, electrical testing & repair, engine performance maintenance.

Second year: Students will explore more advanced repair concepts on all vehicle systems and perform real repairs on school and personal vehicles. Students will also apply their knowledge through our internship program, which places students in local shops and dealerships working under the supervision of a mentor technician. This will allow students to build their skills and move into higher positions upon graduation. Internship is also an excellent pathway to employment, with many of our students gaining jobs and college sponsorship during their time as a Cascadia Tech Auto student.

Program Benefits:

  • 3 High School credits per year

  • May qualify for 1.0 Program of Study Math or 1.0 Lab Science academic credit equivalencies. See sending school counselor for eligibility. 

  • Completion certificate from nationally recognized ASE certified program

  • Leadership and competition opportunities through SkillsUSA

  • Job opportunities and college sponsorship available through internships

  • Preparation for next level of education/training

  • Successful completion of the program, with a grade of “B” or higher, may result in college credit

Industry Certification:

  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Entry-Level Certification, up to nine available

  • EPA 609 Refrigerant Handling Certification

  • S/P2 Automotive Service Safety

  • S/P2 Automotive Service Pollution Prevention

  • 21st Century Skills Certification

Automotive Technology I:

  • Excellent high school attendance habits

  • Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1 recommended

  • Reading proficiency at 10th grade level

Automotive Technology II:

  • Excellent attendance during 1st year program

  • Must pass 1st year program and be recommended by instructor; limited space available

  • Must provide own transportation to internship site


  • Employment in the auto industry is dependent upon clean driving record, drug test, and background check; may affect ability to be placed at an internship.

  • Upon acceptance into the program, first and second year students and parent/guardian(s) are required to attend their respective class orientation at Cascadia Technical Academy. Dates will be announced after registration.


  • Skills USA National membership and regional competition and conferences (approximately $25)

Lab Time/Theory Time:
Approximately 30 percent of the time will be devoted to theory and 70 percent to lab.

Textbook Reading Level:

  • Theory materials 12.0+

  • Diagnosis and testing manuals 13.0

Career Opportunities:

  • Engine Repair Technician

  • Auto Transmission Technician

  • Manual Transmission/Drivetrain Technician

  • Suspension/Alignment Technician

  • Brakes Technician

  • Electrical Technician

  • Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technician

  • Engine Performance Technician

  • Parts Counterperson

  • Warranty Clerk

  • Service Advisor

Credit Equivalencies and College Credit:
Click here to learn more about credit equivalencies.
Click here to learn more about the articulation agreements and college credits available for each program.

Program Supply List / Student Costs:

  • First year: Automotive Technology student uniform ($90 approx.)

  • Second year: Automotive Service Excellence ($45 testing fee)

  • SkillsUSA National membership and regional competition and conferences ($25) (Optional)

CTA programs require that uniforms, supplies, and other program specific related items be purchased prior to the first day of school.   To access the list of this program’s uniform, supply and other program-related costs please click here.

Note: It is recommended that all students attending Cascadia Technical Academy have medical insurance. Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is required for students participating in internships or clinicals.  Student accident insurance is available through the sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding these expenses, please see Melissa Downing. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Downing can be reached at 360-604-1062 or at Ms. Downing is available during the school year when school is in session.