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Chemeketa Community College

About Us

Do you like working with your hands and fixing things? Do you want a good-paying career with less than two years of schooling? Automotive technician jobs offer competitive wages and are in high demand. If you are ready for comprehensive training in automotive technology and car repair, Chemeketa is the place to start. Chemeketa's Automotive Technology program is competitive with special prerequisites and an enrollment limit. Some program options have early application deadlines. Class cohorts begin each fall.


Under The Hood

Provide a quick overview of the program (i.e., time to complete, credits, type of degree, etc.).

This program is designed to train future automotive technicians from introductory to advanced automotive diagnosis and repair. Students admitted to the program will be expected to complete general education courses as well as automotive courses in order to remain in the program and earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree This degree is designed to be completed in six terms (21 months). Enrollment in this program is limited and there is an early deadline for applications.

Is this a full or part time program?

The AAS degree is full time

Describe how classes are conducted (i.e, in-person, online, in the shop, etc.).

Classes consist of in-person lectures and hands-on labs.

What does the program cost?

It is estimated that for tuition, fees, and required tools/equipment, a student will spend about $17,800 to earn the Automotive Technology Associate of Applied Science degree.

What types of financial assistance or scholarships are available?

Students can apply for Federal Student Aid as well as many industry specific scholarships

Describe the application process and eligibility.

You can learn more about the application process by following the link below. https://www.chemeketa.edu/admission/enroll/

What types of work-based learning opportunities do you offer?


Describe your annual placements (i.e., number of students, percent who find a job in the industry, etc.).

Nearly 100% of our graduating class finds employment upon graduation.

What types of salaries can students expect after graduating and as they advance in their career?

Potential Salary $50,000

Is there anything unique about your program that you’d like to mention?


What general and specialty tools does the school provide?

All industry specific tools are provided.

What tools, if any, is a student responsible for providing?

There is a required list of hand tools the student is responsible for.

When in the lab, how much one-on-one time does an instructor get with each student?

There is a maximum of 20 students in a lab along with an instructor and assistant

What is the split between time spent in the classroom versus hands-on learning?

It is dependent on the class topic.

What does the school do to ensure students stay safe while in the lab?

Safety glasses, work shirt and pants are required for each class. The facility has all the other OSHA related equipment.

What types of processes does the lab have to ensure a clean working environment?

The students clean the lab after each class.

Does the school have access to factory software? If so, please explain.

Currently we have factory software support from Ford.

What types of service and parts software are available for the students to access?

We have subscriptions to AllData and ShopKey for service and parts information.

Is there anything else you’d like to mention about the lab environment?

Recently remodeled facility

Term 5

- Engine Performance 2 - Electronic Vehicle Controls 2 - Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning - Introduction to Technical Writing 2

Term 1

- Basic Automotive Engines - Automotive Brake Systems - Automotive Materials and Resources - Introduction to Algebra and Geometry - Applied Physical Science

Term 2

- Automotive Machine Shop - Automotive Steering and Suspension - Automotive Electrical Systems 1

Term 3

- Manual Drivetrains 1 - Automotive Electrical Systems 2 - Computing Concepts - Psychology of Human Relations - Introduction to Technical Writing

Term 4

- Manual Drivetrains 2 - Automatic Transmissions 1 - Engine Performance 1 - Electronic Vehicle Controls 1

Term 6

- Automotive Engines 2 - Automatic Transmissions 2 - Engine Performance 3 - Welding Processes

Brian Covey


Doug Rogers


Sam Olheiser


Brian McLearn


Shop Talk

Automotive Technology at Chemeketa