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Clackamas Community College

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Earn your degree in Automotive Service Technology at Clackamas Community College and learn how to repair and maintain passenger cars and light trucks. Learn what it takes to work in the automotive industry, how to repair and maintain passenger cars and light trucks from experienced faculty members and take advantage of cooperative work experience with local employers while earning your Associate of Applied Science degree in automotive technology from Clackamas Community College. Our mission is to provide quality instruction and training leading to employment, advancement, and/or personal enrichment in the automotive mechanics industry.


  • Our new Bosch ADAS calibration system is in the house.
  • 2020 Hyundi battery pack 385 volts.
  • Thank you to the OEA for providing Hybrid safety gloves for our students.
  • 1965 Mustang electric conversion
  • Building a hydrogen car

Under The Hood

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

The instruction, curriculum, facilities, and equipment of the Automotive Service Technology program have been evaluated by the Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation (ASEEF) and are accredited to the Master Automotive Service Technician (MAST) level. Training combines operational theory with hands-on activities in engine repair, automatic transmissions, manual transmission and drive train, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical and electronic systems, heating and air conditioning, engine performance, safety systems, and alternative fuel transportation vehicles. The program consists of instructional blocks of 100 hours each that are a combination of lecture and hands-on laboratory work. Each instructional block focuses on a specialized area and at the completion, students are assessed according to their success in meeting course outcomes. Partnerships between CCC and automotive repair businesses will allow you to learn in the classroom and on the job through the Internship and the Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) courses. The program prepares students to pass ASE certification tests and begin a career as an automotive service technician. Students can achieve industry-recognized ASE certification shortly after earning a degree. Entry into the program is yearly, typically beginning fall term. An alternate schedule may be available depending on program limits for student seat loads.

Is this a full or part time program?

Our Automotive Service Technology program is a two-year program. Students have the option of attending full-time or part-time. However, in order to complete the program in two years and earn an AAS degree, you must attend as a full-time student.

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

All of our courses are in person. Each automotive course is a combination of theory and hands on lab work.

What does the program cost?

Our current tuition cost is $113.00 per credit. To complete our program and earn an AAS degree, a student will need to complete 91 credits totaling $10,283.

What types of financial assistance or scholarships are available?

We offer multiple scholarships in the automotive program to cover cost. We also have several companies offering students complete tuition reimbursement and tool cost through our internship program.

Describe the application process and eligibility.

Very simple, fill out the online college enrollment form to get started.

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

During a student's second year in our program, they are offered a paid internship with our industry partners.

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

We offer 100% job placement through our internship program for our student's.

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

All of our interns have a minimum starting pay of $15.00 per hour. That increases too $18.00 per hour after the internship completion.

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

We are a purpose driven program. Our goal is to place our students into companies that value them as employees. Companies that are willing to help them succeed and invest in their growth.

What general and specialty tools does the school provide?

All program student tools are provided. All 23 workstations have a full inventory of tools for student use.

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

Students are not requirement to have personal tools while enrolled in our program.

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

Our current seat load is 18 students per course. In most cases, our students work in teams of two. This allows plenty of individual instruction for our students.

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

A typical automotive course in our program allows a student to spend about 75% shop and 25% lecture.

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

Overall student safety is of the utmost importance. Any new student entering our program must attend a one-week orientation course prior to taking any other automotive classes. This course covers safety while working in a shop environment along with demonstration of shop equipment and supervised student practice of the equipment.

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

Each workstation location is provided cleaning materials.

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

We are equipped with a few OEM software access. General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Hyundi, and Subaru.

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

All of our students use tablets to access Pro Demand, All Data, and Direct Hit.

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

Our goal is to ensure each student has every piece of equipment in their workstation to keep them productive and learning. We provide vehicles, tools, car lift, tablet, and wireless connection throughout the shop. In addition, if a tool is not available in the toolbox, we have a fully staffed tool room and parts department for our students.

AAS Degree Automotive Service Technology

AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNOLOGY CORE REQUIREMENTS COMPLETE 6 CREDITS OF AM-280 AM-280 Auto Mechanics/CWE 6 credits COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING CORE REQUIREMENTS AM-101 Intro to Automotive Service Technology 2 credits AM-129 Electrical Systems I 5 credits AM-130 Brake Systems 5 credits AM-131 Suspension Systems 5 credits AM-133 Engine Systems 5 credits AM-135 Power Transmission Systems 5 credits AM-142 Engine Performance I 5 credits AM-201 Automotive Internship 5 credits AM-223 Alternative Fuels Transportation Technology 5 credits AM-224 Comfort Systems 5 credits AM-225 Safety Systems 5 credits AM-228 Service Shop Management 4 credits AM-229 Electrical Systems II 5 credits AM-242 Engine Performance II 5 credits AM-245 Automatic Transmission Systems 5 credits WLD-102 Introduction to Welding 2 credits COMPUTATION RELATED INSTRUCTION COMPLETE MTH-050 OR MTH-065 MTH-050 Technical Mathematics I 4 credits MTH-065 Algebra II 4 credits COMMUNICATION RELATED INSTRUCTION COMPLETE WR-101 OR WR-121 WR-101 Communication Skills: Occupational Writing 3 credits WR-121 English Composition 4 credits HUMAN RELATIONS RELATED INSTRUCTION COMPLETE 3 CREDITS. RECOMMENDED: COMM-100 OR PSY-101. PLEASE REFER TO THE CATALOG FOR A LIST OF APPROVED RELATED INSTRUCTION COURSES. PE/HEALTH/SAFETY RELATED INSTRUCTION COMPLETE 3 CREDITS. RECOMMENDED: HE-252 OR MFG-107. PLEASE REFER TO THE CATALOG FOR A LIST OF APPROVED RELATED INSTRUCTION COURSES.

Nick Roberts

Nick has over 20 years of industry experience in the automotive field. Currently, he holds an ASE Master Level Certification and L1 Certification. Nick was a graduate of our CCC Automotive program in 2010. In 2017, Nick started teaching courses here at CCC. At this time, Nick teaches Automatic Transmissions, Electrical 1 and 2, Safety Systems, and Introduction to Automotive. If you can't find Nick in the classroom, he will probably be hanging out with his grandson or rocking out with his base guitar in his home studio.

Rick Lockwood

Rick has over 30 years of industry experience in the automotive field with 15 of those years as a shop owner. Currently Rick holds an ASE Master Level Certification, along with G1, L1, and L3 Certifications. Rick started teaching part-time evening courses in 1995 and in 2006, became a full-time instructor. Rick teaches Comfort Systems, Engine Performance II, Alternative Fuels and Transportation, Service Shop Management, and leads our internship program. When he is not in the classroom, you will find him creating something in his woodshop.

Wryann Van Riper

Wryann knew early on that the automotive industry was where he wanted to be. As a high school student, Wryann took 1st in the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) Skills USA in the State of Oregon Automotive Competition. He then went on to compete nationally in New York and placed 2nd in the USA. Wryann attended Clark Community College where he completed the Toyota T10 program. In 2006, Wryann opened a custom automotive performance shop in Portland Oregon. After a successful 10 years as a shop owner, Wryann sold his business and started teaching full-time at Clackamas Community College as an automotive instructor in our high school automotive program. Wryann's hobbies include working on custom cars, engines, riding motorcycles in remote locations across the northwest and flying his airplane.

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