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Linn-Benton Community College

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The Automotive Technology program at Linn-Benton Community College is taught out of a 38,000 square foot, state of the art facility outfitted with all Snap-on tools and equipment. With 54 workstations and 25 bays, our facility can accommodate up to 70 students. The Automotive Program will train you to diagnose, repair, and maintain modern automobiles and light trucks using the latest diagnostic and undercar equipment. In cooperation with Stellantis, Toyota, Subaru, Mercedes, the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), and Snap-on Corporation, we combine operational theory with hands-on activities. The classes are designed to prepare you to pass the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification tests and are conducted in modern, well-equipped classrooms and laboratories.


Under The Hood

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

The Automotive Technology Program at LBCC offers 2 career paths to choose from. Our two year Associate of Applied Science Degree will provide you with Master Automobile Service Technician (MAST) training as outlined by the ASE Education Foundation (ASE). Our one year Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) Certificate will provide you with the maintenance and light repair (MLR) of modern vehicles as outlined by the ASE Education Foundation (ASE).

Is this a full or part time program?

We are a full time program only.

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

Classes are conducted in person in both the classroom and laboratory environments.

What does the program cost?

The program costs $21,727.19 for in-state students, $40,964.05 for out-of-state students, and $48,402.66 for international students.

What types of financial assistance or scholarships are available?

There are three basic sources of funds for college: Grants and Scholarships, Loans, and Federal Work-study. Most students rely on a combination of these sources to finance their education. By completing the FAFSA, you are applying for grants, Federal Work-study, and loans. Scholarships need to be applied for separately.

Describe the application process and eligibility.

We are an open enrollment school.

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

Our program requires 360 hours of Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) in the industry. Students will get exposure to one or more employers through CWE and through tours of repair facilities.

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

With robust support from local dealerships and independent repair shops 95% of our students and/or program graduates secure employment in the automotive repair industry.

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

The average salary for automobile service technicians in Oregon is $54,138. The average salary for automobile service technicians in the Linn/Benton counties is $52,112.

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

The college provides the students with Snap-on tools while they are learning at our facility, but we wanted to take that a step further. The college charges the students a tool fee that is rolled in to the program tuition for the first year. After successful completion of their first year of the program we give the students their earned Snap-on DMM, Snap-on tool set, and Snap-on tool box. The students can take these tools to their summer jobs to start fulfilling the CWE requirements. After graduating from the automotive program, the students are prepared to jump right into the lube technician or maintenance and light repair technician positions with quality tooling.

What general and specialty tools does the school provide?

Our program provides all general and specialty tooling the students will need during their stay at LBCC

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

LBCC provides all of the tooling required for our automotive program.

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

Our instructors are always on the shop floor with their students. We also have an instructional specialist that assists on the floor as well.

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

Times differ from course to course. Classroom time per week is usually between 4-6 hours and lab time per week is usually between 10-12 hours.

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

Our students get extensive safety training at the beginning of each first year course. Students are required to finish safety and lift certification training through Safety & Pollution Preventions (S/P2) website.

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

Students are required to clean up after themselves just like on the job. Our Instructional Specialist is also responsible for cleaning the shop and maintaining equipment.

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

Yes. LBCC is partnered with Toyota, Subaru, Stellantis, and Mercedes. Each manufacturer provides our students with access to their training.

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

At LBCC we use ShopKey Pro and AllData service software. ShopKey Shop Management SE software is used to provide paperless work orders, vehicle tracking, parts tracking, and invoicing.

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

The LBCC Automotive Shop has 25 bays. 21 of those bays have 10k 2-post lifts. Two of those bays have 10k MLR speed racks, and two of those bays have 10k in-ground alignment racks. We also have two 2-post lifts outside, one of which is a wash rack.

First Year - Fall Term

HD 121 Destination Graduation AU3.317 Electrical Systems & Engine Performance AU3.350 Shop Skills I ***.*** Computation

First Year - Winter Term

AU3.316 Maintenance & Light Repair Practices AU3.351 Shop Skills II AU3.643 Customer Service for Auto Tech AU3.315 Lab Scope Diagnostics

First Year - Spring Term

AU3.319 Suspension, Steering & Braking IN4.164 Technical Writing

Second Year - Fall Term

AU3.299 Engine Repair AU3.298 Advanced Engine Performance WE1.280W Cooperative Work Experience

Second Year - Winter Term

AU3.295 Manual Drivetrains & Axles AU3.300 Automatic Transmissions & Transaxles WE1.280W Cooperative Work Experience

Second Year - Spring Term

AU3.303 Auto Heating & Air Conditioning AU3.296 Advanced Steering, Suspension & Brakes WE1.280W Cooperative Work Experience

Beau Buganski


RJ Ehlers


Bryan Schiedler


Mike LeBlanc

Mike is an ASE certified Master Technician and has 20 years of experience working in the automotive repair industry in both dealerships and independent repair shops most recently as the Shop Foreman and lead Sprinter Tech at Mercedes-Benz of Salem OR. Mike is passionate about vehicle technology and especially enjoys teaching advanced diagnostics using an array OEM and aftermarket of scan tools and oscilloscopes. Mike is currently working on bringing hybrid and electric vehicle courses to our program and is excited for what the future holds. "It's an exciting time to be in the automotive industry as we accelerate towards vehicle electrification and I hope LBCC can lead the "charge" with electric vehicle technician education in the years to come"

Nick Garber


Matt Dubanoski

Matt is an ASE certified technician that has been working in the industry for 12 years. Matt started his career by attending the Automotive Program at LBCC. While in the program, Matt took 1st place in the Skills USA competition in the state of Oregon for both 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Matt went to Kansas City to compete nationally and took 10th place in the USA. Matt went on to graduate from the Automotive and Heavy/Diesel programs then had the opportunity to return to his alma mater as an instructor. Matt believes the student’s learning experience is of utmost importance, so he makes sure he shows his enthusiasm to make the learning fun. Matt teaches electrical systems, engine performance, and maintenance and light repair.

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