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Automotive Service Technician (AST) AAAS Degree Program Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide provides in-depth information about the requirements for this certificate/degree. Review this information with your advisor and develop a plan for completion. 

  • Click on “print degree planner”  for a print-friendly version of this planning guide; when you apply for graduation, you will use this form to document the classes you have taken.
  • The Class Schedule will tell you when classes are available this quarter. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Program Description:

The Automotive Service Technician Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in the automotive service industry.

The AST-Degree builds on the GST I-BEST Certificate of Proficiency program by providing further instruction: Students will develop in-depth repair and diagnostic skills and earn certifications with our industry partners: Subaru University; Nissan Technical Training Academy; and NC3 (National Coalition of Certification Centers).

Students who apply and are accepted to Shoreline’s Tesla training program may apply that course to completion of the AST-Degree.

Students will have an opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree by completing four core general education courses.

Program Prerequisites:

CASAS test score of 220; ESL level 5 or higher; instructor interview; permission to register; valid driver’s license; proof of insurability, i.e. Dept. of Licensing driving record; most employers require drug testing. Work with your advisor to determine English and Math placement.

General Education Requirements - 15-20 Credits

Communication Skills (5 Credits)

Choose either ENGL& 101  or BTWRT 215 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose either MATH 070  or BUS 102 .

Multicultural Understanding (3-5 Credits)

Choose either BUS 103 , CMST 203 , or MCS 105 .

Human Relations (2-5 Credits)

Choose either BUS 104  or BUS 105 .

Approval To Graduate

Student Name, SID and Date: ____________________________________________________

Faculty Advisor and Date: _______________________________________________________

Division Dean and Date: ________________________________________________________

Credential Approval and Date: ____________________________________________________

Suggested Schedule

Second Quarter

Communication - 5 Credits

Take either ENGL& 101  or BTWRT 215 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning - 5 Credits

Take either MATH 070  or BUS 102 .

Multicultural Understanding - 3 to 5 Credits

Take either BUS 103 , CMST 203 , or MCS 105  

Human Relations - 2 to 5 Credits

Take either BUS 104  or BUS 105 .

Program Advisor:

Amber Avery
206-546-4793 aavery@shoreline.edu Rm 2168

Program Information:

Length of Program: 101-106 Credits
Completion Award: Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences (AAAS)
Approximate Quarterly Costs: $1700.00 (includes tuition, lab fee, parking and instructional fees)
Website: www.shoreline.edu/auto

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GST I-BEST and AST Degree programs. What are they?

The programs are designed for students interested in introductory automotive training and who want to develop high level skills for maintenance, diagnosis, and repair. The program begins with the 45-credit GST I-BEST Certificate of Proficiency that uses the innovative team-teaching I-BEST approach to instruction. Students will learn basic education and employment skills through the I-BEST team-teaching method. We encourage students with little or no automotive experience to apply. The AST-Degree will provide additional theory, develop higher levels of hands-on skills, and improve diagnostic skills. During the internships, students will be employed in dealerships, independent repair shops, or other automotive businesses. Note: Internships are part-time jobs intended to become permanent careers. Upon completion of the AST Degree program, an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree will be awarded.


Students successfully completing this program by -by achieving a GPA of 2.0 or better for the entire program- should be able to:

  1. Apply employability skills for success in an entry-level automotive technician position.
  2. Perform common maintenance, inspection, and service procedures for the eight automotive systems: Engine, Manual Transmission and Axles, Brakes, Heating and Air Conditioning, Automatic Transmission, Suspension and Steering, Electrical/Electronic Control, and Engine Performance.
  3. Identify and apply safe work practices working on/ with vehicle systems, tools, equipment, lifts, ventilation, and hazardous waste disposal.
  4. Utilize service information systems to obtain specifications and proper service and maintenance procedures.
  5. Utilize service information and skills to diagnose basic automotive concerns.
  6. Utilize service information to remove and replace failed components.

Career Opportunities - What can I do with a General Service Technician Certificate or Automotive Service Technician Degree?

The job outlook for automotive service technicians is projected to remain strong over the next decade. GST graduates may be hired as entry-level technicians performing basic maintenance. An AST graduate may first be hired as a maintenance technician and will apply their skills to higher level diagnose and repair of all automotive systems.

Potential employers include: Retail automotive dealerships; independent auto repair shops; local and national repair shop chains; federal, state, and local governments and private company fleets. For more information, please visit www.shoreline.edu/acc/CareerCounseling.aspx.

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696



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