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Automotive Technical Education Program (ATEP)

Prepares you for a career as an automotive service technician or to go on to one of WSU’s Automotive Technology bachelor’s programs.

If you want to learn the latest trends in independent shop service technology and walk away as a certified expert in automotive service, this program is for you.


Step 1:
Automotive Service Stackable 

Students may complete one of the following pre-requisite programs prior to applying to the program at WSU.

Choose one technical college

Bridgerland Technical College

Davis Technical College

Mountainland Technical College

Ogden-Weber Technical College

Salt Lake Community College

Snow College

Uintah Basin Technical College

Step 2:
Associate of Applied Science 

Apply to WSU Automotive

Associate of Applied Science

Course Requirements

Stackable Credits

This 2-year degree program includes formal classroom training and supervised work experience as a paid service technician in an independent shop, dealership or ACDelco TSS service center. 

ATEP Supervised Work Experience

Step 3:

Bachelor of Science

With a Bachelor's degree, you'll be able to position yourself for a leadership role withing the automotive industry. 

You’ll be qualified to work for some of the leading manufacturers around the country, or you can find a great career close to home.

Advanced Vehicle Systems emphasis
Field Service Operations emphasis

What you will learn

  • Working in an actual dealership or service center, you will learn to identify and analyze problems and apply real-world solutions. Choose one of hundreds of independent shops or one of many ACDelco TSS service centers or a Utah dealership.

    Your instruction and training at WSU covers:

  • Shop safety, S/P2 hazardous waste handling and pollution prevention practices
  • Electronic service information usage
  • Theory, diagnosis and operation in all 8 NATEF automotive areas on a vehicle
  • Scan tool usage, both generic and manufacturer specific scan tools
  • Diagnostic and troubleshooting skills with an emphasis on using a common diagnostic process

Why Choose This Program

  • Access. You can join our program during the fall or spring semester.
  • You will get real-world experience, completing 640 hours of supervised work at an independent shop or dealership.
  • You will also complete 900 hours of hands-on lab work on late-model Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota and Chrysler vehicles.
  • Why Choose This Program


Certifications You'll Prepare to Earn

  • ASE Master Technician certification
  • EPA Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990 (Section 609) Air Conditioning Certification
  • Emissions inspection and maintenance certification where applicable
  • Utah safety inspection certification for Utah-based students

  • You are required to take all 8 ASE exams to qualify for graduation. The exams are given at WSU at the end of each semester.

    Find test prep guides on the ASE website.



Employment Opportunities

Our program will prepare you to work as an automotive service technician or continue on to one of WSU’s Bachelor of Science degrees in Automotive Technology, which prepare you for a wide range of automotive-related industries, including:

Field service operations
Fleet management
Technical support


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