Automotive Service Technology
Automotive Technical Education Program

Automotive Technical Education Program (ATEP)

Program Status:

ATEP Fall Start: Enrollment is Closed
ATEP Spring Start: 1 Slot Remaining

Any student that submitted an application for the Fall Start Program that is interested in the Spring Start Program should contact the office ASAP.

Registration Notice:
Students that are currently in the program and are beginning their second year of automotive classes, click here for your fall 2014 schedule.

What is ATEP?

Weber State University offers an Automotive Technology Educational Program (ATEP) program to our automotive students.  The ATEP program is a two-year associate degree program with an emphasis in independent shop service technology.  Students who complete this degree typically work as service technicians in independent shops or repair facilities, or continue on to one of Weber States University's Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology programs.  ATEP students may also work in a Ford, Subaru, Nissan, etc. dealership as well as any independent shop or repair facility.

Notice: This program accepts new students twice a year: Fall Start and Spring Start. Students that begin the program in the fall will attend automotive courses in the morning, typically from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.. Students that begin the program in the spring will attend automotive courses in the evening, typically from 4:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Where and When Will I Work?

Students working on this degree will work as paid service technicians in one of the hundreds of independent shops, in one of the many ACDelco TSS Service Centers or in a dealership in our geographical area of Utah.  Each student is required to complete at least 640 hours of supervised work experience (internship) at an independent shop or dealership during their education at Weber State University. 

Fall Start

  • During the summer break between freshmen and sophomore year the students will work their first 320 hours until school starts again at the end of August.
  • The last 320 hours of supervised work experience takes place during the first eight weeks of sophomore spring semester.  
  • After graduation, the technician should be prepared to work on his/her own.

Spring Start

  • During the summer break between the freshmen spring and freshmen fall semesters the students will work their first 320 hours until school starts again at the end of August.
  • The last 320 hours of supervised work experience takes place during the first eight weeks of sophomore fall semester.
  • After graduation, the technician should be prepared to work on his/her own.


What Will I Learn?

Instruction and training at Weber State University will include:

  • Shop safety, and S/P2 hazardous waste handling, and pollution prevention practices curriculum.
  • Electronic service information usage - All-Data 
  • Theory, diagnosis, and operation in all eight NATEF automotive areas on a vehicle. 
    • A1 - Engine Repair 
    • A2 - Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles
    • A3 - Manual Drivetrain and Axles
    • A4 - Steering and Suspension
    • A5 - Brake Systems 
    • A6 - Electrical / Electronic Systems
    • A7 - Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning
    • A8 - Engine Performance 
  • 900 hours of hands-on lab work on late model Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, and Chrysler vehicles to practice and develop skills.
  • Scan tool usage - Generic and manufacturer specific scan tools.
  • Developing diagnostic and trouble shooting skills with an emphasis on using a common diagnostic process. 



What Certifications Will I Prepare For?

  • Every new student is required to take all eight Automotive ASE exams to qualify for graduation.  The ASE exams are given at WSU at the end of each of the four semesters. 
  • ASE Master Technician certification. ASE Test preparation guides are available on the ASE website.
  • 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.

Program Coordinator:
Fall Start

Scott Hadzik

(801) 626-7138

(801) 626-7917


Program Coordinator:
Spring Start

Will Speigle

(801) 626-6321

(801) 626-7917


Weber State University
Technical Education Building
(22 TE on map)
Room 201

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Mailing Address
Department of Automotive Technology
Weber State University
1465 Edvalson St. Dept. 2404
Ogden Utah 84408-1504


ATEP Lab Locations
Engine Repair
Automatic Transmissions
Manual Drivetrain
Steering and Suspension
Brake Systems
Electrical Systems
Engine Performance

Weber State UniversityOgden, Utah 84408

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