Why WSU Automotive?
Why Choose Automotive Technology at WSU?
- Paid internships are included throughout the curriculum.
- Our partnerships with Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, and Chrysler allow us to provide modern, state-of-the-art, technology and training.
- Our programs have been NATEF master certified since 1989.
- Become ASE certified.
- AAS degree and BS Degree programs offered.
- Real work experience and a great education with low tuition costs. Financial aid is available.
- Reduced out-of-state tuition is available, call for assistance.
Our program supports the Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES). WSU provides continued education and sponsorship opportunities to AYES students who choose to become college students.
What are the employment opportunities?
Associate's degree graduates are qualified for a variety of entry-level service technician positions in dealerships, independent garages and other automotive service suppliers.
Bachelor's degree graduates are qualified for positions involving customer service, field engineering, field service testing, and technical instruction. Graduates work for companies such as Ford, General Motors, Honda, Chrysler, Toyota, MHC Kenworth, Manheim Corporation, and Sterling Collision Centers, as well as independent shops, Insurance companies, schools, and automotive aftermarket supply companies.
Starting salaries vary depending on the region, workplace and skill level. Associate's degree graduates can expect starting salaries ranging from $25,000-$35,000 per year, while Bachelor degree graduates typically start at $40,000 or more per year. For more information, go to Career Services
What will I learn in the program?
In the Associate of Applied Science program , you will prepare for a career as a automobile service technician by learning how a vehicle operates, how to diagnose problems with vehicles, and how to correct the problems you have diagnosed. You will do this using the latest diagnostic tools, vehicles, and service information available directly from the different vehicle manufacturers we are partnered with.
The Bachelor of Science degree program builds on the AAS degree program by preparing graduates for employment in a wide variety of automotive industries including service operations, fleet management, and technical support activities. As a graduate of this program, you will have developed technical competence and strong interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively, solve problems, and work in teams.