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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.

degree information

Degree Information

Associate of Applied Science

Course Requirements

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 Schedule



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Program Information


Why to 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.

What You'll 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

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.


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ATEP Program


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

Starting Salaries

With an Associate of Applied Science degree, you’ll earn up to $25,000–$35,000 per year.