Yakima Valley College now offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management (BASM) and the AAS in Automotive Service Technology can be accepted as the first two years of the BASM. Classes meet in the evenings so you could be earning wages while completing this degree.

​Automotive Service Technology Program

The Automotive Service Technology (AST) program provides a quality, easily-accessible education, utilizing theory, design, practical application, and live work to prepare students for entry-level employment as dynamic and qualified automotive technicians.

Program offers training in all nine ASE areas of automotive diagnostics and repair with emphasis on electronic and computer-integrated systems found on today’s automobiles. The AST Program requires a minimum of two years to complete. Enrollment is open to those who qualify at the beginning of fall, winter, and spring quarters of each academic year. An Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Service Technology is awarded upon the successful completion of the program.

The AST program has been evaluated and certified at the highest level of and by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Training Program.



Automotive Service Excellence Certification

National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) tests and certifies automotive professionals in all major technical areas of repair and service. By passing difficult, national tests, ASE-certified technicians prove their technical competence to themselves, to their employers, and to their customers. There are specialty exams covering all major areas of repair. Technicians who pass at least one exam and fulfill the two-year work experience requirement become ASE-certified.

The the curriculum is structured to help all students reach their potential. All instructors, at a minimum, are ASE Certified in the subject they teach and have years of field (industry) experience.

  • Classes address each of the vehicle systems, their operation and components in individual ASE area modules.
  • One subject is presented at a time, with emphasis on electrical and electronic operation.
  • Each module has a lecture and a corresponding lab course.
  • Courses are presented in two classrooms, a 16 bay shop with our own fleet of vehicles and industry relevant equipment.
  • Two thirds of the automotive course time is devoted to hands-on practical application in our lab. ”
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Additional Program Information

Tool vendors offering student discounts

The following tool list contains the required tools for the Automotive Service Technology program. These tools are needed for entry-level technicians entering the automotive repair field. YVC has formal agreements with local vendors who will provide discount student tool sets at costs far below retail pricing.

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Student Tool List

AST has a tool requirement but even with the cost of purchasing these tools the total program cost is very competitive and in almost all cases we are less expensive than other automotive institutes, who do not require tools. Tool vendors give great discounts while you are enrolled in the program.  When you graduate you will be ready to start your career the next day as most “technician wanted” adds list tools as a requirement. Contact the program coordinator for more information.

Student Tool Textbook

Textbooks may be purchased through the college bookstore, online through other book selling sources, or used from former students.

The textbook may be purchased or rented in digital format.

Automotive Technology
  •  By Erjavec
  • Edition: 6th 15
  • Publisher: Cengage
  • ISBN: 9781133612315

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Auto Repair Services

Students in the Automotive Technology Program gain practical experience by working on customers’ vehicles. In an effort to teach current technology that students will be working on in the field vehicles need to be 1996 models or newer. Work is scheduled by appointment to coincide with the subjects being taught during each quarter.

 To schedule an appointment call Larry Johnston 509.574.4760

 Services Offered

  • Preventative maintenance solutions
  • Transmission services
  • Brake service
  • Oil & lube
  • Tune ups
  • Tires sales and service
  • Alignments
  • Warning light diagnosis
  • And  many more

We provide a free 90 point safety inspection on every customer vehicle as part of our services.

 Why you save

  • Because you are contributing the education of future auto repair professionals.
  • You only pay for a lab service fee and parts.
  • You do not pay for shop labor.
  • All customers receive an estimate prior to any repair for approval before repairs are made.

Please have your vehicle available to the program for a few days, as our students are only in lab for 2 1/2 hours per day.

Work is accepted by appointment only on a first come first served basis in each subject.

For more information contact:

Murray Ruggles

AST Program Coordinator

Vehicle Donations

Vehicle donations are accepted and appreciated. We will pick up your vehicle and provide you with tax contributions forms for a tax deduction.

The vehicle must be registered in Washington State and have the registered owner’s signature on the title releasing it to the YVC.

In an effort to teach current technology that the students will be working on in the field vehicles need to be 1995 models or newer.

For more information contact:

Murray Ruggles

AST Program Coordinator

Larry Johnston

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Murray RugglesAST Program Coordinator
Yakima Campus
Technology Complex, Building 24, Room 104F
Phone: 509.574.6869
Roy LaForgeInstructor
Yakima Campus
Technology Complex, Building 24, Room 104F
Phone: 509.574.6869
Bob OlsonInstructor
Yakima Campus
Technology Complex , Building 24, Room 104F
Phone: 509.574.6869
Mike MeltonProgram Assistant Workforce Ed
Yakima Campus
Technology Complex, Building 24, Room 100
Phone: 590.574.6810