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Automotive Technology

Earn your two-year degree or certificates in automotive technology at Chemeketa.

Potential Salary$40,000

topics Trades

Skills & InterestWorking with your hands


Why choose program or class?

If you are ready for comprehensive training in automotive technology and car repair, Chemeketa is the place to start.

Chemeketa's program is competitive with special prerequisites and an enrollment limit. Class cohorts begin each fall. 

What will you learn?

Experienced and certified instructors will cover introductory and advanced automotive diagnosis and repair in the areas of engine repair, automatic transmission/transaxles, manual drivetrain and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance and heating and air conditioning.

What will you do?

As a part of the automotive technology degree program, you will learn the technical skills you need to begin or advance your career through a combination of classroom and lab work and on-the-job experience. A cooperative work experience program allows you to earn college credit while earning money in the field. You will also learn written and oral communication skills that will help you communicate with co-workers and customers.

Upon completion, you will be qualified for a wide variety of jobs in the car repair and maintenance fields.

Chemeketa's instruction, course of study, facilities and equipment have been evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and meet the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Standards of Quality for the training of automotive technicians in all eight automotive specialty areas (Master Certification).


    Chemeketa's auto body repair certificate will qualify you to work in collision repair roles including –

    • Painting
    • Brakes
    • Electrical/electronic systems
    • Suspension and steering
    • Heating and air conditioning systems

    If you're ready to do more than turn wrenches, Chemeketa's automotive entry level technician certificate is the place to start.

    The program is designed to allow students with full-time employment or other daytime commitments the ability to attend classes and obtain a certificate in a one-year period, and no prerequisites or special applications are required.


    This certificate emphasizes machining and rebuilding car engines. A significant portion of the training is done on the job and through special lab work on our Salem campus.


    Although Chemeketa's program does not require background checks or drug testing. you might want to familiarize yourself with how future employers might use these procedures. Whether you are hired or promoted for a job may depend on the information revealed in a background check. Job applicants and existing employees as well as volunteers may be asked to submit to background checks. For some jobs, screening is required by federal or state law. The current emphasis on security and safety has dramatically increased the number of employment background checks conducted. For more information, visit privacyrights.org.

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