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Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Automotive Management
  • Associate of Science in Automotive Technology

Twelve Reasons Why You Should Study Automotive at WWU

  1. A modern curriculum designed and implemented as a result of research done for a Master's Degree thesis. The study included a comparison of curricula from all four-year automotive technology programs in the U.S. as well as feedback from industry experts on content they deemed important for four-year automotive students.
  2. Our graduates enjoy a 100% placement rate in companies and careers all over the United States. They are promoted with higher frequency and to higher levels than their co-workers.
  3. We are one of only 15 schools in the United States that offer a Bachelor's degree in automotive technology or automotive management, and one of two schools to do so in a Christian setting.
  4. WWU's automotive faculty are highly qualified, with many years of real-world experience working on European cars at the dealership level. But, in addition to the dealership-level experience, our faculty are involved and experienced with aftermarket performance modifications and tuning. This diversity in experience and expertise gives students many more options when choosing their careers.
  5. Our automotive lab has outstanding and modern equipment that is not used as just a marketing tool -- students actually learn how to use the equipment as part of their education and lab experiences.
  6. We offer high-level classes not available at a community or technical college. Classes such as Advanced Engine Performance, Body Electronics and Computer Systems, Diesel Engine Performance, and Hybrids & Alternative Fuels.
  7. Automotive students have the opportunity to work at University Auto, our on-campus auto repair business. This gives students the opportunity to make money while providing real-world experience, working on real cars with real problems.
  8. WWU Automotive has a low student-teacher ratio and small classes. You will learn from highly-qualified faculty -- not research assistants. Our low student-teacher ratio also means that we get to know each other personally. Students are not just a number on the teacher's grade roster.
  9. WWU's automotive students traditionally achieve very high scores compared to their peers on ASE exams, the accepted standard for automotive technician certification.
  10. As an automotive student, you will have basically unrestricted access to the automotive lab and its equipment. This privilege is not afforded to anyone else on campus. We only require that you participate in a short mandatory safety training session (required of all automotive students) and schedule your use through the auto shop manager.
  11. You will see nearly every kind of vehicle imaginable come through our automotive lab, and they are all used for educational purposes. From Ford to Fiat, Honda to Hummer, Aston Martin to Mercedes — we see it all and give our students the opportunity to learn and experience a wide variety of vehicles and their issues.
  12. Just like at other schools, WWU's automotive students have the opportunity to purchase professional tools at very substantial discounts, usually 50-55% off. This offers many benefits, the two most important to students being: 1.) you don't have to share tools with other students while working in lab, and 2.) you gain an immediate ownership and pride in your education because of your investment. We are serviced regularly by both Snap-On and Matco tool representatives.

The Program

The increasing sophistication of automotive technology now requires workers who can use computerized shop equipment and work with electronic components, while maintaining their skills with traditional hand tools. Workers with these new skills are increasingly called "service technicians."

The most important physical possessions of mechanics and technicians are their hand tools. Although employers typically furnish expensive power tools, engine analyzers, and other diagnostic equipment, mechanics and technicians own their tools. The Automotive Technology program at Walla Walla University provides an academic incentive plan to assist you in the purchase of a basic set of professional mechanics tools.

At Walla Walla University you will receive intensive career preparation, through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on practice. Along with courses in automotive diagnosis and repair, additional courses in business and management, math, speech, English, computers and electronics will provide an excellent educational background for a career as an automotive service technician.

The standard credential for automotive mechanics and service technicians is voluntary certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Automotive majors at Walla Walla University can become certified prior to graduation.

Last update on May 7, 2018