Academic Programs

Automotive Department

The department offers majors in Automotive Technology and Automotive Management as well as a minor in Automotive Technology.  Contact Academic Advisement if you have questions: (509) 517-2132.

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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.

Automotive Service Major (Bachelor of Science)

See course requirements for Automotive Service Major (B.S.)

Automotive Management Major (Bachelor of Science)

The automotive management major is a joint program offered by the School of Business and the Department of Technology.

See course requirements for Automotive Management Major (B.S.)

Automotive Technology Major (Associate of Science)

This degree has been designed to be completed in three years and is intended for students who are already pursuing a bachelor's degree. 

See course requirements for Automotive Technology Major (A.S.)