Today’s automobile is designed and engineered at a higher level of technology than ever before. According to many automotive industry estimates, there is a critical shortage of technicians. Industry is turning to education to attract individuals into the career field and provide the training needed for employment. Many employers say they need entry-level technicians who have the essential knowledge and skills required for fundamental service and maintenance tasks including a general understanding of all automobile systems with a solid foundation in electrical/electronic systems, while others prefer to hire technicians with a broad skill set from an automotive program with more depth and breadth. The I-BEST General Service Technician certificate prepares an increasingly diverse workforce to meet employer demands in the automotive industry and is intended to be an articulation option to the Auto Repair Technician, Certificate of Proficiency or Auto Repair Technician, AAS Degree program. It provides ESL and ABE students with the opportunity to pursue the General Service Technician certificate while continuing their progress in Basic Skills.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an adviser or counselor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.