CCC Looks to Jump Start Automotive Careers

Trained automotive technicians are in high demand, and employers are seeking educated and qualified workers to fill available positions.

For those who get revved up working on cars, Clackamas Community College offers a Master Automobile Service Technology program certified by the Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation.

This program certification demonstrates the college’s automotive department instructors provide industry-approved instruction on modern equipment with today’s safety standards. This is the highest level of accreditation recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

“Shops who are ASE-certified often seek employees who have been trained through this program,” CCC instructor Jay Leuck said. “Right now, well-paying jobs in automotive service and repair are readily available for students who go through our program.”

CCC students in the college’s automotive service technology program learn to diagnose and service hybrid systems, as well as service and repair automatic and manual transmissions/transaxles, heating/air conditioning systems, electrical, engine and steering, and suspension systems.

After earning a degree in just two years, automotive service technology graduates can land jobs as mechanics or specialty technicians. The average entry-level automotive mechanic salary in Portland is $40,294, but the range falls between $35,385 and $46,451.

“Our students learn hands-on in an environment that mimics real shops with industry-knowledgeable instructors,” Leuck said. “Whether you are fresh out of high school or looking to jumpstart a new career, we are here to help.”

For more information about the automotive service technology program, visit or call 503-594-3052. Need help paying for college? CCC offers more than $500,000 annually in scholarships. Learn more at

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