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Automotive Technology: 206-934-5391

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The Automotive Technology program provides students with up-to-date, technologically advanced training equipment and facilities through the continued support of industry manufacturers and local dealers. The program's advisory committee is made up of industry professionals and provides insight into industry trends, allowing students to learn what will be expected of them in the workplace. Students also have the opportunity to study towards ASE certification while at SSC, which increases student opportunities in the work place.


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This comprehensive NATEF/ASE based training program prepares students for the challenges of working on modern automobiles.

Students learn about:

  • Gasoline and diesel engines
  • Electrical/electronic and computer systems
  • Tune-up, fuel supply and emission control
  • Suspension systems, braking systems, automatic and power transmissions
  • Air conditioning, automotive machining and other topics.

By combining mechanical, electronic, math, communication and problem-solving skills with hands-on maintenance, students in the Automotive Technology program at SSC learn all aspects of the automotive industry.

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Gainful Employment

Howard Andersen, Tenured Automotive Technology Instructor for over 20 years at South.Howard Andersen joined the automotive team with over 13 year’s industry experience.  Howard is a certified ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Master Automobile Technician, Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technician, Compressed Natural Gas Technician, Maintenance and Light Repair, Undercar Specialist, and L1 Advanced Level Specialist.  Howard received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Medal Award (NISOD) in 2007, was a huge part of our NATEF Certification process, EnviroStars Certification process, and serves on hiring, curriculum, and tenure committees.  Students have been known to say that Howard is an awesome instructor and are eager to listen to what he has to say.  Howard enjoys reading Tom Clancy novels, building and upgrading computers, and has a humorous side.

Howard can be reached at 206-934-6834 or e-mail;

Doug Clapper, Tenured Automotive Technology Instructor for over 10 years at South
Doug Clapper joined the automotive team with over 20 year’s industry experience.  Doug is a certified ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Master Automobile Technician, Maintenance and Light Repair, Master School Bus Technician, Master Transit Bus Technician, Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technician, Truck Equipment Technician, and L1 Advanced Level Specialist.  Doug received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award (NISOD) in 2012.  Doug has a slogan for his students; “You Have Got to Learn So You Can Earn.”  The students take it seriously and love the hands on time they receive in Doug’s lab.  When you do something for Doug, in response he replies, “You Rock!”  It is a pleasure to be around Doug because he lets you know “YOU ROCK!”   Doug loves to ride his Harley and is an avid fan of the Seahawks.  Doug is certainly a 12th man and has been a season ticket holder since 1976.  GO HAWKS!

Doug can be reached at 206-934-6677 or e-mail;

Todd Jones, Automotive Instructor since 2014 at South
Todd Jones recently joined the automotive team with 25 year’s industry experience. Todd is a certified ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Master Automobile Technician, and is Maintenance and Light Repair certified. Todd fabricated some professional training aids for our students which show off all the working gears and insides of a transmission.  Todd’s favorite areas of repair are rebuilding differentials, brakes, and suspension.  Students say Todd is informative and makes sure they understand the material by using life analogies and drawing pictures on the white board. Todd enjoys playing the electric bass guitar, is in a band, and enjoys making guitars.

Todd can be reached at 206-934-6829 or e-mail;

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Repairs to automotive vehicles

If you are a South Seattle College staff, faculty or student member and are interested in having your vehicle repaired or maintained through the automotive program you can approach one of the automotive faculty members to see if the students in their class will be able to work on your vehicle. Faculty will determine if the work that needs to be done will enhance the learning experiences needed at that time. If the faculty determine that they are able to work on your vehicle, you will be required to pay the cost of the parts involved in the job.

Gifts of Automobiles and Auto Repair Equipment

For information on how your contribution of a recent model car (unless the car has special value the automobile must be less than 10 years old) or up-to-date automotive repair and testing technology could help students learn at South Seattle College, please see our Foundation web pages.

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Contact Information

    Professional and Technical Education
    South Seattle College
    6000 16th Avenue S.W.
    Seattle, WA 98106-1499
    (206) 934 - 5394

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