Automotive Analysis & Repair

This video is 100% funded by federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) awards AA-32183-18-55-A-51 and AA-30941-17-55-A-51 from the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration to the Virginia Community College System. Blue Ridge Community College was the recipient of $303, 583 as part of this initiative.


Graduates are eligible to take all eight ASE master certification exams. Over 80% of the program’s graduates pass the ASE tests.

Automotive Technicians

Program Overview

Students perform testing and repair work on late model vehicles using state-of-art equipment in BRCC’s automotive lab. The program has a strong emphasis in electronics and computerized engine control systems.

Program Requirements

  • Any student admitted to BRCC may enroll in the program.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Students must pass each AUT-prefix course to continue in the program; minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation.

Program Options

The A.A.S. degree is two-year program begins each August; full-time enrollment encouraged. 

Cooperative Education Option

Students may enroll in a cooperative education program, work a minimum of 10/week at a local service facility and receive college credit.

Program Master Certified

The Automotive Analysis and Repair program is Master Certified in all eight Automotive areas by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and has received the Award for Excellence in Post-Secondary Vocational Education from the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers of the U.S. and the American Vocational Association.

Program Instructors

Stephen Sanders

Stephen Sanders has been teaching automotive technology for 14 years at community colleges in Virginia, Wyoming, and Oregon. For 19 years before that, he was a GM dealership service technician with experience from one end of the vehicle to the other. Steve is currently ASE certified as a Master Automotive Technician (A1 – A8), Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technician (T1 – T8), as well as current certifications of A9, L1, L2, L3, and G1.

Scott Russell

Scott attended Blue Ridge from 1978-80, and has taught here since 1993. He served as a general line technician at two GM dealers from 1980-1993. He has been ASE master certified since 1980 and also holds L1 certification in Advanced Engine Performance. Scott has worked summers at local multi-line dealers, an independent transmission repair shop, and also as a part-time shift manager at O’Reilly Auto Parts. He has completed numerous factory and aftermarket training with GM, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Honda, Standard Motor Products, and others.

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