Auto Repair Technician Program Receives National Certification

June  21, 2010

Lake Washington Technical College's Auto Repair Technician program has received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

LWTC's program has been certified in eight areas: automatic transmission & transaxles, brake systems, electrical systems, engines, heating & air conditioning, manual transmission & axles, and suspension, steering & alignment.

"We have worked closely with NATEF to ensure our program would meet their strict industry standards and are delighted to join the ranks of the ASE certified training programs," said Paul Axtell, LWTC's Dean of Industrial Technology. "Our students are assured of a quality education and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants."

To achieve this coveted recognition, LWTC's Auto Repair Technician program underwent a rigorous evaluation process by NATEF. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in the areas of instruction, facilities, and equipment were used. Upon successful completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended to ASE that the LWTC program be certified.

"Successful completion of the certification process is great news for automotive-minded students and their parents," explained Donald Seyfer, NATEF chair. "Our program increases cooperation between schools and industry leaders. The motoring public will benefit as better trained technicians will join the workforce."

In addition to the Auto Repair Technician program, LWTC offers several other programs in the area of transportation: Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician, Motorcycle, Marine & Power Equipment Service Technology, including the Harley-Davidson option, and Auto Collision Repair Technician. Students can earn either an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or a Certificate of Proficiency in each. For more information on these programs or on any of LWTC's 41 programs, please visit our website at

About Lake Washington Technical College

Lake Washington Technical College ( was founded in 1949 and offers affordable professional and technical training for today's job market. Training is available in 41 programs, with more than 100 degree and certificate options in: information technology; business & service; health & fitness; manufacturing & transportation technologies; and arts, language & science. The college's main campus is located in Kirkland, WA, with branch campuses in Redmond, WA, and Duvall, WA.

About ASE
ASE's ( mission is to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals. At present, about 400,000 professionals hold current certifications. They work in every segment of the automotive service industry: car and truck dealerships, independent garages, fleets, service stations, franchises, and more.

NATEF ( was founded as an independent, non-profit organization with a single mission: evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommend qualifying programs for certification (accreditation) by ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.