2020-2021 Course Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2020-2021 Course Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Automotive Technology, AAS

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Program Description

The associate of applied science degree in Automotive Technology is a program consisting of a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for high paying jobs careers in the automotive service and repair professional industry. Students will have the opportunities to develop academic, technical, and professional skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. There is a demand for qualified trained technicians to service and repair today’s high-tech automobiles. The program emphasizes a combination of automotive mechanics theory, the practical application necessary for successful employment, and college level general education courses, which provides the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Students can choose to pursue careers as service technician, service writers, service managers, manufacturer’s representatives, or parts managers. Program graduates receive an Automotive Technology associate of applied science degree which qualifies them as automotive service technicians. Prerequisite: Students are encouraged to acquire a personal set of hand tools.

The Gwinnett Technical College General Automotive Training Program meets the master automobile technician training certification program level for the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. /Automotive Service Excellence (ASE-NATEF). Students may become certified by taking the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification tests administered in eight areas by ACT (American College Testing). This program is only offered full-time during the day.

View the Automotive Technology Program Fact Sheet  for additional information.

Nissan Technician Training Academy (NTTA) Our General Automotive program is pleased to offer the Nissan Technician Training Academy (NTTA) program for prospective Nissan and Infiniti technicians. Students who want specialized training on Nissan and Infiniti vehicles may do so by enrolling in the General Automotive program at degree level and declaring this intention during orientation. These students will then train on Nissan and Infiniti vehicles during lab exercises utilizing Nissan-specific tools, equipment and technical information. Actual technician training credit for certain Nissan Technical Training courses may be earned by completing approved courses in the General Automotive program curriculum, as well.

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities include but are not limited to a general automotive technician, basic automotive service technician, brake and front end specialist, transmission specialist, air conditioning and electrical specialist, engine specialist, computer systems specialist, engine performance specialist, service advisor, service writer, and parts attendant


Essential General Education Core Courses (15 Credits)

Area I - Language Arts/Communication

(Successful completion of ENGL 1101  is required)

Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences

(Choose ONE of the following)

Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics

(Successful completion of MATH 1111  or MATH 1103  is required)

Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts

(Choose ONE of the following)

General Education Elective:

To meet the minimum required 15 semester credit hours in general education courses, an additional 3 semester credit hours must be taken from Area I, Area II, Area III, or Area IV. Students can view the complete list of classes here .

Auto Electrical Course Option

(must complete 7 credits)

Auto Engine Performance Course Option

(must complete 7 credits)

Auto Engine Repair Course Option

(must complete 6 credits)

Total Hours: 61

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