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 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