“Charging into the Future”
- 2 years
- Certificate 53 Credits
- Associate of Applied Technology 68-69 Credits
- 1200 hours of total training
- Excellent faculty to student ratio
- Approved by NATEF – National Automotive Technician Education Foundation
- Prepares for licensing examination in Michigan and National ASE exams
- Certificate of Completion - 2 years
- Associates Degree - 2 years
Program Learning Areas
- Engine Repair
- Automatic transmissions
- Manual Transmissions and Driveline
- Suspension and Steering
- Engine Performance
What Students are Saying
“Getting my Automotive degree was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s fun and rewarding, and I love that every day brings a new challenge. At GCC, I’m more than just a student I’m a professional Technician in training.- Kevin Rosin class of 2015
About the Program
GCC students have the opportunity to choose between the certificate program and the Associate of Applied Technology degree program. The certificate program, which takes two years to complete, covers the theory, diagnosis, and repair of the automobile. It is designed for those students who want to gain the skills to become automotive repair technicians. Also, it opens the door to several related employment possibilities in heavy equipment, marine, trucking, and aircraft industries with some additional training.
The Associate Degree program includes all of the elements of the certificate program with the addition of management, communications, supervisory, computer, and math skills. This program allows for additional employment options in automotive management and business, as well as transfer options to four-year universities.
In both programs, lab skills are practiced using the latest equipment and procedures to test, diagnose, and repair problems on late model cars and light trucks. GCC’s automotive lab is outfitted with a host of modern repair equipment comparable to that found in today’s most advanced service facilities. Students are required to provide their own hand tools, safety glasses, and fender covers.
Upon completion of the course work in either program, students are able to take state automotive technician licensing exams and the ASE national certification exams.
The instructors are certified by the Michigan Automotive Technician licensing exams and/or Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The program curriculum is also certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.
National statistics indicate that typical salary ranges for automotive technicians are $21,400 to $31,700 per year. Factors that affect salaries include the size and location of the business, the employee’s training and experience, and geographic location.
About 20% of the technicians are self-employed. Careers in the automotive technician field are attractive to many because they afford the opportunity for good pay and the satisfaction of skilled work with one’s hands. Persons without formal training are likely to face stiff competition for entry-level positions.
The number of technicians is expected to increase because the expansion of the driving age population will increase the number of motor vehicles on the road. The growing complexity of automotive technology, such as the use of computers, electronics, and emissions control equipment increasingly necessitate that a car be serviced by a skilled technician.