Certificate and Associate Degree Programs
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 the 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.
Employment opportunities for college graduates in this field are expected to increase at a rate of 18% per year through the year 2005. 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.
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