General Automotive Technology

Associate in Applied Science

The objective of the General Automotive Technology Degree Program is to train those seeking employment in the field of automotive technician. It will prepare students for entry-level employment as automotive technicians as well as training for students already employed. The Automotive Mechanic and Technician field is one of the highest employment areas

in the State. The intent of the program is to meet the growing need of technicians in the college service region. This

program furthers the college’s mission to “respond to the changing academic, occupational, technological,…needs” by offering “a broad range of credit…technical and career…programs and courses leading to transfer, employment and lifelong learning.”

 

Certificate 

The objective of the General Automotive Technology Certificate Program is to train highly-skilled automotive technicians through a college training and internship program. The intent of the program is to meet the growing need of technicians in the college service region. This program furthers the college’s mission to “respond to the changing academic, occupational, technological,…needs” by offering “a broad range of credit…technical and career…programs and courses leading to transfer, employment and lifelong learning.” 

The General Automotive Technology Certificate program is related to the existing Gateway corporate sponsored automotive Associate Degree programs. It is also consistent with the college goal of supporting “economic development through partnerships with business, industry,…by providing workforce development,…” 

The General Automotive Technology Certificate Program provides training in the most current technology to prepare students for entry-level employment as automotive technicians, as well as upgraded training for technicians already employed. 

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM OUTCOMES 

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the graduates should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate workplace skills related to the occupation, including but not limited to: preparing resumes, seeking employment, maintaining safe and healthy workplace ethics, and teamwork 
  • Apply knowledge of theory and safety to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation 
  • Identify and use appropriate tools, testing, and measurement equipment to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation 
  • Use current reference and training materials from accepted industry publications and standards to accomplish certain tasks related to the occupation 
  • Apply knowledge of general engine diagnosis and repair, including but not limited to: the engine’s cylinder heads, valve train, block, lubrication, and cooling system 
  • Apply knowledge of transmission and transaxle maintenance, adjustment, diagnosis, and repair 
  • Apply knowledge of suspension and steering systems (including wheel and tire), diagnosis, service, adjustments, alignment, and repair 
  • Apply knowledge of general disc and/or drum brake system hydraulics, power assist and ABS (antilock brakes), maintenance, adjustment, diagnosis, and repair 
  • Apply knowledge of general electric/electronic systems, including but not limited to: starting, charging, lighting, wiring, accessories, diagnosis, and repair
  • Apply knowledge of general heating and air conditioning systems and their components, maintenance, adjustment, diagnosis, and repair 
  • Apply knowledge of general engine performance, including but not limited to: computer controls, ignition, fuel exhaust, and emissions systems, and their maintenance, diagnosis, adjustments, and repair

Each student accepted into the program must purchase orpossess the tools required for the program, have a valid driver’s license, and wear an automotive uniform while attending classes. 

Contact

For more information contact:

General Automotive Degree
Wayne Demske
(203) 285-2334
wdemske@gatewayct.edu

General Automotive Certificate
Scott McFarland
(203) 285-2405
smcfarland@gatewayct.edu

 

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