AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNOLOGY
Associate of Science Degree
GCC's Automotive Technology graduates are employed in nearly every automotive shop on the island, from the corporate shops to the individually owned shops!
The Associate of Science program in Automotive Service Technology goes beyond the AST Certificate Program, offering students both a comprehensive general education and advanced technical training in working with all automotive systems, including brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, suspension and steering, automatic transmission / transaxle, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, and manual drive train / axles.
Two ‘tracks’ exist within the program. Students completing the General Service Technician Track offer future employers preparatory background in four primary areas of automotive service technology (brakes, electrical / electronic systems, engine performance, and suspension / steering) and are prepared to pass the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Certification Examination in those areas. Upon passage, and after one year of automotive work experience, they are eligible to receive NATEF designation as a General Service Technician. The second option within the Associate program is the Master Service Technician track, where graduates receive preparatory background in the four above-mentioned automotive areas as well as four additional areas (automatic transmission / transaxle, engine repair, heating / air conditioning, and manual drive trains / axles). These graduates are prepared to pass the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Certification Examination in all eight examination areas offered, and upon passage may pursue recognition from ASE as a Master Service Technician.
The career path open to graduates with an Associate of Science in Automotive Service Technology is from service technician to shop foreman, to manager, or even to business owner. With experience and continued education, opportunities are unlimited.
The GCC Advantage
Graduates are prepared to pass the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Certification Examination in all eight examination areas offered, and upon passage may pursue recognition from ASE as a Master Service Technician.
All students who declare a major are assigned an Academic Advisor. Students are strongly urged to visit your advisor, who can help you draft an educational plan with course sequencing that meets your personal, academic, and career goals.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the AS in Automotive Service Technology program, students will be able to:
- Identify the purposes and proper functioning of the core components of an automotive engine.
- Perform a cylinder compression cranking test.
- Demonstrate the proper use of a digital multimeter (DMM) during diagnosis of electrical circuit problems.
- Diagnose, adjust, repair, or replace automotive components.
The mission of the Automotive Service Technology program is to develop a skilled and competent automotive workforce, based on industry needs, for the Guam community and the region.
Location: Building 600
Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.