AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNOLOGY
The Certificate program in Automotive Service Technology (AST) is a competency-based program designed to offer entrylevel training sufficient for employee success in automotive technician positions. Skills acquired in this program also apply directly to occupational areas including diesel mechanics, small engine repair, generator repair, marine engine service, fleet service, repair service order writing, and entry level automotive service management.
Graduates of the AST Certificate program demonstrate the foundational skill and knowledge to pursue further study in power plant mechanics, marine / diesel repair and automotive engineering in the automotive manufacturing industry.
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 Certificate 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.
A Certificate in Automotive Service Technology will open up opportunities for employment as a service technician or even shop foreman. With experience and continued education, opportunities are unlimited.
The GCC Advantage
GCC's Automotive Service Technology program recruits instructors that are master auto service technicians from various auto shops around the island. These expert instructors train students in the latest and most advanced auto service repair techniques available. Graduates of the program are then hired by most, if not all, of the shops on Guam, because the shop owners know that the GCC graduates have been trained by the best!
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 Certificate 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 program is to develop a skilled and competent automotive workforce, based on industry needs, for the Guam community and the region.
Location: Building 500
Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.