In less than ten months, this program gives students the training necessary to fill jobs as beginning automotive mechanics.
The program is arranged in four 71/2-week periods and one 3-week Summer session. Courses are structured so that students may enter the program at the beginning of any 7 1/2-week period. With a few exceptions, courses may be taken in any order so that students may plan their program around their job schedule.
Instructors plan their teaching to supply the background and theory that technicians need in order to maintain and repair complex modern automobiles. However, about 60 percent of the class time in this program is devoted to learning in laboratories and shops so that students “learn by doing.”
The capstone course in the program, Applied Auto Servicing, helps students bridge the gap between school and full time work as an auto mechanic. Students spend the three-week Interim Session in eight-hour days learning in a supervised, on-the-job training environment.
Students are not required to purchase hand tools to participate in this program; however, it will be necessary to purchase hand tools to be successfully employed as an automotive technician. Some advanced-standing credit may be granted to entering graduates of high school vocational programs that are members of the Kent Metropolitan Articulation Project. Graduates of high school vocational programs may be eligible for articulation of credits for up to four automotive courses. All credits earned in this certificate program may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Automotive Technology.
The instruction, course of study, facilities and equipment at GRCC have been evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and meet the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence standards of quality for the training of automobile technicians in the following areas: Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles, Brakes, Electrical and Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Heating and Air Conditioning, Manual Drive Train and Axles, Suspension and Steering.
The following scheme is presented as a guide only. Courses may be taken in any order as long as all requirements are met. Students entering this program should have at least a 10th grade reading level and a 9th grade algebra level.
Total Credits: 34
+ Students need to enroll for all the courses indicated at the time of registration.
Attention: GRCC now grants college credits for current Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications. For details, contact the department at (616) 234-3006 or the College Web site at www.grcc.edu.