Did you know that the automotive industry is expected to be #1 in regards to the most job openings in Georgia? (For the Postsecondary Vocational Training category). The Automotive Fundamentals program at MGTC is Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified in all eight automotive areas. The course of study includes engine repair, automatic transmission repair, manual drive train and axle, suspension and steering, hydraulic brakes, electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.
Training in the automotive program goes beyond the classroom. Students put their skills to work in MGTC’s state-of-the-art training facility. MGTC also offers an automotive internship program and ASE certification testing. Day, evening, and some online courses are available!
According to the Department of Labor, a projected 5,790 new automotive job openings will be available through 2014! Graduates of the Automotive Technology program are qualified for positions in automotive dealerships, auto care facilities, lube shops, and transmission facilities. Entry level salaries in the Middle Georgia area range from $21,000 - $24,000.
- Automotive Fundamentals
The Automotive Fundamentals Diploma program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in the automotive service and repair profession. Learning opportunities enable students to develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of automotive mechanics theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an Auto Fundamentals diploma that qualifies them as entry-level technicians.
Course # Course Title Credit Hours Basic Skills Core MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3 EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development 2 ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3 Occupational Courses AUTT 1010 Automotive Technology Introduction 2 AUTT 1020 Automotive Electrical Systems 7 AUTT 1030 Automotive Brake Systems 4 AUTT 1040 Automotive Engine Performance 7 AUTT 1050 Automotive Suspension and Steering Systems 4 AUTT 1060 Automotive Climate Control Systems 5 COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3 Choose One of the Following AUTT 1070 Automotive Technology Internship 4 WELD 1000 Introduction to Welding Technology 3 AUTT 2100 Automotive Alternative Fuel Vehicles 4 Total Hours required for Graduation 43
Technical Certificates of Credit
- Automotive Chassis Technician Specialist
The Automotive Chassis Technician Specialist certificate program provides students with skills needed to enter the automotive industry as an entry level chassis technician. Topics covered include: shop safety, basic electrical/electronic theory and diagnosis, chassis components and types, steering system components and service, alignment theory and procedures, and brake system operation, diagnosis and repair.
Course # Course Title Credit Hours AUTT 1010 Automotive Technology Introduction 2 AUTT 1020 Automotive Electrical Systems 7 AUTT 1030 Automotive Brake Systems 4 AUTT 1050 Automotive Suspension and Steering Systems 4 Total Hours required for Graduation 17
- Automotive Climate Control Technician
The Automotive Climate Control Technician certificate program provides students with skills for entering the automotive service industry as an entry level climate control technician. Topics covered include: basic shop safety, electrical/electronic theory and diagnosis, and the theory, operation, diagnosis and servicing of automotive climate control systems.
Course # Course Title Credit Hours AUTT 1010 Automotive Technology Introduction 2 AUTT 1020 Automotive Electrical Systems 7 AUTT 1060 Automotive Climate Control Systems 5 Credits Required for Graduation 14
- Automotive Electrical/Electronics Systems Technician
This certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose, service, and repair basic electrical/electronic automotive systems as an entry level technician. Topics covered include automotive shop safety, electrical theory and circuit diagnosis, automotive batteries, starting and charging systems, instrumentation, lighting, and various vehicle accessories.
Course # Course Title Credit Hours AUTT 1010 Automotive Technology Introduction 2 AUTT 1020 Automotive Electrical Systems 7 Credits Required for Graduation 9
- Automotive Engine Performance Technician
The Automotive Engine Performance Technician certificate program introduces students to the knowledge and skills they will need as entry level automotive engine performance technicians. Topics covered include: shop safety, electrical/electronics diagnosis, and diagnosis and service of fuel, ignition, emission and electronic engine controls.
Course # Course Title Credit Hours
Automotive Technology Introduction 2 AUTT 1020 Automotive Electrical Systems 7 AUTT 1040 Automotive Engine Performance 7 Total Hours required for Graduation 16
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At MGTC we offer three different levels of credit programs:
- Associate Degree
- Middle Georgia Technical College offers associate level degrees. They usually take 2 years to complete. AAS programs include general education (core) courses that may transfer to University System of Georgia institutions and other 4-year colleges in our state.
- Middle Georgia Technical College's Diploma Level programs usually take between 1 and 1.5 years to complete and include basic courses, as well as specific technical or occupational courses to prepare students for the workforce.
- Technical Certificates of Credit (TCCs) usually take about 1-2 semesters to complete and generally focus on very specialized knowledge. These programs teach students specific skills that they can apply in the workforce.