General Automotive Technician, C.C.C. (44 Credit Certificate)
The Automotive Technology program consists of a 24 credit Automotive Service Technician certificate, a 44 credit General Automotive Technician certificate, and a 68 credit Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) that are responsible for training individuals to attain an entry-level position in the automotive industry. The certificates cover a broad range of instruction that may be found in the program outline of this master plan. An appropriate amount of time is spent in each area to thoroughly cover needed instructional material as well as to gain hands-on skills.
The program utilizes both theory and practical application of material to help the students gain needed knowledge and skills. Due to the increasing complexity of systems in today’s automobile, it is important to know why a procedure is done as well as how it is done. Understanding how a system functions, therefore, has an important role to play in this program of study.
Each student must successfully complete written test material on theory and related topics as well as successfully demonstrate the practical application of this information in the laboratory environment.
Prerequisites for this program should include a solid background in math and science in general with emphasis on basic math, formulas, percentiles, fraction and decimal conversion, and the use of precision measuring equipment, physics, chemistry, and metallurgy. These areas are taught as part of the program of study, but it would be helpful to have these skills in advance.
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Students must take the TABE (if required) and complete all requirements associated with admission to FGC.
Students are expected to attend class from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Thursday. This schedule provides 4.5 hours of instruction each day for a total of 18 hours per four-day week, excluding holidays and school breaks as outlined in the current school calendar. These hours only cover the core required automotive certificate courses. General education courses required for completion of the A.A.S. will be taken outside these listed hours at the student’s convenience. Online, afternoon, or evening classes are all possibilities. Class times are subject change.
Total Cost: $6,978.94(This cost includes classes, lab fees, books, personal tools, and uniforms as required.)
Starting Salaries in the State of Florida range from $24,000-$26,000. Your anticipated salary depends on your level of certification and ASE Certifications.
This depends on level of certification and ASE certification.
In the state of Florida, there are currently over 1,300 employment opportunities, according to Indeed.com, just on the automotive side. This does not include Marine, Diesel, and Heavy Equipment.
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Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and should be academically, physically, and emotionally capable of meeting the demands of the chosen program. More information about these requirements is presented in the following section. Applicants make an initial application through the Admissions Office. A minimum skills evaluation is part of the admission process. It is highly recommended that students meet with the program faculty prior to entering the program.
For the Automotive Technology certificate programs, the admission requirements include:
Florida Gateway College’s Automotive Technology program requires its students to participate in real-world activities as part of the learning process. The below lists cover the physical and mental and emotional requirements to succeed in this program.
As a part of this program, students must have the ability to:
Mental and Emotional Requirements
The college credit certificate in General Automotive Technician is offered to prepare students for entry-level employment in the automotive service industry.
The following is a suggested sequence for the courses:
First Semester: 9 Credit Hours
Second Semester: 8 Credit Hours
Summer Semester: 7 Credit Hours
Third Semester: 10 Credit Hours
Fourth Semester: 10 Credit Hours
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