When your car’s engine makes a jarring sound and your heart skips a beat, your first thought is, “who can I trust to take care of my vehicle?”
Graduates from the Automotive Technology program are equipped to troubleshoot such problems. They hold positions as service technicians, inspectors, and maintenance and repair mechanics. According to the 2020 U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, these positions earn an average pay of $44K annually, and upwards of $70K, depending on the position within the industry. The projection for employment opportunities, for qualified jobseekers, is good.
Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Repair Technician (HVR1 – starting Fall 2023): This 19-credit-hour program (TCC) prepares graduates to service, diagnose, and repair hybrid or fully electric vehicles. Courses include: Automotive Engine Performance, EV/Hybrid Vehicles Intro/Safety Protocols, EV/Hybrid Vehicle Batteries and Powertrains, EV/Hybrid Vehicle Battery and Powertrain Service, and EV/Hybrid Vehicle Body, Chassis, HVAC and Support Systems.
Electric Vehicle Professional (EVP1):This certificate was designed at the request of Hyundai (HMGMA) to prepare students for entry level employment in the electric vehicle production industry as a Preferred Training Pathway to HMGMA. Training emphasis will be placed on safe and effective automotive shop operations, automotive electrical principles, and operation and service of electric and hybrid vehicles. Graduates will have the skill set to work in sub-assembly shops, building components. They could also work on the floor of production facilities to put the sub-assembly together to manufacture electric vehicles.
This eight-credit-hour certificate includes three courses: Automotive Technology Introduction; Automotive Electrical Principles; and Introduction to EV/Hybrid Vehicles and Safety Protocols. The College plans to offer this training at its Savannah and Liberty campuses with plans to expand.
Light-Duty Diesel Training (ALD1): This 28 credit hour, two-semester program (TCC) prepares graduates to service light-duty diesel vehicles. The five courses in this TCC include: Automotive Technology Introduction (2), Automotive Electrical Systems (7), Automotive Engine Repair (6), Automotive Engine Performance (7), and Automotive Light Duty Diesel Engines (6).
Automotive Technology is offered at the Savannah and Liberty campuses. Apply today to earn a degree, diploma or short-term Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC).
Alexander Waite was a dual enrollment student from Liberty County.
Erin Smith won gold in the 2023 SkillsUSA Mobile Electronics national competition. He is a U.S. Army veteran and automotive student at Liberty campus.
William Boyle-Wheeler won silver in the SkillsUSA state competition for Automotive Service in 2021.
Applications will be accepted prior to each semester. Deadlines will vary. Privately-funded scholarships are awarded based on criteria established by each of the donors. Any restrictions (age, race, gender, program of study, required hours, GPA, etc.) are included by specific request of the donor and are explicitly tied to the funds received for awards.
- Georgia Automotive Dealers Association Scholarship: The student has completed 12 semester hours in the Automotive Technology associate degree or diploma programs and must be pursuing a career in the automotive industry. 3.0 GPA ($1,000).