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Associate Degree Program

What is an Automotive Service Technician?

Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians or service techs, inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks. Service technicians work on traditional mechanical components, such as engines, transmissions, and drive belts. However, they also must be familiar with a growing number of electronic systems. Braking, transmission, and steering systems, for example, are controlled primarily by computers and electronic components. Other integrated electronic systems, such as accident-avoidance sensors, are becoming common as well. In addition, a growing number of technicians are required to work on vehicles that run on alternative fuels, such as ethanol and electricity. Service technicians use many different tools, including computerized diagnostic tools and power tools such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, welding torches, and jacks and hoists. Service technicians also use many common hand tools, such as sockets and ratchets, wrenches, and pliers. In fact, experienced workers often have thousands of dollars invested in their personal tool collection. For example, some invest in their own set of pneumatic tools—tools, such as impact wrenches—powered by compressed air. Service technicians sometimes specialize in a particular type of repair that may be subject to specific regulations or procedures. For instance, those focused on repairing air-conditioning system must follow federal and state regulations governing the handling, recycling, and disposal of refrigerants.

Prerequisite Courses
Students must verify degree level proficiency in Reading, Writing, and Math before program admission.
Students are encouraged to acquire a personal set of hand tools.

Degrees and Certificates
  • Automotive Technology, AAS
  • Auto Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician Certificate
  • Automotive Chassis Technician Specialist Certificate
  • Automotive Climate Control Technician Certificate
  • Automotive Engine Performance Technician Certificate
  • Automotive Engine Repair Technician Certificate
  • Automotive Transmission/Transaxle Tech Specialist Certificate

Length of Program
  • Degree: 4 semesters
  • 61 Credit Hours

Semester Program Begins
Fall and Spring Semester

Application Process

Applicants to the Automotive Technology Program must meet all Admissions requirements; complete an application and pay the application fee. Apply to Gwinnett Technical College at and submit all transcripts from high school and previous college work, and take the ACCUPLACER test if required.

Program Deadlines
You may enter in the Fall or Spring Terms.



(this data was compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


2016 Median Pay $35,200 to $38,470
Entry level Education Associate's degree, Diploma, Certificate
Number of jobs, 2014 237,200
Job Growth, 2024 9%