Automotive Technology

Jobs for trained automotive technicians are waiting. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 100,000 technicians are needed nationwide. To qualify for one of these jobs, you need the right skills.

Education will take you farther

With extensive electronic and computerized circuitry, late-model automobiles are highly complex machines. Automotive technicians must be skilled in using modern test equipment, special tools, emission controls, overdrive transmission and other test equipment. The Automotive Service Training program at Greenville Technical College will teach you to use the latest equipment – tools that are equal to or better than what you’ll find in the workplace.

A career you can count on

The level of training provided in this program is well-respected by area employers.

Graduates are prepared for employment as technicians, service writers, and parts managers at dealerships and independent repair shops.

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Is Automotive Technology right for you?

If you enjoy cars and trucks, high-tech equipment, and hands-on work, this could be the field for you.

Students are responsible for  

  • Purchasing required tools
  • Meeting personal protective equipment requirements of Greenville Technical College
  • Meeting sponsor’s employment requirements including valid driver’s license and drug testing where required

What you’ll learn in the program

Students learn to identify, analyze and solve problems. General theory and basic information includes

  • Engine fundamentals
  • Automotive electricity
  • Manual drive train/axle
  • Brakes
  • Engine reconditioning
  • Ignition systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Suspension & steering
  • Automatic transmission
  • Automotive air conditioning

    Professional Credentials  

    Graduates are encouraged to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) test to gain certification as an Automotive Service Excellence Technician.

    Exclusive specialized training - GM ASEP

    Beyond general automotive training, Greenville Technical College also offers the only GM ASEP training in South Carolina.

    If your career goal is to become a GM certified automotive technician, then the General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (GM ASEP) is the program for you.  Through Greenville Technical College's unique cooperation with General Motors, ASEP trains highly specialized service technicians for GM dealers.

    Hands-on experience is emphasized:


    • GM ASEP students alternate between working at a local dealership and going to college in 5- to 7-week intervals.
    • GM ASEP students receive an hourly wage and are assigned to an experienced technician who guides and supervises training.

    GM ASEP Program Details >

    GM ASEP Course Sequence 2017-2019 >


    Exclusive specialized training - Motorsports

    Greenville Technical College offers the only college-level motorsports program in South Carolina (General Technology Associate in Applied Science degree with a concentration in Motorsports), a two-year program that provides extensive experience in Motorsports, with cross training in automotive and auto body techniques.

    More about motorsports at GTC >

    Certification and Accreditation

    National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence/National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (ASE/NATEF) certification ensures that training meets or exceeds industry standards.

    Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.

    Program details and courses

    Automotive Service Training Program (ASTP)
    Associate in Applied Science

    This program trains students in the testing, diagnosis, and servicing of motor vehicles, preparing them to become proficient, entry-level automotive technicians. The ASTP program is certified by The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

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    General Motors Automotive Service Education Program (GM-ASEP)
    Associate in Applied Science

    This program trains students in the testing, diagnosis, and servicing of General Motors motor vehicles, preparing them for employment as entry-level automotive technicians at General Motors dealerships or AC Delco shops.

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    View a printable program overview (pdf)...


    Honda/Acura Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT)
    Associate in Applied Science 

    As the only Honda and Acura training program in South Carolina, this specialization trains students in the testing, diagnosis, and servicing of Honda and Acura motor vehicles and prepares graduates for employment in a Honda or Acura dealership or repair facility. 



    • Students must complete a cooperative work experience (co-op) course each semester with a Honda or Acura dealership. 

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    Motorsports Performance Engines
    Certificate in Applied Science 

    This program trains students in the skills required for proper performance engine building, setup, and testing.

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    Race Chassis Building and Setup
    Certificate in Applied Science

    This program trains students in the proper method and procedures of a race chassis setup.

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    Automotive Medium and Light Repair
    Certificate in Applied Science

    This program trains entry-level technicians for the after-sale, routine maintenance sector of the automotive service industry.

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    Gainful Employment Disclosure

    For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for Race Chassis Building & Setup and Automotive Medium and Light Repair.