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.

Exclusive specialized training

Beyond general automotive training, Greenville Technical College also offers these specialized options:

  • General Motors – the only GM ASEP training program in South Carolina
  • Motorsports – 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 

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

  • Having and maintaining a dealership, service center, or affiliate sponsor by the first day of class and throughout the program
  • 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

Hands-on experience is emphasized

  • GM ASEP students alternate between working at a local dealership and going to college in 8- to 12-week intervals.
  • GM ASEP students receive an hourly wage and are assigned to an experienced technician who guides and supervises training.

Professional Credentials  

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

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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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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