Gateway Technical College- Automotive Technology

Gateway Technical College- Automotive Technology


[Music] here at Gateway we offer a one-year automotive maintenance technician diploma and a two-year associate’s degree in automotive technology we start our technicians out as the basic fundamentals typical at that point you’re doing oil changes tire rotations as we go through the program we build your skills to make you a more productive technician yeah you start with the basics and you just pick it up along the way and everything builds on each other but I really do enjoy being at this level now where we can be more challenged with more complicated repairs most of our technicians at the end of the two-year program are ready to work as junior texts or full line technicians I start out on the lubricant oil changes and tire rotation I got bumped up to an apprentice position so now I’m six months under one apprenticeship typical day will involve a short time in the classroom or the instructor will go over the day’s activities and then we’re going to go out in the lab and spend the majority of our classroom time to actually doing those tasks to a level that you’re proficient with you get to learn why something does what it is that it does how things operate and then you’ll get a go out into lab and put that application that theory in that and application to work so that’s probably my favorite part about it it’s all about hands-on work especially because I’m deaf and very visual and very kinetic learner so I think it really helped me in this program I fell in love working that way because it is very hands-on we’ve partnered with snap-on starett fiat-chrysler to provide our students with state-of-the-art up-to-date equipment the horizon Center is great I mean its state-of-the-art technology and tooling to be able to have those tools and cars and what we’re provided at this facility is just really truly amazing we have certifications tied to all the major major pieces of equipment and these are credentials that you can take to an employer that not only have you seen and worked on the equipment you’re also having those ASCS you can go into a job and you’ll be more of an asset to them and you’ll be able to get more money for our as well one of the advantages of degree in automotive technologies you’re not limited to just a dealership or an independent shop as a technician many of our graduates will find work in management owning their own shop or working for automotive related industry I hope to be a master technician someday keep working where I’m at get a little more skilled a little more knowledgeable and go take my other asses and hopefully achieve that mastery rank [Music]


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