GNTC | Automotive Technology

GNTC | Automotive Technology


(Announcer)
Every year the top automobile manufacturers
introduce new makes and models to the market.
As a result, automotive technology continues
to become more complex and employment opportunities
for qualified automotive technicians are constantly
growing.
The Automotive Technology Program at Georgia
Northwestern Technical College trains students
to inspect, maintain, and repair cars and
light trucks by providing hands-on experience
in virtually all areas of the automobile.
The program is taught at the Floyd and Walker
County Campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical
College.
Both campuses have fully equipped shops that
prepare students to succeed in today’s automotive
industry.
(Troy Peco)
Well the automotive technology program is
a program basically designed to train our
students to be able to work on today’s modern
vehicles to do light maintenance repairs as
well as heavy in-depth repairs — transmissions,
engine repair, as well as brakes, ABS, stability
control, air conditioning systems, the whole
car from bumper to bumper.
(Announcer)
Troy Peco is the Program Director for the
Automotive Technology Program at the Walker
County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical
College.
Troy was named the Technical College System
of Georgia Instructor of the Year for 2013.
(Troy Peco)
Getting selected the instructor of the year
for the state of Georgia was just a tremendous
honor . . . realizing that the colleges see
the need for skilled individuals in automotive
field, that it’s an important part of the
educational system by selecting an automotive
instructor, I mean it was just a great honor,
especially with all the great other educators
we have in the state system.
(Announcer)
Automotive technology involves not only mechanical
procedures and repairs, it also requires proficiency
in advanced technology and computerized equipment
to test vehicles, diagnose problems, and resolve
those problems with state-of-the- art equipment.
(Bill Bentley)
At the Floyd County Campus we have a dynamometer
— the dynamometer allows us to run performance
test on vehicles. We can check horsepower
and torque. It also allows us to diagnose
vehicles . . . It is a simulated condition
as if they were driving down the road. For
instance we could simulate a problem at 55
65 miles an hour, while having diagnostic
equipment attached and students can view that
in a way that you cannot see in the real world.
(Announcer)
A wide variety of students, of all ages, take
part in the program. Upon graduating students
may seek employment specializing in one area
of automotive technology or may find work
that requires knowledge and experience in
all areas of automobile repair.
(Taylor Tate)
It’s a really good program to go into, you
learn a lot and it’s hands on so you actually
get to be at the car be doing stuff on it
— you’re not sitting in a classroom all
the time and being told what you’re supposed
to do, you actually get to go out to the cars
and learn what your supposed to do.
(Announcer)
The average annual salary for an Automotive
Service Technician and Mechanic is $36,610
a year according to the Department of Labor.
(Bill Bentley)
We have a lot of partners that are dealerships,
independent repair shops, part stores, even
a tractor manufacturer that works closely
with us. Many of those the managers and owners
of these companies serve on our advisory committee.
They are very interested in the type of training
we do, very interested in our students, and
the process. When we have any accreditations
or curriculum reviews they are very interested
in any changes that we make.
(Announcer)
Graduates of the program can go to work at
car dealerships, independent automotive shops,
service centers, fleet maintenance departments,
and even go into business for themselves and
open their own automotive shop.
(Oscar Castanada)
I’ve always had a passion for cars since
I was a little kid . . . I’ve had the opportunity
to work with different vehicles including
tractors and you get all kinds of things here
and I think that’s pretty neat you know
— you never know what to expect cause anything
can roll into here and the things that interest
me the most is the diagnosis part of it. Really
going through the details and reading the
diagrams, before you even get to it, to get
a better understanding.
(Announcer)
Once a student completes the program they
are prepared to take the certification exam
for the US National Institute for Automotive
Service Excellence. Mechanics that are ASE
certified generally receive a higher salary
and their careers advance faster.
(Troy Peco)
When our students are done with the program
they’ll be prepared to take the ASE exam
and shouldn’t have any problem placing highly
on the exam and doing well . . . and I have
had several students leave the program that
are ASE master certified when they leave the
program from the one year work experience
and then the one year college it allows them
to get the certification as well as being
able to pass the exam.
(Announcer)
As automotive technology continues to become
more sophisticated, many employers prefer
automotive service technicians and mechanics
that have completed a formal training program
at a postsecondary institution.
(Emmanuel Perdomo)
I really love it . . . one thing I love about
it is you can never stop learning new things,
you know automotive technology is always going
to come out with new technology . . you can
never stop learning.
(Announcer)
To find out more about GNTC’s Automotive
Technology Program, visit our website or give
us a call for mor


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