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Automotive Technology

Credentials You Can Earn

Student testing starting system with multimeterBuild the right foundation for your career in Auto Technology in NGTC's state-of-the-art classrooms and labs.

Highly qualified instruction with real-world experience provide focused training for students with opportunities for diagnosing and problem-solving in a variety of situations.

Starting in the classroom, move through the fundamentals of automotive engine technology through functional systems such as electrical and heating and air. Throughout the course of study, students will understand how all of the pieces will fit together as a whole. Program graduates receive an Automotive Technology diploma that qualifies them as automotive technicians.

The program is aligned with the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) program and emphasizes specialized hands-on training in:

  • Engine repair
  • Automatic transmission/transaxle
  • Manual drive train and axles
  • Suspension and steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Engine performance


Automotive Technology Diploma

The Automotive Technology diploma program prepares students for careers in the automotive service and repair profession. Learning opportunities enable students to develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of automotive mechanics theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an Automotive Technology diploma that qualifies them as an entry level automotive technician. Upon completion of this diploma, graduates will also receive an Auto Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician certificate and an Auto Transmission/Transaxle Technician Specialist certificate.


Auto Electrical/Electronic System Technican Certificate

The Auto Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose, service, and repair basic electrical/electronic automotive systems as an entry-level technician. Topics covered include automotive shop safety, electrical theory and circuit diagnosis, automotive batteries, starting and charging systems, instrumentation, lighting, and various vehicle accessories.

Automotive Transmission/Transaxle Technician Specialist Certificate

The Automotive Transmission/Transaxle Tech Specialist certificate program provides students with the skills to enter the automotive industry as an entry-level transmission, transaxle, and drive line technician. Topics include shop safety, basic electrical/electronic theory and diagnosis, manual transmission/transaxle operation and diagnosis, automatic transmission/transaxle operation and diagnosis, axles operation and diagnosis, differentials operation and diagnosis, and 4WD/AWD systems operation and diagnosis.

The Automotive Technology program may accept Life Work projects on a very limited basis.  Please consult with the instructor on a particular project that may be appropriate for Live Work.

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Career Opportunities

Individuals who graduate from NGTC’s Automotive Technology program can hit the shop floor running if they choose to become:

  • Auto Electrical/Electronic Systems Technicians
  • Automotive Transmission/Transaxle Tech Specialists

Graduates of the Automotive Technology program may work in a variety of fields including:

  • New/Used Car Dealerships
  • Auto Repair Centers

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Meet the Faculty

Kevin McCurry

Kevin McCurry is an Automotive Technology instructor in the Transportation department at North Georgia Technical College. He holds an Associate Degree in Industrial Technology from Greenville Technical College as well as 12 years of experience working in the field. He has over 10 years of experience in education and has been teaching at NGTC since 2017. 

Matt Moon wearing a blue Under Armour polo, with an NGTC name tag on the left side

Matt Moon

Matt Moon is an Automotive Technology Instructor in the Transportation Department at North Georgia Technical College. He holds a diploma in Automotive Technology from North Georgia Technical College. Matt has 25 years of experience in automotive repair. Joined North Georgia Technical College in August 2020.