Mar 19, 2018  
Guam Community College 2017-2018 Catalog 
Guam Community College 2017-2018 Catalog

Automotive Service Technology Certificate

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Program Mission

The mission of the Automotive program is to develop a skilled and competent automotive workforce, based on industry needs, for the Guam community and the region.

Program Description

The Certificate program in Automotive Service Technology (AST) is a competency-based program designed to offer entrylevel training sufficient for employee success in automotive technician positions. Skills acquired in this program also apply directly to occupational areas including diesel mechanics, small engine repair, generator repair, marine engine service, fleet service, repair service order writing, and entry level automotive service management.

Graduates of the AST Certificate program demonstrate the foundational skill and knowledge to pursue further study in power plant mechanics, marine / diesel repair and automotive engineering in the automotive manufacturing industry.

Two ‘tracks’ exist within the program. Students completing the General Service Technician Track offer future employers preparatory background in four primary areas of automotive service technology (brakes, electrical / electronic systems, engine performance, and suspension / steering) and are prepared to pass the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Certification Examination in those areas. Upon passage, and after one year of automotive work experience, they are eligible to receive NATEF designation as a General Service Technician. The second option within the Certificate program is the Master Service Technician track, where graduates receive preparatory background in the four above-mentioned automotive areas as well as four additional areas (automatic transmission / transaxle, engine repair, heating / air conditioning, and manual drive trains / axles). These graduates are prepared to pass the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Certification Examination in all eight examination areas offered, and upon passage may pursue recognition from ASE as a Master Service Technician.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Automotive Service Technology program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the purposes and proper functioning of the core components of an automotive engine.
  2. Perform a cylinder compression cranking test.
  3. Demonstrate the proper use of a digital multimeter (DMM) during diagnosis of electrical circuit problems.
  4. Diagnose, adjust, repair, or replace automotive components.

A. General Education Requirements

Students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, understanding and speaking English as well as demonstrate the minimum mathematical proficiency. Proficiency can be met through the following:


  • Test out of the English Placement Test, or Satisfactory completion of EN 096  or EN 097  


  • Test out of the Math Placement Test, or Satisfactory completion of MA 096  or MA 098  

Total General Education Requirements - 0

B. Technical Requirements

Total Credits Required - 34

Total Technical Requirements - 53

Total Credits Required - 56

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