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Automotive Service Technology

Welcome to the Automotive Service Technology program!

Southwest offers two associate degree programs for students interested in pursuing a career in automotive service technology. However, they differ in substantial ways which are outlined below.

Programs of Study

Automotive Service Technology-Comprehensive, Associate of Applied Science

The Automotive Service Technology (comprehensive) program is a two-year program leading to careers in the automotive service industry. The program is designed to provide the technical competency required of entry-level technicians employed by dealerships and other automotive service establishments. A background of, English, mathematics, and social science is combined with extensive classroom and laboratory work on automotive systems. The curriculum has been designed in conjunction with the automotive service industry and it is desired that the student co-op with a participating automotive service business in order to achieve practical application.

Students in the comprehensive program may begin classes at any time, but are encouraged to take classes in order as presented in the catalog. Electrical and Engines classes must be taken in order.

Automotive Service Technology-General Motors, Associate of Applied Science

The GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) is a two-year program sponsored by General Motors Corporation. The curriculum has been designed in conjunction with General Motors and it is mandatory that the ASEP student be sponsored by a participating GM dealership. Students interested in GM ASEP, in addition to the college, must also apply for this program at the GM ASEP office on the Macon Cove campus, Fulton Building Room 316. It is suggested that an appointment be made by calling 901-333-4152. In addition to normal tuition and textbook costs, the student will be required to provide his/her own basic hand tool set.

The General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (GM ASEP), which is sponsored by General Motors Corporation and GM Dealers and teaches only GM product and technology. GM ASEP begins in the fall of each year, and involves sponsorship with a local GM dealerships. GM ASEP is a lockstep program in which students must begin in the fall, and cannot begin the program at any other time. GM students are on a specific seven week schedule.

Registration Information

The Comprehensive Automotive program classes will have section "101" after the course number. The GM ASEP classes have section "148" or "149" after the course number.

Comprehensive students may enroll as any other student would. GM students can only enroll after seeing either of the GM Instructors. All students who are interested in the GM ASEP program should contact Martin Gambill for advising and registration.

Specific Course Information

To find out more about courses offered at Southwest, you can use our Catalog Search to view descriptions of our courses or the Class Schedule Search to see when and where a class is being offered.

  • Electrical I and Electrical II must be taken in order.
  • Engines I, II, III, and IV must be taken in order.
  • All classes require all Support Math to be completed.
  • All classes require Electrical I as prerequisite with the exception of Engines I. Brakes may have Electrical I as coorequisite.
  • Summer Comprehensive classes traditionally have not made during the summer. It is recommended that automotive students take the required academic classes during the summer.