About General Option

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the General program differ from the Ford ASSET and GM ASEP programs?

The course work in the General program is virtually identical to the Ford and GM programs. The major differences are that the General program does not concentrate on a specific make or model of cars and trucks, and that the co-op portion of training is optional in the General program. Students in this curriculum will concentrate on all the same areas: engines, engine performance, steering and suspension, electrical systems and electronics, brake systems, automatic and manual transmissions – – but on a variety of different types of cars. The General program also offers the option of an Associates Degree, or a Certificate, whereas the Ford and GM Options are only offered as Associates Degree programs. Finally, the General program offers several of its classes in the evening, offering the student a little more flexibility in scheduling.

When are the classes offered?

All of the courses required for the General program are available in the daytime, usually running from 8:00 am until approximately 1:00 pm. Additional general education classes needed to complete degree requirements are offered in the afternoon. In addition, several of the General classes are also offered in the evening. See the schedule for a particular semester to determine what is available for that period.

What are the employment opportunities for a graduate of this program?

Graduates of the General option can find employment in a variety of dealership and independent repair shops – – especially those who have completed the Associates Degree requirements, and successfully tested for ASE certification.

Will I need tools for this program?

There is no required tool set for the program itself. Shop tools are available for the labs. However, you will need tools if you choose to co-op with a dealership or independent shop, and you will need tools if you seek employment in this field during the program or after graduation. Since all automotive employers expect their technicians to have full tool sets, there are good reasons to purchase tools while in this program. Several reputable tool distributors offer their products for sale  in sets, or as individual purchases  and at substantial discounts to community college students. In some cases these discounts amount to 50% off of the list price. While in the program, you will have the opportunity to purchase tools from distributors such as MATCO, SnapON, Craftsman, Grainger, and others.

How long does the program last?

The Certificate option takes two semesters; the Associate Degree option takes two years, including summer terms.

How much time is spent actually working on cars?

The lab / shop component of the training is roughly half of the total time for the program. At the beginning of each block of training (engines, transmissions, steering and suspension, etc) more time will be spent in the classroom than the lab. As you progress through the theory in each block and start to work on the “hands-on” application, more time will be spent in the shop.

What is the co-op part of the course like?

Co-op can best be described as structured, real-world training, for both pay and college credit. It is optional, but a strongly recommended component of the program, since it allows you to gain valuable experience on the job, while going to school. Your instructor can tell you more about this program when you enroll.