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2020 - 2021 College Catalog 
2020 - 2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Automotive Technology: General Motors Certificate

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The Automotive Service Certificate was designed by General Motors and Gateway Community College. This unique, cooperative program educates students for an entry level maintenance position in General Motors or AC Delco sponsored automotive repair facilities. Through a special arrangement, students attend classes and labs at the North Haven Campus and then obtain internship experience at a sponsoring GM or AC Delco facility. Students in the GM Certificate program receive instruction on General Motors’ products. Vehicles, parts, engines, specialized tools, service information, and materials are provided by General Motors Corporation. For more information, contact Professor Daniel Fuller, Program Coordinator at (203) 285-2370 or e-mail at (

Certificate Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the graduate will:

  • Meet the industry ASE Alliance training requirements for GM Steering and Suspension, Braking, Engine and Electrical systems as assessed by existing instruments in current course
  • Demonstrate application of Critical Analysis & Logical Thinking (CALT) skills through completion of a course that meets the CALT requirements.
  • Demonstrate practical application of all above outcomes by successful completion of an in-dealership internship as assessed by existing instruments in current course.

Program entry requirements – Prospective students must obtain sponsorship through a GM dealership or AC Delco affiliated independent service center. Students must meet employment eligibility guidelines for the sponsoring employer.  Students must possess a valid CT motor vehicle operator license. Students must purchase required tool set that meets program standards.

Internship requirements – students will be required to successfully complete two internship courses at sponsoring GM dealerships or AC Delco PSC partners. Internships will be tracked and monitored by the program coordinator. Successful internship completion requires that all assigned General Motors Center of Learning training courses be completed with a minimum grade of Pass.

General Education requirements – Students are required to complete a Critical Analysis & Logical Thinking (CALT) course as a program requirement.

Students seeking acceptance into the General Motors Certificate program must:

  • Interview with the GM Program Coordinator to determine that all program entry requirements have been met.
  • Complete all developmental English courses (if necessary) or be eligible for ENG* 101 
  • Complete the Automotive Programs’ placement exam (if required)
  • Have a valid driver’s license issued by one of the 50 states in United States that does not have any restrictions that would prohibit the student from operating an automotive on public roads

Suggested Course Sequence

Total Semester Credits: 9

Second Semester

Total Second Semester Credits: 10

Total Program Credits: 19

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