The Automotive Technology program is a 675 hour (6 month) course that provides detailed instruction in the fundamentals and skills needed to inspect, diagnose, repair and adjust automotive vehicles. The Automotive program has high standards of training and placement. Students enrolled in the program participate in the EDGE program, which provides community college credit after completion of the Garnet program.

Job Internships
After major competencies have been acquired, trainees will be given the opportunity to receive on-the-job training. Trainees will apply for a job, interview, and if accepted, will be transferred to on-the-job status. They will be required to complete all course work as assigned by the instructors.

ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certification
Students are given the opportunity and encouraged to take a minimum of three ASE tests. ASE certification is recognized nationwide as a standard of excellence for the automotive industry. ASE’s mission is to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals.  Beginning with the February 2018 class, students will be required to sit for the ASE G1 test.

Uniforms and Tools
A complete set of tools is provided and included in the total program cost.  Students must meet a minimum of 450 hours of attendance before receiving tool kits.

School Hours
Classes are arranged on a daily basis, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Individual class schedules will vary. New students enroll each July and January.

Financial Assistance
Financial Aid information is available to students enrolled or enrolling in the program. For information, please call 304-348-6195 and ask for the financial aid advisor. The Automotive Technology Program is approved for the following: Veteran’s Benefits, Division of Rehabilitation, Worker’s Compensation, Pell Grant, HEAPS, and Workforce Investment Fund. (See Financial Aid)

The Automotive Technology instructors are Master certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and are former Automotive Specialists who have years of in-field experience.

Admission Requirements

  • The applicant must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma such as a GED® or TASC®.
  • The applicant must complete an application to the program and pay a $100 fee.
  • The applicant must take pre-entry assessment exams as established by the school at the cost of $20.00.
  • The applicant must attend orientation as scheduled, generally the first day of class.