Automotive is a very broad term which may include sales, auto body, service, parts, management and many more industry fields. The automotive department at Grand Rapids Community College only instructs in the area of automotive service. The automotive program is a nationally accredited program and instructs in all eight areas listed by mechanic certification. GRCC offers many educational options, which include an 18-week program that covers four out of the eight certification areas, a one-year certificate program which instructs all eight areas and a two-year associate degree program. The associate degree program transfers to a bachelor’s degree program at Ferris State University, which allows students to continue their study in Automotive. If hands-on work with highly technical and computerized cars interests you, this career is for you.
The mission of the Automotive Technology Program is to prepare students for entry-level positions and for advancement in the automotive service industry. Students receive training in all areas of automotive service, through both classroom learning and extensive hands-on training. Course offerings also provide members of the community with opportunities for personal enrichment. The program is certified by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF). In addition to earning an associate degree, students can obtain Michigan Master Mechanic certification upon completion of the program. Graduates of the program have opportunities to transfer into four-year institutions.