General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program

This program is a two-year cooperative program that incorporates technical studies on campus for four quarters, alternating with three quarters at a sponsoring General Motors dealership. Upon completion of this program, students will earn a Technical AAAS and numerous General Motors technical certifications that are recognized worldwide.

Get Paid While Learning

Alternating each quarter from classroom instruction to paid dealership training, students learn about the major automobile components and systems, including brakes, suspension, emissions, transmissions, electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, power trains and engine management systems. Students will develop skills in automotive diagnostics, tune-ups and repairs. 

Integrated Skills 

Students also develop an understanding of automotive service business principles as they apply to the service technician. In their internship placements, students work under the guidance of a master technician at a sponsoring General Motors Dealership. These paid internships give students the opportunity to integrate their learning and further develop their skills in service technology.

Career Opportunities

The placement rate for this program is 100%. Upon completion, graduates are hired by their sponsoring dealership. Demand for dealer-trained technicians should remain strong over the next decade.

Planning Guide: GM-Automotive Service Educational Program Associate in Applied Arts & Sciences Degree (A.A.A.S.)

What you need to be accepted into the GMASEP program:
  • Instructor permission
  • Placement testing
  • Automotive Skills tests
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Proof of insurability
  • Many dealers require drug testing
  • Instructor interview


Scott Main, Instructor
Room 2153
A graduate of the General Motors ASEP at Shoreline, Scott Main received GM World Class Technician certification in 2004. In 2003, he was awarded the Instructor of the Year/Technical Award of Merit by the Internat'l Assn of GMASEP. In 2002, he received SCC's Faculty Excellence Award. 2010 marks his 16th year at SCC. Contact Scott for information on the ASEP program.
By appointment

Program Costs:  (approximate quarterly costs)
Tuition Check current Tuition Table
Parking Fee $45
Tools & Equipment Varies
Uniform Fee $50
Add'l Instructional Fees $25-$85
Books Costs vary widely; average $200




GM ASEP Program
General Motors

Winter, Fall

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Apply fundamentals of automotive service training, including the basics of automotive diagnostics and repair, pre-delivery inspection and warranty repair procedures.

  • Identify, inspect, disassemble and assemble basic components of automotive power plants.

  • Apply knowledge of the function, construction, operation troubleshooting and service of disc, drum and ABS brake systems, steering, suspension and wheel alignment.

  • Use electronic engine analyzers and scanners to test and tune ignition, fuel injection, and emission systems.

  • Apply understanding of electrical principles, semi-conductors, microprocessors and wiring diagrams to diagnose and repair malfunctions of automotive electrical systems.

  • Apply knowledge of the function, construction, operation, troubleshooting and service of front and rear wheel drive manual and automatic transmissions and transaxels.

  • Test, service and repair heating and air-conditioning systems.

Potential Positions:

General Motors
Service Technician

 With additional experience, technicians can become Parts or Service Managers, seek positions in sales, management, or open their own related business. Average salaries for the region range from $50,000 to $52,000, depending on location and the individual's production abilities. For employment outlook, see the U.S. Dept. of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Sample Schedule
Freshman year Sophomore year

Fall Quarter

AUTOT 160   Fund of Auto Serv Training  (9 Cr)
AUTOT 163   Brakes & Suspension  (9 Cr)
BUSTC 215*  Prof Communications -OR-
ENGL& 101*  English Composition I  (5 Cr)

Fall Quarter

AUTOT 165   Engine Mgmt/Emission Sys  (9 Cr)
AUTOT 161   Engine Repair  (9 Cr)
*  Human Relations:  See approved list  (3-5 Cr)

Winter Quarter

AUTOT 291   Coop Dealer Exper I  (20 Cr)

Winter Quarter

AUTOT 293   Coop Dealer
Exper III  (20 Cr)

Spring Quarter

AUTOT 166   Electrical Systems  (9 Cr)
AUTOT 168   Heating and Air Con  (9 Cr)
BUS 102*      Business Mathematics -OR-
MATH 070*   Preparation for Algebra(5 Cr)

Spring Quarter

AUTOT 167   Auto Trans/Transaxels  (9 Cr)
AUTOT 164   Manu Gear Trains/Transax  (9 Cr)
*  Multicultural Issues: See approved list  (3-5 Cr)

Summer Quarter

AUTOT 292   Coop Dealer Exper II  (20 Cr)

Summer Quarter

AUTOT 294   Coop Dealer Exper IV  (20 Cr)

General Motors (ASEP) Professional/Technical Advisory Committee