The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program helps students across the country, who are interested in careers in the skilled trades and public safety, realize their educational goals. Outstanding students are recognized with a $2,000.00 scholarship award and a Westward® toolkit upon graduation.
The Diesel Equipment Technology associate degree is a 70-credit program that focuses on the operational fundamentals and repair of diesel engines and diesel vehicle systems. The program covers over the road, off road and stationary applications. Technical skills will be developed in diagnostics and repair of advanced engine and system controls. Students will have an advanced understanding of electrical operations, computer controls, advanced engine controls, preventative maintenance and diesel fuel systems.
The Diesel Equipment Mechanic technical diploma is a one-year program designed to prepare an entry-level diesel technician. The 32-credit program covers over the road, off road and stationary applications emphasizing the fundamentals and repair of diesel engines and basic diesel vehicle systems. These systems include brakes, steering & suspension, heating, cooling and electrical systems. Diesel equipment mechanic courses make up the first year of the Diesel Equipment Technology associate degree. Those wishing to further their education can continue on for another year to obtain an associate degree in Diesel Equipment Technology.
Gateway Technical College’s diesel technology programs prepare students for the growing number of high-tech transportation careers. Diesel Equipment Mechanic technical diploma and Diesel Equipment Technology associate degree training are offered at the world-class Horizon Center for Transportation Technology. The Horizon Center houses the new Advanced Propulsion lab. The facility introduces students to biofuels and other sustainable heavy-duty engine technologies.
The 70 credit Automotive Technology associate degree program will prepare students for a career as an automotive line technician. The line technician can diagnose, repair and perform complex maintenance on automobiles and light trucks. The technician requires customer service skills as well as mechanical, electrical and professional skills to work on today’s hottest vehicles. Graduates can also obtain positions as parts and sales suppliers, testing technicians for manufacturers, manufacturer sales representatives, manufacturer trainers or a manager within a transportation-related field. During the program, students will become knowledgeable in engine performance, engine repair, manual and automatic drive lines, transmissions and transaxles, electrical systems and electronics. Graduates are prepared to take the Master ASE certification exam. The Master ASE certification shows potential employers and consumers that the technician is knowledgeable in the field of certification including the areas of engine performance, light vehicle diesel engines and automatic transmission.
The Aeronautics - Pilot Training degree program at Gateway Technical College will prepare students for an exciting career in aviation as a professional pilot able to work in a variety of settings including airlines, corporations, flight training companies, law enforcement, state and federal agencies, and other transportation companies. Students benefit from both highly trained instructors and quality program equipment. The program faculty are FAA certified flight instructors and many have worked as professional pilots bringing valuable, real world experience to the classroom.
The Automotive Maintenance Technician technical diploma provides an introduction to essential automotive servicing techniques including the testing, repairing and rebuilding of basic automotive systems. This program prepares students to take up to four Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams in the following areas; brakes, suspension and steering, heating and air conditioning and electrical systems. Graduates of this program have the skills needed for an entry-level position at an automotive repair facility or retail service center. Students also have the option to continue their education and apply their 32 credit diploma towards an Automotive Technology associate degree.
As a National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) certified school, Gateway Technical College is recognized as upholding the highest quality training for an Automotive Technician program. The Automotive Maintenance Technician technical diploma and the Automotive Technology associate degree program provide the hands-on training and education you need for a successful career in an automotive repair facility or retail service center.