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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ASEP-General Motors, AAS

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The Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP), cosponsored by DMACC and General Motors, is a two-year automotive program designed to prepare students for employment as a GM dealership technician. The curriculum, designed by General Motors and DMACC, leads to the Associate degree in Automotive Technology. The program involves classroom lecture, laboratory experience and dealership work experience.

For more information about the ASEP-General Motors program, please visit our website at

Location: Ankeny

Students start in October.

Program entry requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.
  4. Be accepted by General Motors as a participant.
  5. All program participants must be employed by a participating General Motors dealership.

Graduation Requirements

To earn an ASEP-General Motors AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Required Courses

Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree - 75

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5
Books (approximate)   500 300 150 150 300
Tools 3000 100 100 100 100

Approximate total for program: $15,525*

*Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

• Will work in a General Motors service department.
• Service automobiles to keep them from developing mechanical problems (preventive maintenance).
• Diagnose drivability problems so repairs can be made.
• Make systematic examinations, adjustments; repair and replace defective parts of cars and trucks.
• Use different kinds of testing equipment, such as engine analyzers, compression gauges, electrical test meters, lab scopes
   and computers.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

• Use your hands to do technical and manipulative skills with accuracy.
• Use hand tools and interpret readings from meters, gauges and computers.
• Establish effective interpersonal relations with customers and coworkers.
• Read and understand technical information off a computer and from technical manuals.
• Ability to diagnose problems and take proper remedial measures.
• Lift and carry objects up to 60 lbs.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

• Basic math and reading skills are a must.
• Students must provide own hand tools at the beginning of the program, approximately $3,000.
• Average starting salary $31,589 (2012-2013 Placement Report).

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.

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