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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions concerning the GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) are listed below.

  1. What is GM ASEP?
  2. What is the purpose of GM ASEP?
  3. How does GM ASEP work?
  4. What is the purpose of the cooperative education work experience periods at the dealership?
  5. What subjects are studied?

Q: What is GM ASEP?

A: ASEP is a two-year college program leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Service Technology. It is a joint effort of three organizations: General Motors Corporation, General Motors Dealers and Southwest Tennessee Community College.

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Q: What is the purpose of GM ASEP?


  • upgrades the technical competency and professional level of the incoming General Motors dealership service technicians.
  • teaches students to analytically diagnose, repair and maintain GM automotive products using recommended procedures, special tools and GM service publications.
  • provides course content that will enable the successful graduate to advance in position after additional experience and to understand new systems and components as they are introduced.

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Q: How does GM ASEP work?

A: The GM ASEP curriculum utilizes approximately seven weeks of classroom work alternating with eight to ten weeks of full-time work experience at a GM Dealership.

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Q: What is the purpose of the cooperative education work experience periods at the dealership?

A: This system allows the student to apply, in a real world setting, what he or she has learned during the previous classroom session. In addition, the student becomes familiar with the dealership environment, its organizational structure, and the competencies that are expected of a professional automotive technician.

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Q: What subjects are studied?

A: Technical training on GM vehicles and components include the latest developments in engine repair, automotive electrical and electronic engine control systems, brakes, HVAC, front end, automatic and manual transmissions, fuel systems and emission control systems. In addition to the technical curriculum, courses will be offered in areas such as technical Mathematics, English and Social Studies to provide students with the background necessary for effective communication of ideas and to enhance future opportunities for career advancement.

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