Automotive Technology

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  • The Automotive Technology Class at The Academy for Technology and Academics gives the students the knowledge and safety guidelines through the ASE Education Foundation. This is to prepare the student for college-level and the workforce. The students will have basic knowledge of engine performance, brakes, transmissions, steering, suspension, air conditioning, and electrical systems. The Automotive Technology students receive Entry-Level ASE Certifications and Ford ACE Industry Certifications. We partner with multiple dealerships in Horry County to provide the students internships that can potentially turn into full-time careers.

Instructor Profile

  • Joseph Gorcesky is an ASE Master Automotive Repair Technician and the Instructor of Automotive Technology at the Academy for Technology and Academics. He works together with industry professionals, school personnel, and students to grow their professional careers.

    Joseph’s educational background is a certificate of completion at Universal Technical Institute. He graduated with a 3.8 GPA and numerous awards.

    In his automotive career, Joseph was the youngest Toyota Master Technician and a Chrysler Level 2 Technician

    He left the automotive industry to pursue his passion for teaching. In his first year, he improved the Automotive programs ASE pass rate from the previous high of 60% to 100%. His teaching goes beyond just test scores. He teaches his students soft skills and workplace etiquette. Joseph creates strong personal relationships with his students and caters to their needs to make sure they have a great start to their professional careers.