Gadsden State Community College

Examples of credit programs in the College’s Technical Division include:
  • Automotive Manufacturing
  • Electrical Technology
  • Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Automation
  • Mechanical Design
  • Precision Machining
  • Welding
Some examples of coursework in these programs are:
  • Blueprint Reading
  • CNC Machining
  • Computer-Aided Drafting
  • Drill Press
  • Grinding Machines
  • Hydraulics/Pneumatics
  • Instrumentation and Process Control
  • Lathes
  • Milling Machines
  • Motor Controls
  • OSHA Regulations and Standards
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Pumps and Piping Systems
  • Robotics Technology
  • Safety

Specific to the automotive manufacturing industry, the College offers a two-year associate in applied science degree program in Automotive Manufacturing Technology with a core curriculum focusing on electronics, troubleshooting, programmable logic controllers and robotic welding.  The program’s mission is to provide well-prepared, multi-skilled individuals who can perform troubleshooting and technical work to minimize downtime in the manufacturing process.  Not geared to producing assembly line employees, this program focuses on electronic and automation technicians.

This 76-credit-hour degree program incorporates a minimum of 15 general education credit hours, 25 technical core credit hours and 36 credit hours of technical electives.  A 43-credit-hour and a 28-credit-hour Automotive Manufacturing Technology certificate are also offered.

Gadsden State’s Technical Division offers Associate Degree and Certificate programs in many other technical fields, as described in the Higher Education link.  Click here for course descriptions:

Through the Skills Training Division, Gadsden State offers short-term, non-credit training designed to equip students with the skills they need for immediate employment or to train/retrain existing employees.  Additionally, Skills Training offers the Ready-to-Work program, which results in an Alabama Certified Worker status for those who successfully complete it.  Ready-to-Work program participants may also earn the ACT National Career Readiness certification.

For complete details, contact the Dean of Technical Education and Workforce Development at Gadsden State at 256-549-8601.

As an example of curriculum, the Precision Machining associate in applied science degree program consists of the following courses.  For more information on this program, contact David Smith, 256-549-8644,