Automotive Service Technician
This curriculum includes advanced operating theories of automotive systems and components. Students learn to apply automotive operating principles and to diagnose malfunctions in automotive systems.
The course work emphasizes the development of skills in service, repair, and test procedures.
Course work prepares students to take written certification exams (e.g., the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence exam and the Pennsylvania Vehicle Safety Inspection exams, written and practical) for certification as vehicle safety inspectors.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
CERTIFICATION: The automotive major is master-accredited by the National Automotive Technician's Education Foundation and meets the standards for Automotive Service Excellence.
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $36,610 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,810, and the top 10 percent earned more than $60,070.
Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Automotive Repair and Maintenance||224,150||$17.00||$35,360|
|Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores||59,670||$16.27||$33,830|
|Local Government (OES Designation)||18,780||$23.04||$47,930|
*Statistics reported in May 2012
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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Penn College Motorsports Association
For students interested in motorsports, Penn College has a College Motorsports Association. Contact Wayne Smith for more information. The Motorsports Association is made up primarily of students in the automotive programs, but any interested Penn College student is welcome. Club activities include:
- Organizing car shows
- Taking after-class outings to a local drag strip, for those interested in racing their own cars or watching others race
- Working on the College's dragster
- Preparing, pit crewing, and driving the College-sponsored Mini Indy cars*
* The School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies competes annually in a local Red Cross “Mini Indy” race. The Mini Indy cars are go-karts, powered by 5 hp engines, with fiberglass Indy-style bodies.
Automotive Service Technician Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.