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.

Program Specs

Open House

Open House

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Automotive Lab
Automotive Lab
Automotive Lab

About the curriculum


View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Accreditation & Industry Connections

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CERTIFICATION: The automotive major is master-accredited by the National Automotive Technician's Education Foundation and meets the standards for Automotive Service Excellence.

Job market

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $36,710 in May 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,920.The top 10 percent earned more than $61,210.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Automotive Repair and Maintenance225,500$17.28$35,930
Automobile Dealers208,380$20.89$43,450
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores62,180$16.43$34,170
Gasoline Stations19,230$16.87$35,100
Local Government (OES Designation)18,430$23.23$48,320

Statistics reported in May 2013

Gainful Employment Report

Transfer Procedures

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Clubs & Activities

Penn College Motorsports Association
Motorsports Team for Mini Indy

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.


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Automotive Service Technician Advisory Committee

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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.

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