This major 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. Specialized service courses prepare students for advancement in the automotive field. Specific courses also prepare the student for transfer to four-year colleges.
The major also 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.
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About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
CERTIFICATION: The automotive major is master certified 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 US Department of Labor*, median hourly wages of automotive service technicians and mechanics, including commission, were $17.39 in May 2011. The middle 50 percent earned between $12.91 and $22.86 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.91, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $28.65 per hour. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of service technicians were as follows:
|Automotive repair and maintenance||$16.87/hr|
|Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores||$16.16/hr|
*Statistics reported in May 2011
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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Penn College Motorsports Association
Automotive 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.