Automotive Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Student working on vehicle

About this program

Put your troubleshooting skills to the test in state-of-the-art labs. Dive into real-life diagnostic situations. Test and solve vehicle malfunctions using the latest software. Perform routine service and maintenance. Working alongside expert faculty, you’ll study brake systems, electrical processes, engine performance and repair, suspension, steering, and more. From fundamentals to advanced diagnostics, learn what it takes to keep vehicles on the road and running smoothly. And when you’re done, you’ll have the advanced skillset you need to land a high-demand career in automotive technology.

Graduates of this major can earn a bachelor of science degree in automotive technology management, available online or on-campus, with just four more semesters of applied technology management coursework.

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Student-to-Project Ratio

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Overall Placement

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Specialized Labs

Careers

  • Dealership service specialist
  • Assistant manager
  • Skilled jobs in automotive manufacturing
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Manual Transmission and Transaxle Principles (AMT111)
  • Brake Systems (AMT112)
  • Steering and Suspension (AMT113)
  • Fundamentals of Automatic Transmissions (AMT119)
  • Automotive Electrical Fundamentals (AMT109)
  • Automotive Fuel and Emission Control Systems (AMT121)
  • Engine Principles (AMT122)
  • Engine Electrical Systems (AMT126)
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle (AMT104)
  • Engine Performance (AMT236)
  • Engine Repair (AMT266)
  • Powertrain Electronics (AMT264)
  • Vehicle Safety Inspection (AMT242)
  • Automotive Chassis and Wheel Service (AMT243)
  • Automotive Air Conditioning Systems and Service (AMT274)
  • Electrical/Electronic Accessory Service (AMT276)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP) or
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP) or
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
Facilities

Modern Fully-Equipped Labs

Test your technical know-how in our expansive two-acre under-roof facility where you’ll have access to multiple car manufacturers.  

Student Experience

"The first time I saw the (automotive) lab, I was really speechless. I was in awe, basically. I was really, really excited, and I just wanted to start right then and there."

Andy Luzeckyj

Automotive Technology

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Penn College Motorsports Association

The club activities offer members exclusive exposure to the racing industry with tours of performance shops and opportunities to test their driving ability by participating in track days, autocross, and other driver skill events

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Automotive students, faculty compete in ‘Green Grand Prix’

Members of the Penn College Motorsports Association participated in the 15th annual Toyota Green Grand Prix, which promotes innovation in sustainable transportation technologies while launching the season-opening weekend at New York’s renowned Watkins Glen International racetrack.

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More Information

Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

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You are required to have a uniform for lab classes. It is recommended that you purchase three uniforms.

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

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. Tom Barnes, Manager, Steve Shannon Tire and Auto Centers, Inc.
  • Mr. Michael Bastian, Owner, Bastian Tire Sales
  • Mr. Christopher B Brown, Hyundai Service Manager, Jack Giambalvo Motor Co., Inc.
  • Mr. Caleb Cartmell, '16, '18, Automotive Service Advisor, Steve Moyer Subaru
  • Mr. Steve Kaiser Jr., General Manager, Fairfield Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram
  • Mr. Beau Keyte, '00, Owner, K-Tech Automotive
  • Mr. Andrew Leigey, '01, '05, Automotive Instructor, Williamsport Area High School
  • Mr. David K Plessinger, '78, Owner, Economy Auto Parts
  • Mr. Nick Rieber, '08, '10, Assistant Service Manager, The Faulkner Organization
  • Mr. Philip Rizzo, Operations Director, Blaise Alexander Management Company
  • Mr. Alan Wyland, Owner, Dave's Service Center