Automotive Technology Management

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Student leaning on vehicle

About this program

At Penn College, your career in automotive management is just around the bend. Fuel your future with a power-packed program that includes everything from technical know-how to learning how to run a shop of your own. We consider this a 2+2 major, which means that you can pick either an automotive or collision focus for your first four semesters and pair that with four semesters of applied technology management coursework.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

97%

Overall Placement

48%

Hired BEFORE Graduation

Tech+

Learn Technical, Management, and Soft Skills

Careers

  • Automotive business management
  • Automotive industry customer relations
  • Automotive technical assistance & field service engineering
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.

  • Previous Program Courses (PTM)
  • Automotive Technology Management Electives (ATM) or
  • Vehicle Systems & Function for Customer Service Personnel (ABM300)
  • Vehicle Repair & Diagnostic Procedures for Customer Service Personnel (ABM301)
  • Automotive Management & Customer Service (ABM310)
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting (ACC113)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Introduction to Metallurgy (MSC106)
  • Automotive Management Strategic Planning & Personnel (ABM350)
  • Advanced Topics in Automotive Technology (ABM355)
  • Managerial Decision Making (MGT330) or
  • Business Law I (MGT301)
  • Automotive Managerial Analysis (ABM450)
  • Automotive Technical Training & Workforce Development (ABM455)
  • Supervision & Human Relations (MGT248) or
  • Small Business Management (MGT249)
  • Senior Project (ABM495)

​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.

  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO111)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHM100) or
  • Occupational Health & Safety (SAF110)
  • Managerial Decision Making (MGT330) or
  • Business Law I (MGT301)
  • Supervision & Human Relations (MGT248) or
  • Small Business Management (MGT249)
  • Human Resource Management (HRM300)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Core Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)

​​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.

  • Math Elective (MTH113 or Higher) (MHI)
  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences (MTH159)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101) or
  • Interpersonal Communication (SPC201)
Virtual Tour

Automotive

Get a snapshot of the power-packed automotive programs, take a look inside lab spaces loaded with specialized tools and equipment just like you’ll find in the real world, and learn how you can fuel your future. With small class sizes, intensive hands-on lab experiences, true-to-life internships, and the support of dedicated faculty, a degree from Penn College will take you where you want to go.

Modern Fully-Equipped Labs
Facilities

Modern Fully-Equipped Labs

Get hands-on experience in specialized labs using industry-standard equipment, just like you’ll see in the real world.

Maker Profiles
Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Sep 10

Open House

Saturday, September 108:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Sep 23

Open House

Friday, September 238:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 9

Open House

Sunday, October 98:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 28

Open House

Friday, October 288:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 5

Open House

Saturday, November 58:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 18

Open House

Friday, November 188:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Contact

Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

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

 

Penn College Motorsports Association

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. 

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions.
Student Organizations at Penn College

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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Gain global experience
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’

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 Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)

A.A.S degree from an accredited institution or NATEF certified school or completed ASE Master Technician Certification (8 certifications total) and official/final high school transcript.

Students may transfer with an associate degree from Penn College or other regionally accredited colleges with equivalent courses. Penn College officials will evaluate transcripts prior to acceptance to the major and junior level status. Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certificate, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Certification(s), or industry specific training that includes full-time industry related work experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for credit as determined by the Automotive Department.

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As students learn to develop skills in service, repair, and test procedures within the first two years of this major, they will need to purchase certain tools.

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

Average time to complete the degree
Students are required to have earned an associate degree as a condition of enrollment into the bachelor degree.

2014 fall cohort: 24 months
2015 fall cohort: 18 months
2016 fall cohort: 25 months
2017 fall cohort*: 21.1 months
2018 fall cohort*: 18.8 months
*Not all students from 2017 and 2018 cohorts have graduated yet so the numbers for those two years are not an accurate reflection of the average time-to-degree for the whole cohorts.

Cumulative GPAs

  Fall 2018 Fall 2019 Fall 2020
BAU Junior 3.25 3.45 3.12
BAM Junior 3.13 3.73 3.46
BAU Senior 3.08 2.92 2.95
BAM Senior 3.39 3.38 3.29

 

Average Starting Salary
(Source: Penn College graduate survey dashboard)

  2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
BAU $41,500 $54,500 $39,750
BAM N/A N/A N/A

 

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.

  • Dr. Joel Anstrom, Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • Mr. Joey A Fleck, Competency Based Teacher Education Coordinator, The Penn State University
  • Dr. C. William Garner, Retired, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University
  • Mr. Patrick McCormick, Retired, Ford Motor Company
  • Mr. Anthony J Piccari, '08, Aftersales Department, Ferrari North America, Inc.
  • Mr. David K Plessinger, Owner, Economy Auto Parts
  • Mr. Carlo Santora, '08, '09, Technical Manager, Eastern US, Maserati North America
  • Dr. Mark D Threeton, Assistant Professor, Workforce Education, The Pennsylvania State University