Aftermarket Performance Specialist

Competency Credential
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About this program

You want to push the bar. Demand more power from modern vehicles. With specialized performance equipment and advanced modifications, you can. In this series of courses, you’ll learn how to install aftermarket performance equipment and evaluate your enhancements with diagnostic equipment. Coursework will focus on performance upgrades to street-legal vehicles with attention to safety, suitability, and compatibility with existing OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) mechanical/electrical and electric controls.  


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.

  • Automotive Engine Machining Processes (AMT265)
  • Engine Head; Porting and Polishing Modifications (AMT277)
  • Automotive Dynamometer and Performance Parts Testing I (AMT278)
  • Automotive Dynamometer and Performance Parts Testing II (AMT279)

​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.

    ​​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.


      Advanced Learning Labs

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

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      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. 

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      Your knowledge in practice

      Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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      More Information

      • A competency credential must be completed within three years of enrollment in the credential.
      • Non-traditional credit such as credit-by-exam, work/life experience, and transfer credit is limited to one third of the total credits in the credential.  Two thirds of the requirements must be completed by course enrollment.
      • Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course to merit the credential.  

      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

      Admissions Counselor

      Lisa Golfieri

      SASC, Rm. 1077
      800.367.9222 ext. 7515