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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Classroom materials Automotive classroom discussion Automotive Lab

About the curriculum


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

Accreditation & Industry Connections

National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

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

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

Dealership service specialist, assistant manager, skilled jobs in automotive manufacturing, service equipment representative, rebuilding shop assembler, repair shop operator, parts department manager.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $37,850 in May 2015. The top 10 percent earned more than $63,330.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Automotive Repair and Maintenance228,290$18.23$37,910
Automobile Dealers226,160$21.34$44,400
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores67,560$16.86$35,070
Local Government (OES Designation)17,260$23.96$49,830
Gasoline Stations16,370$17.27$35,930

Statistics reported in May 2015

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Tool List

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

Clubs & Activities

Penn College Motorsports Association

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Automotive Advisory Committee

  • Mr. Michael Bastian, Owner, Bastian Tire Sales
  • Mr. J. Michael Faryniak, Jr., Automotive Instructor, Jersey Shore Area High School
  • Mr. Joseph D Fosko, Senior Service Specialist, AAA East Penn
  • Mr. Steve Kaiser Jr., General Manager, Fairfield Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram
  • Mr. Beau Keyte, Service Manager, Blaise Alexander Chevrolet
  • Mr. Andrew Leigey, Automotive Instructor, Williamsport Area High School
  • Mr. Pat McCormick, Technical Operations Coordinator, Ford Motor Company
  • Mr. David K Plessinger, Owner, Economy Auto Parts
  • Mr. Nick Rieber, Assistant Service Manager, The Faulkner Organization
  • Mr. Alan Wyland, Owner, Dave's Service Center

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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