Automotive Service Technician

Certificate
Student servicing car

About this program

At Penn College, a future is made by hand. And programs like the Automotive Service Technician certificate were designed to arm graduates with the hands-on skills that tomorrow needs the most. Like fixing cars and trucks, performing routine maintenance, and diagnosing complex malfunctions. When you dive into the Automotive Service Technician Certificate program, you’ll takeaway a specialized skillset that will have you real-world ready in just four semesters.  

4

Semesters

100%

Overall Placement

2:1

Student-to-Project Ratio

Careers

  • General auto technician in a dealership
  • Independent garage
  • Fleet operation
  • Service station
  • Self-employment
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.

  • Open Elective (OEA)

​​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.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Career Mathematics (MTH011)
  • Communications (ENL010)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
Facilities

Modern Fully-Equipped Labs

Test your technical know-how in our expansive two-acre under-roof facility where you’ll have access to late-model vehicles. 

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.

NATEF Logo
Subaru logo
MOPAR CAP logo
Ford ASSET logo
Honda PACT logo
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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.

SkillsUSA

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions.

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.

News
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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

At Penn College, the world is your classroom. Soak in the global experience by taking part in our study abroad program where you’ll study in Italy’s exotic car repair shops. 

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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).

View general transfer information

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.

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.

  • 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
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lisa Golfieri

SASC, Rm. 1077
800.367.9222 ext. 7515
llg6@pct.edu