Developed for those in the automotive industry who hold an associate’s degree and would like to obtain a bachelor’s degree, the online automotive technology management program emphasizes skills necessary for a management career within the automotive industry.
The online automotive technology management degree gives you the flexibility needed to balance your work, school, and home life. You’ll have 24/7 access to course materials, giving you the freedom to work from anywhere at any time.
As an automotive technology student, you’ll learn:
Supervision and management. Gain valuable management skills with coursework in supervision and personnel management, technical efficiency and product tracking, conflict resolution, and problem-solving.
Business skills. Business-focused curriculum that includes industry legal issues, customer service and sales, profit center analysis, and strategic business planning, will give you a competitive edge in the automotive industry.
Communication. You’ll learn person-to-person communication skills and how to develop and present pertinent information.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for employment in the natural gas industry.
Why choose an online degree?
- Accessible online anywhere in the world
- Flexible scheduling – take classes on a part-time or full-time basis
- Continue to work and be at home with your family
- Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree
- In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
- Same rigor as on-campus programs
- Regional accreditation plus professional accreditations by program (e.g., ACBSP, ATMAE, CAHIIM, CODA)
- One-on-one interaction with faculty
- Online tutoring
- Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
- Graduates can participate in Commencement
- Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O. (Platform for Learning And Teaching Online)
- No required campus visits
- Major Code: BAM – view in catalog
- School: Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies
- Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
- Total Credits: 129
Out-of-State Resident Tuition
- Starting fall 2017, any out-of-state student enrolled in an online degree program will receive the in-state tuition rate.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
Objectives and Outcomes
The program prepares students to work at industry dealership fleets, franchises, chain operations or independent service facilities as a service manager, service consultant, or owner/general manager. Students also may work for retailers, distributors or manufacturers as a regional representative, parts or vehicle salesperson, product trainer, warranty administrator, insurance claim adjuster, or technical writer. For students with an industry related associate degree, they may qualify for employment as a service engineer, technical trainer, or trade area instructor at schools and colleges.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $39,550 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $65,430.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Automotive Repair and Maintenance||228,400||$19.17||$39,880|
|Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores||64,070||$17.81||$37,030|
|Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||16,490||$24.91||$51,820|
Statistics reported in May 2017
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.
Clubs & Activities
Penn College Motorsports Association
Automotive Technology Management Advisory Committee
- Dr. Joel Anstrom, Pennsylvania State University
- Dr. Dorothy Chappel, Superintendent, Jersey Shore Area School District
- Mr. Joey A Fleck, Competency Based Teacher Education Coordinator, The Penn State University
- Dr. C. William Garner, Retired, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers Univ.
- Mr. Patrick McCormick
- Paul McQuay, Ph.D., '60, '68, President, Paul McQuay & Associates, L.L.C.
- Mr. Anthony J Piccari, '08, Aftersales Department, Ferrari North America, Inc.
- Mr. David K Plessinger, Owner, Economy Auto Parts
- Mr. Carlo Santora, '08, '09, Corporate Technical Training Instructor, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
- Dr. Mark D Threeton, Assistant Professor, Workforce Education, The Pennsylvania State University
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.