Pennsylvania College of Technology's Automotive Technology Management program is a bachelor of science degree structured to meet the needs of the automotive service, education/training, and manufacturing industries.

This major is designed to function as a "two-plus-two" major, with the students completing the required course work of an applied technology curriculum in either the automotive or collision repair areas for the first four semesters, which enables the student to petition to graduate with the appropriate associate's degree (A.A.S.) prior to the junior year.

The final four semesters emphasize skills essential to a management career within the automotive industry; supervision and personnel management, customer service, sales, problem-solving methods, organization and planning techniques, as well as proficiency in communications and mathematics.

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This major is also available online.

Automotive discussion Classroom materials Automotive Lab

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

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 $38,470 in May 2016. The top 10 percent earned more than $64,070.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Automobile Dealers234,570$21.52$44,770
Automotive Repair and Maintenance229,160$18.61$38,710
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores66,820$17.27$35,920
Local Government (OES Designation)17,330$24.35$50,640
Gasoline Stations14,250$17.96$37,350

Statistics reported in May 2016

Transfer Procedures

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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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Tool List

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.

Clubs & Activities

Penn College Motorsports Association

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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, Technical Operations Coordinator, Ford Motor Company
  • Paul McQuay, Ph.D., President, Paul McQuay & Associates, L.L.C.
  • Mr. Anthony J Piccari, Aftersales Department, Ferrari North America, Inc.
  • Mr. David K Plessinger, Owner, Economy Auto Parts
  • Mr. Carlo Santora, 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.

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