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 curriculum emphasizes the development of skills in service, repair, and test procedures in relation to Honda/Acura vehicles and systems. Specialized service courses prepare students for advancement in Honda/Acura dealerships. The major also prepares students to take written certification exams (e.g., the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence exams), vehicle safety inspection, and Honda/Acura certifications. Specific courses prepare the student for transfer to four-year majors, such as Automotive Technology Management.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
This major was developed from a partnership of the Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) program of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
Dealership service specialist, assistant service manager, skill jobs in automotive manufacturing, service equipment representative, independent automotive repair technician, automotive parts manager.
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
Special Admissions Requirements
Students in this major will gain valuable experience through an internship with a Honda/Acura dealership. This relationship with the dealership is vital to successful completion of the major and must be established prior to enrollment. Therefore, we ask that prospective students contact us immediately after submitting their application so that we may explain the options available to them.
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Penn College Motorsports Association
Automotive Honda Advisory Committee
- Mr. John Komar, Sales & Service, Faulkner Dealership
- Mr. John W Sonday, Service Manager, Piazza Honda/Acura of Reading
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.