This curriculum covers fundamental and 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 on Chrysler vehicles and systems. Specialized service courses prepare students for advancement in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dealerships. The major also prepares students to take written certification examinations (e.g., the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence examinations), vehicle safety inspection, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 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
Entry-level service technicians with enhanced career opportunities for the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles family of dealerships, including RAM truck, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, SRT, and Fiat.
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
Prospective students should contact the program immediately after submitting an application so that the available options are explained prior to enrollment. Student must have a valid driver’s license with no moving violations. Students should have a dealer commitment to internship prior to enrollment. Assistance with obtaining a dealer sponsor is available through the program coordinators.
Read more about the required internship.
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Performance standards for successful completion of all CAP-designated courses follow established College guidelines. Additional performance standards established by the Chrysler Group will be used to determine if factory training credit has been earned through the Chrysler Academy. The Mopar CAP instructor will monitor student progress during the program.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Penn College Motorsports Association
Automotive Mopar CAP Advisory Committee
- Mr. Jordan M Cramer, Service Advisor-Service Manager, VanCampen Motors Inc.
- Mr. Jay Frazzano, Technician, Nielsen Autogroup
- Mr. Arthur L Fritz, Service Manager, Freedom CDJR
- Mr. Rich Ganzermiller, Service Manager, Stetler Dodge Chrysler Jeep
- Mr. Steve Kaiser, Jr., General Manager, Fairfield Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram
- Ms. Gayle Leinbach, Instructor, Berks Career & Technology Center
- Mr. Ryan Sokoloff, '11, '12, Fixed Operations Director, Susquehanna CJDC
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.