Automotive Restoration Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Tucker parked at campus entry

About this program

Preserve the past using the technology of today in state-of-the-art labs with expert faculty by your side. One of only a few across the nation, our auto restoration program covers everything you need to know to restore vintage vehicles to their former glory. From basic painting and non-structural repairs to advanced woodworking and upholstery installation, students master the art of restorative techniques. Thanks to small class sizes, lots of lab hours, and access to museum-quality vehicles, you’ll leave real-world ready to impress even the most discriminating collectors and museum professionals. 

Work on Vehicles Built Prior to 1972

Attend High-Profile Events

Earn a Dual Degree in Collison Repair Technology

Careers

  • Automotive restoration shops 
  • Custom fabrication shops 
  • Automotive museums 
  • Automotive auction houses 
  • Private vehicle collections 
  • Specialty parts fabrication 
  • Classic vehicle maintenance and repair 
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.

  • Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair (ABC100)
  • Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair Applications (ABC104)
  • Automotive History in the 20th Century (RST100)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (SAF110)
  • Collision Repair Welding (WEL105)
  • Manufacturing Processes and Toolmaking Survey (MTT104)
  • Basic Refinishing (ABC125)
  • Basic Refinishing Applications (ABC129)
  • Automotive Research (RST101)
  • Introduction to Restoration Procedures (RST102)
  • Restoration Laboratory I (RST201)
  • Restoration Laboratory II (RST202)
  • Structural Repair Theory (RST210)
  • Powertrain Theory (RST211)
  • Chassis Theory (RST212) or
  • Restoration Internship (RST160)
  • Restoration Laboratory III (RST203)
  • Restoration Laboratory IV (RST204)
  • Paint, Trim, and Interiors (RST220)
  • Electrical and HVAC Systems (RST221)
  • Job Estimating, Judging, and Appraising (RST222)
  • Advanced Structural Repair and Final Fit (RST223)
  • Introduction to Metallurgy (MSC106)

​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.

  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM) or
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Art Elective (ART) or
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)

​​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)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
Facilities

Modern Fully-Equipped Labs

Our expansive 49,000-square-foot lab features three spray booths, six English wheels, a 52-inch sheer, box and pan brake, power hammer, shrinking and stretching equipment, eight frame straightening machines, and two dual-car preparation stations. 

Student Experience

"My time at Penn College was the best time of my life. The quality of the education and of the institution is unmatched in my opinion. These degrees really do work."

Nick Cronin

Automotive Restoration Technology

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.

RPM Foundation
AACA Museum
Boyertown Museum
Northeast Classic Car Museum
Rolls-Royce Foundation
Swigart
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Penn College Classic Cruisers

Penn College Classic Cruisers promote interest in and preservation of antique and modified automobiles along with education, good sportsmanship, and fellowship among members. 

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. 

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
07.22.2019

Corvette club continues to benefit scholarship funds at Penn College

The Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club is steadfast in its support of Pennsylvania College of Technology. The club, formed in 2003 ...

07.19.2019

Nationwide lends damaged vehicles for students’ benefit

A partnership with Nationwide Insurance Co. has resulted in the loan of six damaged vehicles to Pennsylvania College of ...

06.11.2019

Student-restored vehicle revered at high-profile venue

Penn College students lent a practiced hand to the preservation of the “Tin Goose,” a 1947 precursor to the ...

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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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Many students have an opportunity to work in award-winning restoration shops across the nation.  

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Restoration Students Skillfully Leave Mark on Automotive History

Penn College students lent a practiced hand to the preservation of the “Tin Goose,” a 1947 precursor to the historically significant Tucker automobile, which was named “Best Post-War Vehicle” at the 2019 Concours d’Elegance in Hershey. Automotive Restoration students and faculty took the same car to the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California in 2018.

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More Information

Seats in this major are conditionally reserved for those interested students who have met the entrance requirements for admission to Penn College. Students who receive these reserved seats must achieve a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 in ABC 100, ABC 104, RST 100, SAF 110, and WEL 105, and remediate any deficiencies prior to enrolling in RST 101 and second semester courses.  Students must have a valid driver's license to enroll in RST 160, which is a required course in the curriculum.

Students must maintain a "C" or greater in all RST courses. If a "D" or lower is earned, the course must be repeated. Students should work closely with their advisers and with the program faculty to ensure that they are meeting all criteria for satisfactory progress in the program. Failure to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the specified courses, or finish remediation in the first semester at Penn College, will result in the student being removed from the Automotive Restoration Technology major and placed into the Collision Repair Technology major or another major of their choice, provided the student meets the requirements for acceptance in the major.

Students officially admitted in this major and graduating in Automotive Restoration Technology may re-enroll, within two years, into Collision Repair Technology. Upon successful completion of the required 33-credits, the student can petition to graduate with an AAS in Collision Repair Technology.

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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.

View the Automotive Restoration Technology Tool List

You are required to have a uniform and hard-toed shoes for lab classes. It is recommended that you purchase three uniforms.

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

  • Mr. Jeffrey E Bliemeister, Executive Director, AACA Museum
  • Mr. Scott Dorsey, Owner, Silverado Trucks & Accessories
  • Mr. Michael W Engard, Owner, Ragtops & Roadsters Inc.
  • Mr. Dennis Frick, President, Europa Macchina, Inc.
  • Mr. William R Hahn, Owner/Partner/Chief Executive Office, Hahn & Woodward Auto Restoration
  • Mr. Stephen R Hall, Funeral Director, Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Mr. Walter M Higgins, Project Manager, Automotive Restoration, Higgins Restoration
  • Mr. J. Dain King, Retired
  • Mr. Mark H Lizewskie, Executive Director, Rolls-Royce Foundation
  • Mr. Earl Mowrey, Jr., '73, Owner, Mowrey Contractors LLC
  • Mr. Paul J Rose, Owner, Vintage Motorcar Company LLC
  • Mr. Alcides "Al" Ruozzi, Co-owner, RB Collection, LLC
  • Mr. Ronald G Smith, '80, Owner, Superior Auto Service Co., Inc.
  • Mr. Edwon B Stroble, Jr., Owner, Stroble & Twigg Auto Restoration
  • Mr. Samuel Troup, Assistant Service Manager, C. J. Pony Parts
  • Ms. Lori Van Houten Frick, Vice President and COO, Europa Macchina, Inc.
  • Mr. Paul A Vorbach, President/CEO, HV3DWorks LLC
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lisa Golfieri

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