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.
Automotive Restoration Technology at Penn College starts with developing the basic painting and non-structural repairs common to all cars, but then progresses to refining the unique skills found in:
- Sheet metal forming
- Upholstery installation
- Automotive research
- Classical paint
- Custom machining / fabrication / welding
- Fit and finish
- Antique mechanical and electrical systems
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
A wide variety of automotive restoration businesses, including automotive restoration shops, custom fabrication shops, automotive museums, automotive auction houses, private vehicle collections, specialty parts fabrication, and classic vehicle maintenance and repair.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
The RPM Foundation awarded Penn College an educational grant to provide monetary support for the Automotive Restoration Technology major.
AACA Hershey Museum
The Boyertown Museum
The Northeast Classic
The Rolls Royce Club
William Swigart Museum
Special Admissions Requirements
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 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.
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.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
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.
Clubs & Activities
Penn College Motorsports Association
Restoration Technology Advisory Committee
- 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
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.