(Effective Fall 2012)

Applications for this major are currently not being accepted.  This degree is being redesigned and will work in conjunction with the Collision Repair Technology (A.A.S.) degree with an anticipated start date of Fall 2021. Please contact the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies with any questions.

Students learn to apply specialized restoration skills in the repair and maintenance of vintage vehicles. The curriculum emphasizes research, structural, mechanical, electrical, and refinishing skills. The fine attention to detail expected by collectors, museums, and contest judges is also emphasized. Project work involves extensive restoration on select 1900-1972 automobiles with additional projects on a variety of antique and classic chassis and components intended to develop an appreciation and transferability of skills necessary for the various facets of the restoration industry. Quality craftsmanship, professionalism and a strong work ethic are expected by the industry and reinforced in all restoration courses.

Career Opportunities

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.

Recommended High School Subjects

Three years of English, two years of algebra, and one year of science.

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.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Automotive Restoration Technology major web page.

Remediation Strategies

See Special Admission Requirements (above).

Transfer Procedures

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.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • identify parts, research sources of information, evaluate authenticity of parts/components, and select repair procedures for specific model and make vehicles.
  • develop a comprehensive repair plan to include structural, non-structural, interior, refinish, mechanical, electrical, and cost estimates, dependent on the client's desired outcome of the restoration project.
  • demonstrate the high quality of craftsmanship necessary for museum and contest-ready vehicles.
  • demonstrate a depth of knowledge and skill in structural, mechanical, electrical, non-structural, and refinish techniques authentic to the original manufacture of the vehicle.
    distinguish and evaluate the various restoration techniques necessary to accomplish repairs and to evaluate quality of workmanship in vehicles dating from 1900 to 1972.
  • emulate, through daily practice, the professional standards of the industry for punctuality, teamwork, attention to detail, steadfastness, and oral and written communication.
  • be successfully employed in the field of automotive restoration and its related areas or successfully graduate from a four-year degree program.

Performance Standards

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.


First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
ABC100 Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair 2 2 M REQ
ABC104 Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair Applications 3 9 M REQ
RST100 Automotive History in the 20th Century 3 Science, Technology and Society Requirement 3 M REQ
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
SAF110 Occupational Health and Safety 2 2 M REQ
WEL105 Collision Repair Welding 3 2 3 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
MTT104 Manufacturing Processes and Toolmaking Survey 3 2 3 M REQ
ABC125 Basic Refinishing 2 2 M REQ
ABC129 Basic Refinishing Applications 3 9 M REQ
RST101 Automotive Research 3 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
RST102 Introduction to Restoration Procedures 4 1 9 M REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
RST201 Restoration Laboratory I 3 9 M REQ
RST202 Restoration Laboratory II 3 9 M REQ
RST210 Structural Repair Theory 2 2 M REQ
RST211 Powertrain Theory 2 2 M REQ
RST212 Chassis Theory 2 2 M REQ
RST160 Restoration Internship 2 M REQ
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
RST203 Restoration Laboratory III 3 9 M REQ
RST204 Restoration Laboratory IV 3 9 M REQ
RST220 Paint, Trim, and Interiors 3 3 M REQ
RST221 Electrical and HVAC Systems 2 2 M REQ
RST222 Job Estimating, Judging, and Appraising 1 1 M REQ
RST223 Advanced Structural Repair and Final Fit 2 2 M REQ
MSC106 Introduction to Metallurgy 4 3 3 M REQ