Automotive Restoration Technology (RS)

(Effective Fall 2012)

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

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