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 SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
ABC100Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair 2 
ABC104Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair Applications 3 
RST100Automotive History in the 20th Century 3 Science, Technology and Society Requirement
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
SAF110Occupational Health and Safety 2 
WEL105Collision Repair Welding 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Second SemesterCredits
MTT104Manufacturing Processes and Toolmaking Survey 3 
ABC125Basic Refinishing 2 
ABC129Basic Refinishing Applications 3 
RST101Automotive Research 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
Summer SessionCredits
RST102Introduction to Restoration Procedures 4 
Third SemesterCredits
RST201Restoration Laboratory I 3 
RST202Restoration Laboratory II 3 
RST210Structural Repair Theory 2 
RST211Powertrain Theory 2 
RST212Chassis Theory 2 
RST160Restoration Internship 2 
ENL121English Composition II 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
RST203Restoration Laboratory III 3 
RST204Restoration Laboratory IV 3 
RST220Paint, Trim, and Interiors 3 
RST221Electrical and HVAC Systems 2 
RST222Job Estimating, Judging, and Appraising 1 
RST223Advanced Structural Repair and Final Fit 2 
MSC106Introduction to Metallurgy 4