Automotive Technology

1,376 hours, 50 credits, 3 terms, 12 months
Maximum class size: 15 
 
The Automotive Technology diploma program provides instruction in entry-level skills in parts replacement, troubleshooting, minor repairs, general engine tune-up and preparation for state inspection of motor vehicles. Students will be eligible to take the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle State Inspection Examination as part of their training. Proper tool handling, equipment and safety procedures are emphasized throughout the program. Automotive Technology is a Program of Study participant.

General Entrance Requirements

The student should be able to follow instructions and read repair manuals, specification charts and Pennsylvania motor vehicle inspection manuals. A valid driver’s license is required. Moderate amounts of walking, lifting and stooping are required, as well as the ability to withstand conditions involving various temperatures, fumes, chemical irritation and noise. The student should have arm-hand steadiness, eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity and finger dexterity.

Instructional Equipment

Instructional equipment includes, but is not limited to, basic engine analyzer, alignment machine, tire changing machine, starter generator tester, alternator tester, brake lathe and computers.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates qualify for entry-level employment at service stations, independent garages, car dealerships and shopping center outlets. Self-employment is also a possibility.

Term I

Course Code
Course Description
Credits
AT-101
Shop Fundamentals
3
AT-102
Engine Repair
4
AT-104
Brake Systems
4
AT-106
Vehicle Service/Maintenance
4
Term Total: 15    

Term II

Course Code
Course Description
Credits
AT-203
Electrical/Electronics I
6
AT-205
Steering/Suspension
5
AT-207
Engine Performance I
3
AT-208
PA Vehicle Safety Certification
3
RS-10
Employer Expectations
2
Term Total:  19    

Term III

Course Code
Course Description
Credits
AT-303
Electrical/Electronics II
3
AT-307
Engine Performance II
4
AT-309
Manual Drive Train and Axles
3
BR-9
Welding/Brazing
1
AT-311
Practical Automotive Technology Operations
5
Term Total:  16    
Program Total: 50    
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