Automotive Technology

  • Instructors Gayle Leinbach | Keith Nichols | East Campus | CIP Code 47.0604
    Instructors Jose Gonzalez | West Campus | CIP Code 47.0604

    The Automotive Technology program is nationally recognized and accredited by the National Automotive Training Education Foundation (NATEF). The program prepares students to engage in diagnosis, servicing, and maintenance of all types of automobiles. Students perform live work and gain invaluable skills in all aspects of automotive technology.

    Students begin with the fundamentals and learn to identify and properly use tools and fasteners as well as general auto reconditioning skills. Students learn to inspect, repair and replace components of the suspension/chassis, brake, engine, cooling, fuel, ignition, electrical, exhaust, emissions, air conditioning systems, and drive lines according to the student’s chosen career objective. Welding processes and safety techniques are also taught. Students are taught to use technical service information systems and are prepared to obtain the Pennsylvania State Inspection and/or Emission certification.

    Graduates are well qualified to enter the automotive field as entry-level service technicians and mechanics. Students who pursue advanced technical training at the post-secondary level will find an array of opportunities in service, management, and entrepreneurship.

    Career Pathways:

    Automotive Master Mechanic/Technician
    Automotive Specialty Technician
    Service Technician & Mechanic
    Automotive & Watercraft Attendant
    Detailer (Cleaner of Vehicles)
    Tire Repairer & Changer
    Transportation Vehicle, Equipment & System Inspector


    Automotive Technology Instructor
    Service Manager
    Parts Manager
    Service Advisor
    After-market Automotive Marketing/Sales
    Equipment Salesperson
    New/Used Car Salesperson
    Racing Crew

    *Requires post-secondary training.

Automotive Technology
  • Industry Certifications:

    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
    Certified Emissions Inspector Certified Safety Inspector – Cat I
    *A student may take the test for certified Safety Inspector – Cat I test; however PennDOT holds the certificate until the student is 18 years old.

    College Advanced Credits:

    Harrisburg Area Community College - Up to 16 credits
    Northampton County Community College - Up to 9 credits
    Pennsylvania College of Technology - Up to 9 credits
    Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology - Up to 10 credits
    University of Northwestern Ohio - Up to 12 credits

    Program Requirements/Costs:

    There are specific costs for text-books, tools, supplies, uniforms,  certifications; and for some pro-grams, medical and criminal clear-ances that students are obligated  to pay upon acceptance.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    ο Reading at grade level
    o Algebra I or Geometry
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude