Program Objectives

Some parts from the cars in the lab.






Skills/Job & Salary Outlook

A graduate of this program should be able to:

  • Diagnose and repair common malfunctions of the following automotive systems: engine lubrication and cooling; brake, suspension, steering, wheels and tires, electrical (including wiring, batteries, starting, charging, and ignition), fuel, on- board electronics/computers, and engine assemblies; and power train components including manual and automatic transmissions and transaxles.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to operate the latest generation of computerized test and diagnostic equipment, including digital storage lab scopes, on-board scan tools, and a chassis dynamometer and develop skills in the safe operation of a
     chassis dynamometer.
  • Develop sound, basic, safe automotive shop practice skills, including environmental protection.
  • Develop good basic shop habits, including demonstrating a good attendance record, punctuality, a willingness to work, and an ability to work with others as a team.
  • Apply basic laws of physics/scientific principles to automotive systems and components when performing in shop testing exercises and diagnosing problems. This includes exam questions containing diagnostic questions.
  • Record diagnostic testing data and reports using necessary mathematics; solve basic problems using elementary algebra.
  • Locate and interpret technical data represented in shop repair manuals, diagnostic charts, and wiring diagrams. This data will be in hard print and/or various electronic media sources.
  • Demonstrate good automotive shop management practices, including student management, customer relations, shop procedures, and writing repair orders.
  • Be prepared to take and pass the ASE automotive tests series after successful completion of this program and having at least one additional year of on-the-job experience in that particular area or areas that will be tested.
  • Be prepared to accept the challenge of continuous training in the automotive field, that is, “learning to learn”, which will be necessary to adapt to new technologies and to become a problem solver and a critical thinker.
  • Obtain the Pennsylvania Auto Safety Inspection Certificate and the Pennsylvania Emissions tester certificate.