Automotive Technology (AST)

Higher Education/Adult Only Program-16 month degree program; 9 month certificate program also available.
Campus: Willow Street Campus
Instructor: Brian Singer
Instructor: Terry Erb
Instructor: Don Kauffman

Career Focus Statement

Prepare for a career as a ‘lifelong’ learner in the continual changing automotive industry.

Program Goals

The Automotive Technology program prepares students to work in an automotive dealership as a NATEF certified mechanic. The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) has certified this program in all 8 areas: brake systems, steering and suspension, electronics/electricity, and engine performance, heating and air conditioning, manual and automatic transmissions. In addition to these areas, the program includes instruction in automotive fundamentals, diagnosis, engine management systems, and Pennsylvania State safety/emission inspection procedures. This intensive program allows students to continue to learn technical skills as they work side-by-side with an experienced technician at a local dealership. In addition, the Automotive Technology program adds a green technologies component, which focuses on alternative fuels and environmental issues within the car industry.

Program Description

  • Examine vehicles, compile estimates of repair costs, and secure customers’ approval to perform repairs.
  • Repair, overhaul, or adjust automobile brake systems.
  • Troubleshoot fuel, ignition, and emissions control systems, using electronic testing equipment.
  • Repair or replace defective ball joint suspensions, brake shoes, or wheel bearings.
  • Inspect and test new vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
  • Test electronic computer components in automobiles to ensure proper operation.
  • Tune automobile engines to ensure proper and efficient functioning.
  • Install or repair air conditioners and service components, such as compressors, condensers, and controls.
  • Repair, replace, or adjust defective fuel injectors, carburetor parts, and gasoline filters.
  • Remove and replace defective mufflers and tailpipes.