Automotive Technology

15 months, 1590 hours

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, as well as 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.

Industry Certifications:

  • S/P2
  • Certified Emissions Inspector
  • Certified Safety Inspector, Cat I
  • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)/NATEF – Students will be prepared to take up to four (4) ASE certification exams after completing one year of related work experience.
  • Section 609 Certificate for Refrigerant Recycling & Recovery OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

One Shirt (Any Style Listed) & One Pair of Pants:

· Navy Short Sleeve Tee Shirt with BCTC logo
· Navy Long Sleeve Work Shirt with BCTC Logo
· Navy Short Sleeve Work Shirt with BCTC Logo
· One Pair Navy Industrial Work Pants – proper fitting and no holesOPTIONAL:
· Navy Fleece Zippered and Hooded Pullover with BCTC Logo
· Charcoal Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo

Work shoes or work boots


Safety glasses with side shields provided by BCTC.




Modern Automotive Technology (9th Edition) – by Goodheart-Wilcox

Access Key MUST be purchased from your instructor for electronic version of Textbook, Workbook, and Shop Manual. Order early to assure arrival prior to start of school.

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Slip resistant work shoes or boots 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
Tire Tread Depth Gauge 1 Level 1 $5.00 Local parts store
Tire Pressure Gauge 1 Level 1 $5.00 Local parts store
Tire Valve Stem Core Remover 1 Level 1 $5.00 Local parts store
12-Volt Test Light 1 Level 1 $5.00 Local parts store
3″, 3-Ring Binder 1 Level 1 $8.00 – $12.00 Staples
ACE Automotive Technology

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Problem-solving / troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Mechanical aptitude

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