• Automotive Technology

    (Courses 7620-7630)    Pennsylvania Department of Education CIP Code 47.0604


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    Students are expected to:

    1. Possess mechanical interest and aptitude

    2. Read and write at or near grade level  

    3. Be able to learn required math specific to the program

    4. Have the ability to use basic computer skills 

    5. Be physically able to lift heavy vehicle parts



    Possible Certifications

    Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES)

    National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

    Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

    PA Safety Inspection


    Ford ACE

    OSHA 10


  • The Automotive Technology Program is a competency-based program designed to follow the standards specified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The program also includes other competency tasks based on the direct needs of local businesses and other community organizations. Students will receive training in the following specialty areas described by NATEF to successfully complete the program:


    • Automatic Transmission/Trans Axle
    • Heating and Air Conditioning 
    • Manual Drive Trains and Axles
    • Suspension and Steering 
    • Engine Repair 
    • Brakes 
    • Electrical Systems
    • Engine Performances


    Senior-year students will enroll in the Pennsylvania State Inspection Mechanic Certification Program. Juniors who meet a minimum set of standards and are accepted can choose to participate in the Automotive Youth Educational System (AYES) school-to-work program. The AYES program starts with the student in his or her junior year with job shadowing and a full-time paid internship in the summer between the junior year and the senior year. Automotive YES is a dynamic partnership among automotive manufacturers, participating local dealers and career & technical schools. Senior students will have the opportunity to enter the work experience program if all requirements are met.



    For information on this occupation’s description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state/national wages and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for this career field click here.



    Opportunities for college credit

    GACTC graduates can get a jump start on post-secondary education by taking advantage of the various articulation and/or dual enrollment opportunities. Click here to review the college credit opportunities for the Automotive Technology program. 

Phone: 814-505-1215


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Tony Gibbons

Instructor of Automotive Technology

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