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.

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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.


  • Possess mechanical interest and aptitude
  • Read and write at or near grade level
  • Be able to learn required math specific to the program
  • Have the ability to use basic computer skills
  • Be physically able to lift heavy vehicle parts

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.


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


  • Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES)
  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
  • PA Safety Inspection
  • Emissions
  • Ford ACE
  • OSHA 10
  • S/P2

Tony Gibbons

Automotive Technology Instructor