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Career Diploma - Auto Repair Technician

Penn Foster's online Auto Repair Technician Career Diploma program offers students the opportunity to learn about vehicle systems maintenance and repair in order to prepare for entry-level positions. Read more about the Auto Repair Technician Career Diploma here.

Official Program Name:

Auto Repair Technician Career Diploma

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster College

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

The online Auto Repair Technician Career Diploma program offered by Penn Foster College is designed to provide students with knowledge of how to troubleshoot and repair major automotive systems when issues arise. Students have the opportunity to learn how to remove an engine and rebuild it while also learning how to inspect the brake, steering, and suspension systems, among others. During this training, students can also learn to follow safety procedures within a workshop, identify appropriate tools for specific jobs, and explain how to use vehicle computer systems for diagnostics and repair. Students can also gain an understanding of what steps are needed to obtain certification in the auto repair industry and participate in an optional work experience once program coursework is completed.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster College:

Students in this program can access Classic Car Restoration Club's online how-to videos for a discounted price in order to supplement their learning at Penn Foster. They might also buy Snap-on tools at a discount through the Snap-on Student Excellence Program. Textbooks and a digital multimeter are included with tuition. An online library, career guidance, access to student services via e-mail, phone, and message board, and an online community are also offered.

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Financial Aid Available:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments.

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Required Courses for the Auto Repair Technician Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster College to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Starting Your Program
  • Introduction to Auto Repair
  • Automotive Engines: Lower-End Assembly
  • Automotive Engines: Upper-End Assembly
  • Automotive Safety, Tools, and Equipment
  • Preventative Maintenance and Service Procedures
  • Scientific Principles and Math
  • Engine Repair
  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  • Engine Performance
  • Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles
  • Brakes
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Manual Drivetrain Axles
  • Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

After graduating with an Auto Repair Technician Career Diploma from Penn Foster, students could be equipped with an understanding of the processes behind engine functionality, repair, and maintenance. Graduates may enter the automotive repair field in an entry-level position with auto dealerships and repair shops following graduation.

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