High School with Automotive Career Pathway

High School Auto Mechanic Courses

Automotive repair technicians evaluate vehicles for problems, make repairs, and help car and truck owners maintain their vehicles. If you’re interested in pursuing a career as an auto mechanic after graduating from high school, our online automotive high school pathway program can help you begin to prepare for a job in the automotive field while you complete your standard courses. You’ll complete your online high school core classes, like English, science, and math, then take five career-focused electives in high school auto shop and repair. Your high school auto mechanic courses are transferable to Penn Foster’s Automotive Repair Technician Career Diploma Program, which can give you a head start on your mechanic training.

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Automotive Career Pathways Courses

General High School Courses

Orientation (Select two of the following courses.)





Social Studies

Health & Physical Education

Electives: Vocational

Electives: Academic/College Preparation

Electives: General

  • Technology Requirements - As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® Sierra Version 11.2 or later, access to a word processing program to complete written assignments, and an email account to complete this program with Penn Foster.

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Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Depending on experience, credentials, and your employer, you can potentially earn a great starting salary as an auto repair tech. With more people than ever relying on their vehicles in everyday life, there are many job opportunities for trained, dedicated auto repair technicians.





State Licensing

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in automotive repair are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Related Career Pathways


How to become a mechanic after high school?

Auto mechanics generally need some post-secondary education and on-the-job training after graduating high school. With Penn Foster’s High School with Career Pathways in Auto Mechanic Courses, you’ll finish your high school coursework and then learn auto repair basics in five career-focused elective classes. These electives can help you get a head start on preparing for a job as a mechanic, and classes can transfer to our online Auto Repair Training Program.


What education does an auto mechanic need?

Auto mechanics should have completed a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as a relevant post-secondary training program or vocational course. Additionally, once employed, most employers require their mechanics to become certified by sitting for one or more of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams.


What are the duties and responsibilities of a mechanic?

Mechanics and automotive service technicians inspect, repair, and maintain cars and light trucks. On a daily basis, mechanics will be responsible for diagnosing mechanical or computer issues in client vehicles, repair or replace auto parts, and communicating problems and solutions to clients.


Are auto mechanics in high demand?

Almost every person relies on a vehicle to get to work, the grocery store, and more. Mechanics play a vital role in servicing and maintaining vehicles for these clients. With more people than ever owning a car or truck, auto repair technicians can expect to find a variety of job opportunities in their area.

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