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Automotive Technician School

If you are passionate about cars, take your first step toward a career as an auto mechanic with Penn Foster College. You'll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work in settings like repair shops, car dealerships, or even your own garage. With our online Auto Repair Technician program, you learn at your own pace, on your own time - at an affordable price!

Prepare to Take the ASE Certification Exam​s

The Penn Foster College Automotive Repair Technician Program was developed by Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Technicians and leading experts in the field of automotive technology. You'll learn relevant skills and study the subjects that can help prepare you for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence Certification exams. The average annual salary for an automotive technician is $38,470.¹

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Students enrolled in the Auto Repair Tech Career Diploma Program are eligible for discounted rates on online how-to videos from the Classic Car Restoration Club.
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Connect in real-time with other automotive mechanic students as part of the​ Penn Foster Community.

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Auto Repair Work Experience Option

Upon completion of your Auto Repair Technician program, the self-arranged Work Experience Option allows you to seek out and gain experience as an automotive mechanic with an employer near you. Though this is not required for program completion, this optional exercise allows you to gain practical, hands-on experience in a real-world work environment.

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With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, informative videos, and personal coaches to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.

Developed by ASE Master Technicians

Your curriculum is structured to help you prepare for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification Tests. Course material covers engine repair, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, and electrical/electronic systems.

In addition, graduates of the program can receive up to two ASE Certification Practice test vouchers — so you can practice for your exam at no cost!
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Snap-on Student Excellence Program.

Snap-on Tools Student Discount

Students enrolled in the Auto Repair Technician program are eligible to participate in the Snap-on Student Excellence Program. This program allows students in trades and technology education programs to purchase high-quality Snap-on tools at a preferred student discount.

Important State Requirements: Be sure to check here for the requirements in your state.

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Auto Repair Program Tuition

With our flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your online Auto Repair Technician training today. What's more, a Penn Foster graduate, you will receive up to two ASE Certification practice test vouchers so you can feel confident about what you’ve learned before taking the actual exam.
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Auto Repair Technician

Job opportunities for qualified Auto Repair Technicians are projected to grow 65% over the next ten years as the number of vehicles in use is expected to rise. Join the 83% of Penn Foster Auto Repair alumni who say that their career has improved since graduation and take the first steps toward an entry level position in a job you love. If you’re interested in a career that allows you to work with your hands and put your mechanical skills to use, earning your Auto Repair Technician Career Diploma online, around your schedule, can help you prepare for work at car dealerships, automotive stores, and local garages.

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Q. What does an Automotive Repair Technician do?

A. Automotive repair technicians, also called automotive service technicians or mechanics inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks for individual clients or businesses. Besides having to understand traditional mechanical systems such as engines, transmissions, and more, technicians are now expected to also be familiar with computer and electronic components of more modern vehicles.

Q. How much does an Auto Repair Technician make?

A. The average salary for a trained automotive service technician was $40,710 in 2018,¹ though the amount can vary based on state, whether you’re employed in a small shop or a dealership, and other factors.

Q. What is the current job outlook for Auto Repair Technicians?

A. The number of vehicles used in the United States is expected to continue to rise, meaning experienced and trained auto repair techs and mechanics will be needed to perform basic maintenance and repair regularly. Job opportunities for qualified applicants in the next ten years should be very good, with continued job openings in independent repair shops and auto dealerships.

Q. What is a sample job description of an Auto Repair Technician?

A. An example of a general post for an open auto repair position will describe the day-to-day work you’re expected to complete, from troubleshooting vehicle issues, diagnosing and repairing issues, and providing estimates of costs for repair to clients. Additionally, technicians should have strong customer service skills to effectively work with shop or dealership clients.

Q. How long does it take to become an Auto Repair Technician?

A. With a comprehensive, online auto repair technician program, you can study to become a mechanic in as little as six months. After completing academic work, graduates can then prepare to sit for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams to round out their resume.

Q. How do I become a Certified ASE Auto Repair Technician?

A. There are several different ASE certifications repair technicians can sit for, so choosing the right one for you is the first step. To be eligible to sit for certification, students often need to complete a training program at a school, followed by on-the-job work experience. Once you’ve passed your exam and completed the work experience requirement, you’ll be a certified auto repair technician.

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