If you are passionate about cars, take your first step toward a career as an auto mechanic with Penn Foster Career School. 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 Exams
The Penn Foster Career School 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
Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?
Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
Dedicated Success Coaches
You're guided by Certified Instructors, Success Coaches, Teaching Assistants, and Student Support Staff - all working to help you succeed.
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.
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study and exam schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.
With 44,000 graduates in 2017 from our regionally and nationally accredited High School and Career School and nationally accredited College, you're in good hands!
Connect with Other Students
Connect in real-time with other automotive mechanic students as part of the Penn Foster Community.
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.
A Customized Learning Experience
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!
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.
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.
I've been wrenching for 7 years so I'm familiar with cars, just not a lot of the more technical stuff; so when I started the program, everything just started to make sense, and was very easy for me to understand.
Dave G. Auto Repair Technician Graduate
I am very satisfied with the program that I completed at Penn Foster. Penn Foster Career School fulfilled everything they promised me in all aspects of taking this program.
Larry S. Auto Repair Technician Graduate
Penn Foster cares about the student body and they want to see each and every one of us grow and be successful. I am absolutely honored to be a part of an organization like Penn Foster.
Douglas B. Auto Repair Technician Graduate
What Jobs Can I Get as an Auto Repair Technician?
Job opportunities for qualified Auto Repair Technicians are projected to grow 6%¹ over the next ten years as the number of vehicles in use is expected to continue to rise. If you’re interested in a career that allows you to work with your hands and put your skills to use, earning your Auto Repair Technician Career Diploma can help you take the first steps toward the job you want. Auto Repair Technicians can find work at car dealerships, automotive stores, and small local garages or even decide to open their own auto repair shop.
¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, on the Internet here. Statistics found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are based on national data, so job growth in your area may be different.