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Automotive Transmissions Essentials Certificate

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Program Overview

Improve your technical skills and knowledge with Penn Foster Career School’s Automotive Transmissions Essentials certificate program. This online certificate program can help you prepare for industry certification and enhance your skills for employment in a garage, dealership, auto supply store, or public transportation. With Penn Foster Career School, you train at home and at a pace that's right for you. You’ll learn about the essential theory of manual drive trains and automatic transmission systems, and then practice what you’ve learned by completing practical exercises. And, you can complete this program in just two months.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To enhance skills for employment in the automotive field in the area of automotive transmissions, including manual and automatic transmission systems.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the purpose of the major components in an automobile's drivetrain
  • Describe the components and operation of the clutch assembly
  • Identify common clutch problems, and describe how to remove and service the clutch assembly
  • Name and describe the components and operation of manual and automatic transmissions
  • Describe how to diagnose, troubleshoot, and perform routine transmission procedures, including removing, servicing, and replacing a transmission
  • Name and describe the components and operation of front-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive vehicles, including drive shafts, differentials, and drive axles
  • Identify the components and operation of 4WD and AWD systems, including the procedures necessary to diagnose and service those systems
  • Describe basic electrical circuits, circuit components, and electrical measuring and test equipment
  • Describe the procedures to troubleshoot and diagnose specific manufacturers' electronic transmission control systems
  • Identify and describe the components and operation of various manufacturers' transmissions and describe the disassembly and reassembly procedures for typical transmissions and transaxles for each manufacturer
  • List the various hand tools and specialized tools used when working with automotive systems

Course 1

AT015 Manual Drivetrain and Axles


  • Explain the operation of a manual transmission or transaxle clutch system.
  • Describe the diagnosis and service of the clutch, flywheel, and control mechanisms.
  • Explain the operation, diagnosis, and service of a manual transmission and transaxle.
  • Discuss the operation, diagnosis, and service of driveshafts, U-joints, constant velocity (CV) joints, and differentials in the final drive.
  • Describe the operation of four-wheel drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) systems.
  • Explain the diagnosis and service of the transfer case, hubs, and control system.
Additional Course Materials

Textbook: Automotive Technology, 5th Edition

Course 2

AT020 Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles


  • Explain the operation of an automatic transmission and transaxle system, as well as that of the mechanical and hydraulic components.
  • Describe the diagnosis and service of an automatic transmission and transaxle system.
  • Explain the disassembly and overhaul of an automatic transmission and transaxle, including subcomponents and measurements.
Additional Course Materials

Textbook: Automotive Technology, 5th Edition

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

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Sample Lesson

To view an Automotive Transmissions Essentials sample lesson, click here.

Automotive Transmissions Essentials Program Details

In the Automotive Transmissions Essentials online certificate program, you’ll study topics such as:

ASE Certification Preparation

There is no direct certification as a result of this program but this program will help to prepare students to sit for the ASE A2-A3 Transmission-related certification exams.

State Licensing Information

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

Online Automotive Transmission Certificate

The Automotive Transmissions Essentials Certificate provides training on manual and automatic transmissions. This is a great option if you already have experience in automotive repair basics and want to improve your transmission repair skills. Here are a few qualities that effective auto repair technicians have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Problem solving: Finding the missing piece can be challenging and rewarding.
  • Persistent: You work until the job is done and done well.
  • Honest: You are ethical in your work for customers.

Penn Foster is a great way to get ahead in a career and the way the program was set up, even the busiest person can get through it. I'm so glad I found Penn Foster.

- Guiseppe S., Penn Foster Graduate

My overall experience with Penn Foster was great. You are allowed to go at your own speed, and the school gives encouragement to keep you going. I would recommend Penn Foster.

- James R., Penn Foster Graduate

I would encourage everyone to take a program through Penn Foster. I took my program hoping to learn a little bit, but I learned a lot!! I see myself taking more programs in the future!

- Donna L., Penn Foster Graduate

Your program includes:

  • Books and learning aids
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Automotive Transmissions Essentials Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does the Penn Foster Career School Automotive Transmissions Essentials Certificate Program help to prepare students for any of ASE certification exams?

Yes. The program helps to prepare students to sit for the ASE A2 — Automatic Transmission/Transaxle and A3 — Manual Drive Train & Axles certification exams.

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The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

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