Program Goals and Outcomes

Automotive Transmission School Goals and Outcomes

Intended for students who already have a background in auto repair, Penn Foster Career School's Automotive Transmissions online classes are designed to help you further your knowledge in the field to advance your career.

Automotive Transmission Essentials

Certificate 1 month Total cost $399
1-800-275-4410 (9AM - 9PM EST)

Program Goal

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

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

  • Recognize the proper procedures for ensuring safety, including how to handle safety hazards and use safety equipment
  • 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

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Full Program Overview


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.