Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

Get the Skills to Begin a Career in Automotive Technology in as few as 12 Months

Are you looking for hands-on training at an automotive and mechanic school that will help you start a new career as an automotive technician? Our Automotive Technology program can help you acquire the skills you need to diagnose, repair, and maintain most car makes and models. With automotive training from Porter and Chester Institute, you can be prepared to work in several automotive settings such as an independent service center or a car dealership.

Program Details

  • Program offered at: Hamden CT, Rocky Hill CT, Stratford, CT, Waterbury CT and Brockton, MA, Chicopee, MA, Worcester, MA
  • Program length: 12 months
  • Credit Hours: 68
  • Graduates earn a diploma

How/When to Apply

We start new sessions on a regular basis.
Next Start Date: August 16, 2021

At Porter and Chester Institute, we're making it easier than ever for you to enroll using our automated application portal. Upload your documents and start the financial aid process without the hassle of drawn-out application processes. And our admissions staff is still available to help you every step of the way. Taking control of your career just got easier!

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Class Schedule

Day and Evening lab sessions meet Monday through Friday on the following schedule:
Day Session: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Evening Session: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Lab days can be any combination of Monday through Friday, meeting at any time within the time blocks stated. Lab days in certain terms may not need the entire scheduled block of time. A specific lab schedule will be provided to students before the start of each term.

Course Listings

Term 1
Engine Repair 1121
Engine Diagnostics 1122
Engine Electrical Systems 1123
Term 2
Automatic Transmission 1221
Manual Transmission 1222
Driveline Systems 1223
Shop Management 224
Welding Fundamentals 225
Term 3
Electricity for Engine Performance 321
Engine Performance 1322
Body Control Systems 1323
Term 4
Brakes 1421
Suspension and Steering 1422
Heating and Air Conditioning 1423


Tuition Cost: $24,995
Additional Fees: $5,325

Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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Why PCI?

If you’re passionate about cars and looking for an automotive school that will help you reach your career potential, here are some reasons our programs in Connecticut and Massachusetts may be a perfect match!

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Concrete Skills:
You’ll be trained to diagnose and repair all major vehicle components including engines, electronics, fuel and emission systems, transmissions, and body control systems. You’ll also learn how to boost vehicle performance and keep cars in tip-top shape.

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Hands-on Training:
In addition to classroom instruction, you’ll spend a lot of time in our auto shops where you’ll get to work on real cars with real problems. We’ll test your skills with training models, but you’ll also get to work on real vehicles with the wear and tear you’d see in an actual service station. We equip our auto shops with scan tools, computer diagnostic oscilloscopes, emissions diagnostic equipment, computerized alignment machines, brake lathes, valve grinding machinery, wheel balancing equipment, and specialized pneumatic and hand tools.

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Qualified Instructors:
Our instructors are all ASE Certified Master Technicians with years of professional experience. They are knowledgeable on a wide variety of vehicle makes and models. They are also friendly, caring, and committed to your success. They’ll treat you like your employer would, with respect and confidence in your ability to get the job done.

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Job Outlook:
With more than 273 million cars on the road today, there are plenty of cars on the road that could make into your shop. The automotive training you will receive at Porter and Chester Institute will prepare you to work in dealerships, repair facilities and specialty shops. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there were over 770,000 automotive technician jobs in 2018. Expect little to no change through 2028.

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Soft Skills:
In addition to motor vehicle knowledge, you’ll learn auto technician soft skills to interact with customers with professionalism. And we’ll teach you what it means to be a good employee in a real-world setting.