Automotive Technology - Worcester

Automotive Technology - Worcester

Electric news! Porter and Chester Institute's Automotive Technology program at our campus in Worcester, MA has added Hybrid and Electric vehicle training to the curriculum.

Our 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 in as few as 12 months!

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Fast Facts

  • Hybrid and Electrical vehicle training at our Worcester, MA campus
  • Hybrid* Program – Lecture online, Labs on campus
    *Hybrid (day and evening) and residential (on campus) options offered at Worcester campus
  • Graduates earn a diploma
  • Program Length: 12 months
  • Total cost $30,295 (Includes: Tuition, tool kit, electronic device, eBooks/books, materials, uniforms, and student fees)
  • Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Our team will work with you to determine what you’re eligible for and how to pay for school.

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LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, CREDENTIALS

The program helps prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification tests and graduates may choose to become certified once the tests are passed and the ASE work experience requirements are met. Students have the opportunity to earn ASE Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Certification.

How/When to Apply

We start new sessions on a regular basis.
Next Start Date: August 15, 2022

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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Delivery of Hybrid Instruction

On Campus Labs

  • Campus Lab Hours Day Program: 9am – 3pm
  • 2-3 Lab sessions per week, based on course needs
  • Campus Lab Hours Evening Program: 5pm – 9pm
  • 2-3 Lab sessions per week, based on course needs

Online Learning

  • Students will need approximately 30 hours per week for instruction, activities, labs, reading assignments, and homework
  • All materials are accessible in an asynchronous format 24 hours a day/7 days a week

Classes in the residential option meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at select campuses only.

Is a Career as an Automotive Technician Right for You?

Take the "PCI Automotive Technician Career Training Readiness Quiz"

The fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for.
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Course Listings

Engine Repair
Engine Diagnostic
Shop Management
Heating
Engine Electrical Systems
Body Control Systems
Air Conditioning
Electricity for Engine Performance
Engine Performance
Brakes
Suspension and Steering
Welding Fundamentals
Manual Transmissions
Automatic Transmissions
Driveline Systems

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How Can I Afford It?

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Our team of Educational Funding Specialists will work with you to determine what you’re eligible for and how to pay for school.

There are federal, institutional and private programs that can make your career training more affordable, as well as grant and scholarship opportunities that may be available to you.

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Will I Get A Job?

While employment is not guaranteed, our Career Service Advisors are dedicated to helping you find the right job for you! We'll help you with your job search, and also with resume and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills.

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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 online 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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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 700,000 automotive technician jobs in 2020. Expect little to no change through 2030.

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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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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.