Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

Finish in Little as 12 Months in Massachusetts and Connecticut

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? The Automotive Technology program at Porter and Chester Institute will prepare you to become a skilled technician in today’s vehicle service industry.

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.

Automotive Technology Program Overview

Our automotive technology training program helps you acquire the skills you need to diagnose, repair, and maintain most car makes and models so you can have a career in this growing field. With automotive training from Porter and Chester Institute, you’ll have the skills necessary to work in several automotive settings such as an independent service center or a car dealership.

The program covers automobile service and repair, so you develop an understanding of the theory and practical applications related to automotive parts, performance, diagnostics, and repair. Instructors emphasize computer-based diagnostic equipment, so you gain experience with modern-day cars, fuel injection, electronic ignition, transmissions, brakes, and suspension.

The program consists of 1200 instruction hours that you can complete in 12 or 18 months. There are three sessions: early-day, mid-day, and evening/afternoon.

Learn Automotive Technology Skills in the Classroom

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.

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.

Hands-On Mechanic Training from ASE Certified Master Technicians

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.

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.

Automotive Training Program Tuition

  • Early-day session: $24,920 total
  • Mid-day session: $22,428 total
  • Evening/afternoon session: $25,980

In addition to the total tuition, each session has a $3,900 student services fee. This fee covers all books, tools, instruments, uniforms, supplies, and other materials.

Automotive Technology Program Career Outcomes

As a graduate of our automotive technology program, you’ll have sufficient knowledge and skill for entry-level employment in a car dealership or repair facility. You may qualify for the following positions:

  • General automotive technician
  • Brake technician
  • Tune-up specialist
  • Engine rebuilder
  • Transmission specialist
  • Parts specialist
  • Service advisor
  • Warrantee claims clerk

The automotive program also prepares you for the Automotive Service Excellence certificate tests.

Automotive Technician 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.

“I was involved with race cars at Connecticut Dragway while I was attending Porter and Chester Institute in 1982. From there, I worked at dealerships and picked up a lot of experience. I had the drive and the commitment to do a better job and to treat people with respect when I decided to go into business on my own. Kris came in and interviewed with us from Porter and Chester and I liked his attitude. He had a very positive work attitude and he continues to show that on a daily basis. We’ve taken him on full time and we’re happy to have him on board. He’s become a good asset to the company.”

Theodore D. Jannetty
Jannetty Racing Enterprises Incorporated