7 Things You'll Learn in the Automotive Technology Program

7 Things You'll Learn in the Automotive Technology Program
7 Things You'll Learn in the Automotive Technology Program

7 Things You'll Learn in the Automotive Technology Program

The Automotive Technology (auto tech) program helps prepare you for a career as an automotive technician. You'll gain the knowledge needed diagnose, repair, and maintain most car makes and models. Learn more about what is included in our automotive technology program at Porter and Chester Institute.

Licenses, Certification, and Credentials

  • ASE Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Certification
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification oriented curriculum

Engine Work

  • Engine Repair
  • Engine Diagnostics
  • Engine Electrical Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Electricity for Engine Performance

Transmission Knowledge

  • Automatic Transmission
  • Manual Transmission


  • Driveline Systems
  • Body Control Systems


  • Shop Management


  • Welding Fundamentals


  • Brakes
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Heating and Air Conditioning

There are other more specific things students will learn in this program, as well, such as:

  • How to diagnose, repair, and maintain most makes and models
  • How to diagnose and repair major vehicle components
  • How to maintain vehicle performance
  • Preparation for working in an independent service and repair center or a new dealership
  • How to interact professionally with customers and other professionals
  • Hybrid vehicle technology

Interested in a Career in Automotive Technology?

The Automotive Technology (auto tech) program at Porter and Chester Institute (PCI) can be completed in 12 months. It is offered in a hybrid learning format at locations in Bridgeport, Hamden, Rocky Hill, and Waterbury, Connecticut and Brockton, Chicopee, and Worcester, Massachusetts. Part of the learning takes place online in an asynchronous format while the other part is completed in on-campus labs. Graduates of the auto tech program receive a diploma. When there is sufficient demand, the program is also offered residentially (on campus) in Waterbury, CT and Worcester, MA.

Within the program, students will learn different skills and requirements needed to excel in the auto tech field after graduation.

To learn more about the Automotive Technology program at PCI go to the program description page for more information. If you're ready to enroll, visit the online application portal.