Porter and Chester Institute (PCI) offers an Automotive Technology (auto tech) program at the Bridgeport, Hamden, Rocky Hill, and Waterbury, Connecticut campuses and the Brockton, Chicopee, and Worcester, Massachusetts campuses. However, the Worcester, Massachusetts campus recently updated its auto tech curriculum to include a wider focus on hybrid and electric vehicles.
The Automotive Technology program takes 12 months to finish and can be completed in two learning formats: hybrid (lecture online and labs on campus) and on-ground (lectures and labs on campus). (Not all learning formats are available at all campuses.) Graduates earn a diploma and can prep for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification tests, as well. Students also have the opportunity to earn the ASE Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Certification.
If you're looking to be a part of the auto tech program at PCI, here are some highlights of the augmented hybrid and electric vehicle curriculum:
- Additional learning on safety, theory, principles, and hands-on activities on hybrid and electric vehicles
- Heavier focus on understanding of electrical circuits, using meters (including new meters such as a milliohm meter and megohm meter), insulation tester and oscilloscope, with an emphasis on interpreting data
- Electric, hybrid and hybrid plug in training vehicles
- More of an understanding of how hybrid and electric vehicles operate and applying basic testing and diagnostic techniques that can be beneficial in a job they may get post-graduation
The Automotive Technology program at the Worcester, Massachusetts campus, with its augmented curriculum, may be a great option for individuals who are looking to work with hybrid and electric vehicles in the auto tech field after graduation. To learn more about the program, such as scheduling, tuition cost, and more, visit the program description page. If you're ready to apply, go to the online application portal to get started.