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Penn Foster Career School

In a competitive job market, having the right skills is a must! Through Penn Foster's automotive-related programs you can gain the practical skills needed to prepare you for a career in auto and engine repair, small engine repair, diesel mechanics, heavy truck maintenance and motorcycle repair.

Penn Foster's online education programs are designed with busy people in mind, those who know what they want, but are limited in the time they have to attend classes. You can learn the skills you need to pursue a career at home and at your own pace. Although you will be learning at home, instructors, consultants and other staff members can provide online support to help you with your educational needs. You can place a toll-free phone call or send an email whenever you have a question. Penn Foster is both regionally and nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Here are some highlights about Penn Foster's online automotive programs.

Auto Repair Technician (diploma program)

Penn Foster's accredited program is designed to prepare you for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification test. Aspiring auto repair technicians can learn about:

  • Electrical and electronic systems
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
  • Engine performance
  • Brakes, suspension and steering
  • Automatic transmission and transaxles
  • Manual drivetrain and axles
  • Hybrid and fuel cell vehicles components

Diesel Mechanics/ Heavy Truck Maintenance (diploma program)

Interested in the field of diesel mechanics? This Penn Foster program offers coursework in topics such as:

  • Diesel Engine Fundamentals
  • Diesel Fuel Injection Systems
  • Truck Maintenance Fundamentals
  • Electrical Systems
  • Computer Systems
  • Truck Steering, Suspension, Brake and Transmission Systems

After completing the program, you can take the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification Medium-Heavy Truck test.

Motorcycle Repair Technician (diploma program)

Develop your skills in inspections, maintenance, repair and troubleshooting through this self-paced motorcycle repair technician program. Course subjects include:

  • Two-stroke and four-stroke engines
  • Ignition systems
  • Electrical circuits
  • Suspensions
  • Steering

Small Engine Repair (diploma program)

Study the repair of small engines, from lawn mowers to motorboats and recreational vehicles. Penn Foster's Small Engine Repair diploma program can provide you with the skills you need to succeed because employers usually prefer to hire mechanics who have graduated from formal training programs.

Studies focus on:

  • Repairing and troubleshooting engine components and systems
  • Working with engines, ignition systems, and electrical circuits
  • Inspecting and repairing fuel systems
  • Disassembling and rebuilding all forms of small engines, including riding mower, two-stroke, four-stroke, and outboard

Automotive HVAC (certificate program)

Learn about different heating and cooling systems, testing, troubleshooting, servicing and EPA regulations. Students who complete the program can take the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A7 Heating & Air Conditioning certification exam.

Automotive Transmissions (certificate program)

Penn Foster's online certificate program focuses on the essentials of automatic and manual drivetrain transmissions, such as drive shafts, differentials, drive axles, four-wheel drive systems, and drivetrain electrical systems. Students who complete the program can take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A2-A3 Transmission-related certification exams.


Learn Automotive and Engine Repair Online, Penn Foster Career School, https://www.pennfoster.edu/programs-and-degrees/automotive-and-engine-repair/, accessed November 2017