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Performance Engine and Suspension Tuning

Automotive technician student working on a vehicleWhen it comes to car mechanics, there are a variety of job functions and specialties. High-performance auto technicians are an enthusiastic subset of people who work in this field. For these technicians, adjusting cars and trucks for optimal engine function and speed can become an all-consuming passion. Drivers from all walks of life, from luxury car owners to build-your-own, want cars with extra efficiency and response. In addition, those drivers and teams who race cars, whether stock and sports cars, drag, off-road, touring, or rallies, demand technicians who can help them impress racing peers, as well as win competitions.

Get on the fast track for a career you will love with vocational school automotive programs at Pennco Tech. We have two campus locations in Blackwood, NJ, and Bristol, PA.

What Do High-Performance Auto Technicians Do?

When customers and employers are looking for high performance, auto technicians may analyze and work on many different aspects of the vehicle. This includes the engine, transmission, brakes, and electrical systems, as well as bodywork and mechanical performance. It’s not just about how well the engine performs when operating at speed, or even how quickly it gets up to speed, but also how the car handles. Auto technicians work with suspension tuning to govern how the vehicle drives in different weather and road conditions or on any racing course. The ease with which the driver can turn the car and how well it rides when accelerating or slowing are also aspects of this highly skilled tuning.

The work of high-performance auto technicians is based on a thorough understanding of automobile engineering. Their work often includes disassembling and reassembling various vehicle parts. They utilize diagnostics to identify problems, whether mechanical, electrical, or concerning fuel combustion and exhaust. These advanced automotive technicians learn how to design, machine, and build engines. They can determine whether improvements to individual parts are warranted or if the parts can be modified.

Students at Pennco Tech have the opportunity to learn about the theory and practice behind making repairs and improvements to both regular gasoline and diesel technology vehicles. Through our Automotive Technology program, they gain facility with a variety of physical and diagnostic tools, as well as the mechanics and computerized aspects of modern engines, including hybrid technology. And in our Collision Repair program, students become familiar with manipulating and repairing the outside structure of vehicles, including welding, painting, metal finishing, and frame analysis. The training at Pennco Tech can lay the groundwork for further training to become a high-performance auto technician.

Career Path Options for High-Performance Auto Technicians

After completing trade school programs in automotive technician training, new auto technicians may potentially start working at entry-level jobs throughout the industry. Both national employers and those in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are hiring Pennco Tech graduates. An average salary can be as high as $48,620. By gaining skills and experience on the job, and working in a variety of roles, new graduates can advance their diagnostic and repair capabilities.

Automotive engine technicians who are interested in high-performing vehicles, whether for personal use or racing, will naturally focus their attention on learning more about suspension tuning and high performance. These mechanics can develop skills, knowledge, and experience of value to employers and teams who need high-performance, automotive technicians. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, median wages in the spectator sports industry for service technicians, mechanics, mechanical engineers, and first-line managers of these occupations ranged from $51,160 to $78,320 per year.

A Solid Auto Technician Program Prepares You for Advancement

At Pennco Tech, our automotive program students can master their trade with a high-quality curriculum, new tools, and hands-on training from industry professionals. With our rolling admissions process, students can start as soon as the next term for the program flips. For the automotive program, terms generally begin every 3 months.

Full-time attendance is 34 hours per week, and part-time attendance is 23 hours per week. By attending full-time, our Automotive Technician, Diesel Technology can be completed in 52 weeks. The collision repair program can be completed in 26 weeks with full-time attendance.

After completing vocational training school programs in automotive technology, new mechanics usually need only one year of work experience to qualify for certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Many employers require this certification. The exams are offered in nine specialties, including manual drive trains and axles, engine performance, and electrical/electronic systems. With certification, interested automotive technicians are more qualified to pursue careers in the art and science of high-performance and suspension tuning.

Train for Success in Automotive Programs at Pennco Tech

Pennco Tech is the most affordably priced trade school in the region of Blackwood, NJ, and Bristol, PA. We are proud of our diverse student body, promoting a Girl Power at Pennco Tech initiative and a military-friendly school environment with programs for veterans and active duty members. We also encourage high school seniors to apply. Contact us for more information today.

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