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How Long Does It Take to Become an Auto Technician?

September 12th, 2022

Vocational school student learns to repair engineDoes the thought of becoming an automotive technician appeal to you? You might be surprised by the reasonable length of time required to complete the outstanding automotive programs at Pennco Tech. There are programs at both campuses, in Blackwood, NJ, and Bristol, PA. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects demand for automotive technicians is likely to hold steady through 2030, forecasting about 69,000 openings per year. This may be the right time to take a closer look at what it takes to finish automotive technician training.

Program Length for Automotive Technician Training at Pennco Tech

Full-time students at Pennco Tech can complete our programs in 52 weeks or less. There are also part-time options in some programs. Plus, you can choose daytime or evening classes to better accommodate your current job or family obligations.

Our students receive automotive technician training that is both affordable and hands-on. The experienced, knowledgeable instructors in our mechanic programs offer their time and personal attention to every student. We want you to learn important basics and develop excellent skills, so you can work in your field of choice. With multiple start dates, students can apply and enroll in our mechanic school throughout the year.

Graduates of these programs earn a certificate when attending classes at the Blackwood, NJ, campus, while completion of the programs at the Bristol, PA, campus earns students an associate’s degree. Here is some more important information:

Duration and Location of Automotive Technician Training Programs

These automotive programs are available at Pennco Tech:

  • Automotive Technology – 52 weeks. Students can attend part-time, 12 hours per week, or full-time, 34 hours per week. Automotive Technology is offered on both campuses.
  • Collision Repair School – 26 weeks. Students can attend part-time, 12 hours per week, or full-time, 34 hours per week. This program is offered on both campuses.
  • Diesel Technology – 52 weeks. This program is full-time, 34 hours per week. Diesel Technology is offered at the Blackwood, NJ, campus.

What Kinds of Students Train at Pennco Tech?

We are proud to report that we welcome people from diverse backgrounds and previous career paths at Pennco Tech. While mechanics have been mostly men and boys in the past, that is no longer the case. Our girl power at Pennco Tech initiative honors this fact by encouraging women and girls to join these high-demand trade careers. In addition, we provide a military-friendly setting for veterans who want to advance or change their career focus. And high school seniors are increasingly taking advantage of our classes and programs, including an offer of $1,000 in scholarship funds if you apply in the same calendar year you graduated high school.

Our Automotive Technician Training Prepares You for Success

When deciding to pursue a trade career such as automotive technician training, you want quality instruction, a technologically up-to-date curriculum, and access to the best tools. At Pennco Tech, students in our automotive programs gain experience practicing the skills of the trade every day in class. They also learn about electronics and the digital technology that is so integral to the automotive industry today. We focus on teaching modern repair techniques and new technologies, such as electric vehicles. These programs emphasize leadership skills and life-long learning so our students can grow and advance in their careers.

Successful Job Placement for Automotive Technicians at Pennco Tech

Once you have the training, it’s time to get the job you want. At Pennco Tech, the career services department is committed to serving students, graduates, and alumni. Offering a network of employers and other resources, they help students with resumes and cover letters, coaching for interviews, and even providing interview clothing from our stock of donations. Students can also take advantage of job fairs and potential employer visits to campus. Career services sponsor professional development workshops to help you advance in your chosen trade career.

Invest in Yourself at Pennco Tech

Many students at Pennco Tech receive financial aid, and there are several programs available for eligible students. Discover more about this opportunity to become trained in a high-demand trade career. Explore automotive technician training in Pennsylvania and New Jersey at Pennco Tech— contact us for more information.

‘I got it!!!!!I got it!’, Anthony said as he raced into the Career Services Office. He was talking about his new job. Hired by a former graduate of Pennco Tech, Anthony will begin his new career with a two-day OSHA training course.

Anthony Z. - Air Conditioning/Heating Graduate

I enjoyed all my teachers. They made it interesting and challenging. I enjoyed going back to school at the age of 48! Career Services was a big help to me. Danielle was great. She helped me with my resume and showed me how to apply. I got the job with Dietz and Watson! Pennco Tech was the right choice for me as I get ready to start my career.

Mark E. - Electrician Graduate

I just wanted to say thank you again for all your help…I just got a full time job at Kennedy Healthcare in Stratford, NJ as a Patient Services Representative. Thank you again.

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