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Automotive Technology Courses

Automotive Technology

At Automotive Training Center, our goal is to enable graduates to enter the workforce with the proper technical knowledge and experience.

Our Automotive Technology courses are taught both during the day and at night to fit into your busy schedule. Below, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about these courses and what to expect from the Automotive Technology program at ATC, an auto technician and mechanic school with campuses in Exton and Warminster.

Manual Drive Train & Axles

TransmissionWhile many vehicles on the road these days may have automatic transmissions, it’s important to understand manual transmissions and how they operate. That’s what this course will cover, with a focus on:

  • Transaxles
  • Clutches and drivelines
  • Drive-shafts
  • Rear axles
  • Bearings
  • Differentials

Review and practice basic shop safety, learning the basic service bay procedures in the process. Service procedures on all-wheel and 4-wheel drive systems and drivelines will give you a better idea of how a vehicle operates while on the road.


Every car’s brakes are important. After all, they’re the last line of defense when it comes to preventing a collision. At our mechanic school, the Brakes course focuses on the operation, diagnosis, maintenance, service, and repair of all kinds of braking systems:

  • Hydraulic systems
  • Power brake boosters
  • Parking brake systems
  • ABS theory and diagnosis

Review and prepare for the ASE Brakes exam.

Electrical Systems

Electrical SystemsThere are actually a few different courses that fall under this umbrella – Electrical Systems I, Electrical Systems, and Electrical/Electronics II.

The fundamental principles of electricity and electromagnetism as applied to automotive and truck systems will be taught in the Electrical Systems I course, while Electrical Systems coursework focuses on operation, diagnosis, and repair of ignition systems, gauges, engine management, and chassis electrical systems.

Practical shop exercises will provide practice with unique technology and equipment, such as:

  • Oscilloscopes
  • Digital multimeters
  • Graphing meters
  • Distributorless ignition systems

Electrical/Electronics II extends your learning, with a closer look at operation, diagnosis, and repair of modern electrical and electronic systems.

Engine Repair

You aren’t going very far without a properly tuned engine. The principles of operation, design, diagnosis, and repair of the modern internal combustion engine and its related systems will provide a solid understanding of engines and how they function.

Get an introduction to diesel engine operation and gain practical shop experience in the disassembly, measurement, cleaning, and reassembly of all major engine components and sub-systems.

Suspension & Steering

Gain an understanding of the operation, design, diagnosis, and service of modern suspension and steering systems.

Familiarize yourself with a range of suspension and steering equipment, like:

  • Hunter computerized 4-wheel alignment system
  • Hunter TCA34S Leverless Tire Changer
  • TC3500 Tire Changer with Run Flat Technology
  • GSP 9700 Straight Trak LFM Wheel Service System

Safety topics and proper use of shop equipment will provide you with an outline of how to perform various suspension and steering jobs while in the service bay.

Explore the ATC Automotive Technology Program Today!

If you’re looking to learn more about the Automotive Training Center course offerings, visit us for a campus tour. We’ll show you around campus, answer any questions you may have, and assist with any application questions you may have.

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