Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center

Intergenerational Automotive Repair Technology

The Automotive Repair Technology program offers theory and practical applications relative to the diagnosis, adjustment, and repair of automobiles and other motor vehicles. The curriculum includes a complete range of training in the repair of gasoline engines, clutches, transmissions, differentials, front axle and wheel suspension, front end alignment, steering mechanisms, brakes, engine performance, fuel, exhaust, and electrical systems. We emphasize troubleshooting, engine tune-ups, and engine overhauls, including the replacement of rings, bearings, valves, gaskets, and other worn parts. Such repairs and operations require an understanding of mechanical theories.

Class notes, repair manuals, textbooks, and computer skills are important support components of this program. We prepare graduates for entry-level employment as technicians in automobile dealerships, national chain automotive repair shops and centers. The Automotive Repair Technology program lab is ASE approved. Upon completion of the program, graduates earn a diploma, and those who qualify will receive a Pennsylvania state inspection license and an OSHA 10 General industry card. 

Areas of Training

In an effort to stay current with changes and trends in the industry, the program curriculum may change during the program year and will include general training in:

  • Safety
  • Tool identification and usage
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Suspension systems and alignment
  • steering systems
  • Conventional and anti-lock braking systems
  • Automatic and manual transmissions
  • Drivelines, differentials, and axles
  • Engine mechanical and performance fuel delivery system
  • Exhaust systems
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems
  • Electrical systems diagnosis and repairs

Take the Next Step

We’re thrilled that you’ve decided to learn more about enrolling in our program! Please follow these steps to apply:

  1. Call the adult education office at 814) 266-6073, ext. 201 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to schedule a tour and/or make a registration interview appointment.
  2. You must have a high school diploma or GED.
  3. Be prepared to bring the $100 registration fee with you. You must pay this non-refundable fee before your register, as it secures your seat in class. We will deduct the $100 from your tuition once you begin your program.
  4. During the interview, a GJCTC adult education career will review school policies and procedures along with any entrance requirements you must complete. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the program and/or the school.
  5. After your interview, you should begin the application process for financial aid (if applicable).
  6. Once you meet all the requirements, you will receive a letter of acceptance from the supervisor of adult education.