School of Automotive Technology

Exciting Programs in Rewarding Technological Fields

Students enrolled in the School of Automotive Technology are provided with a 21st Century approach to careers in the ever- changing automotive industry. Instruction is taught by highly qualified staff in an expansive state-of- the-art diagnostic automotive lab. Students select Automotive Technology/Service or Collision Repair as their career major.

  • Automotive Paint Preparation Technician
  • Automotive Spray Paint Booth Professional
  • Structural and Non-Structural Repair Technician
  • Repair Estimator
  • Service Manager
  • Job Tracker
  • Department Service Advisor
  • Technicians specialize in Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair, including:
  • Automotive Diagnostics
  • Brake Servicing
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Electrical & Electronics
  • Engine Repair

Working with Advanced Technological Systems
Students utilize state-of-the-art equipment found in major dealerships and repair facilities nationwide. The impressive technological tools include, but are not limited to:

  • Car-o-liner Frame Machine
  • PPG computerized paint mixing system
  • Pathways Estimating System
Auto Technology and Service:
  • Hunter computerized wheel alignment
  • Snap-on Diagnostics
  • Snap-on Rotary Brake Surfacer
  • Robinair R-12 R-134A
  • Air Conditioning Service Station
  • Midtronics Charging System Analyzer
  • AAMCO brake resurfacer
  • Hunter tire machines
  • A-Tech ABS Brake Trainers
  • A-Tech Distributorless Ignition
  • Lighting, Air Bag, and OBD II Power Train Computerized Trainers

National Recognized Certification

  • NATEF:(National Automotive Technician Education Foundation) Reviews, evaluates and then certifies all PCTI’s Automotive and Collision Repair Programs.
  • ASE: (Automotive Service Excellence). Based on NATEF evaluation, ASE Education Foundation accredits programs. This certification carries with it strict industry standards.
  • AYES: (Automotive Youth Education- al Systems) Students who excel in PCTI’s School of Automotive Technology are provided the opportunity to participate in AYES. This program allows students to participate in AYES dealer-sponsored apprenticeships at professional dealerships and auto centers.

School of Automotive Technology Curriculum

Automotive Technology 
Collision Repair 
Automotive Service

Students select one of the above as a career path major

9th Grade
Automotive Technology Level I

English I
Algebra I
Geophysical Science
World History
World Language I
Physical Education/Health

10th Grade
Automotive Technology Level II

English II
Biology, Applied Physics or Environmental Science
World Language II
Physical Education

11th Grade
Automotive Technology Level III

English III
Algebra II
Science Elective
U.S. History I
Physical Education/Health III
AYES Summer Internship Option

12th Grade
Automotive Technology Level IV

English IV
U.S. History II
Physical Education/Health

NOTE: The academic component is taught by highly qualified and dedicated professionals. All PCTI School of Automotive Technology instructors have real-world experience and are qualified ASE certified mechanics or master mechanics.


“College Connection Program” Earning College Credits in High School
Want to earn college credits before graduating high school? At PCTI you have the opportunity to do just that! Nearly 2 dozen college courses . . . some specific to career majors and others open to all PCTI students . . are offered in affiliations with area colleges and universities!

Important Licensure Opportunities
After completing one year in the industry, Automotive Technology graduates are eligible to take the ASE licensing examination. Likewise, collision repair graduates are eligible to take the SEM sponsored testing for Plastic Paint Repair certification.

School-to-Careers Experience
PCTI maintains a very strong and supportive School-to-Careers program, offering 9th, 10th and 11th graders the opportunity to “job shadow,” and 11th & 12th graders the chance to put their skills to work at a paid position in the workplace. Hundreds of students participate and hundreds of business leaders support our efforts by employing our students.

Internships and School to Career Opportunities
As juniors, Automotive Technology students have the opportunity to participate in the AYES Summer Internship Program. During their senior year, students have the opportunity to participate in PCTI’s School to Careers program in major dealerships and repair facilities throughout the area. As a result, they gain invaluable hands-on experience in the automotive industry via paid internships.

Awards and Honors
Outstanding Competition Results

  • Gold & Silver Winner - SkillsUSA Competition
  • The automotive program captured 2nd Place in the Ford AAA State Competition
  • PCTI’s automotive exhibit won the Award of Excellence at the state NJSBA Fall Conference
  • Two Non-Traditional Awards Honoring “Outstanding Female Students” via The Equity Hall of Fame