- Develop the skills necessary to perform proper hands-on vehicle repairs.
- Expand your career options by earning your PA Vehicle Safety & Emissions Inspection certifications.
- Maintain, diagnose, analyze, and repair basic-to-advanced automotive systems.
- Learn the 3 “C’s” – Complaint, Cause, and Correction – used in the automotive repair industry.
Job Titles – Career Pathways
41-2022 Parts Salespersons
49-2096 Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles
49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
49-3093 Tire Repairers and Changers
53-6051 Transportation Inspectors
53-7061 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
LOCAL Lube Technician
LOCAL Alignment / Suspension Technician
LOCAL Brake Technician
CTC knowledge transfers to college credits at:
Commonwealth Technical Institute
Community College of Allegheny County
Community College of Philadelphia
Delaware County Community College
Harrisburg Area Community College
Lincoln Technical Institute
Luzerne County Community College
Northampton Community College
Ohio Technical College
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Rosedale Technical College
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
Universal Technical Institute (UTI)
NOCTI – National Occupational Competency Testing Institute Certification
* Automotive Technician – Core
Pennsylvania Vehicle Safety Inspector Certification, Cat I
Pennsylvania Vehicle Safety Inspector Certification, Cat III
Pennsylvania Vehicle Emissions Inspector Certification
OSHA Fire Extinguisher Certification – 29 CFR 1910-157
Valvoline Motor Oil Specialist Certification
S/P2 – Automotive Service Safety & Automotive Service Pollution Prevention
EPA Section 609 Certification for Refrigerant Recycling and Recovery
NATEF – National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
➤ For more detailed information about this program, including the grading policy, task list, etc., please refer to the course syllabus.
Instructor – Mr. Jonathan Gehring
I’ve always enjoyed teaching, presenting, and helping others with something they don’t understand or want to know more about. Upon graduating from high school, I was originally going to pursue the college route to become a math teacher. However, what I really enjoyed doing was working with my hands, problem solving, and working with tools. So I turned my hobby into a living with Ford Motor Company and found my tenure there to be very rewarding. From ambulances to police cars, small sedans to the largest trucks, I did it all.
I want to help other kids pursue the same career and realize that the trades are rewarding even more so now as vehicles become more complex. I look forward to giving back to communities in which I grew up and now live by encouraging my students to pursue their dreams in the trade of automotive technology!
Reading High School (Salutatorian)
Universal Technical Institute
Ford Motor Company Accelerated Credentials Training (FACT)
Ford designated credentials acquired:
- Gasoline engine performance
- Gasoline engine repair
- Electronic systems diagnosis and repair
- Brake systems diagnosis and repair
- Steering and suspension service
- Hybrid vehicle service and repair
2017 Ford Engine Master
2017 Ford Chassis Master
PA State Inspection
PA State Emissions
EPA 609 Refrigerant Handling
I worked at a Ford dealership performing all repairs from simple oil changes to complex internal engine repair. I also had the unique experience of being able to work on a fleet of ambulances and police cars from the Lehigh Valley area. During my time in the field, I achieved Master Technician status with Ford.
Hire Date: 2018
SOAR programs of study prepare today’s student for tomorrow’s high demand and high wage careers.