Automotive Essentials

Invest in Yourself or Someone Else

The Automotive Essentials course teaches adult learners the basics of automotive systems, maintenance, and repairs in preparation for an entry-level mechanic position.  This course will also prepare adult learners with the knowledge needed to complete state safety and emission certification classes.  These classes  (PA Safety Inspection Certification $180 / PA State Emissions Certification $160 + $39.99 PennDOT Registration).

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to Automotive Brakes
  • Safety (SP2 certifications)
  • Suspension
  • Steering
  • Automotive HVAC
  • Tools (hand, power, precision measuring, lift safety)
  • Basic Engine Theory
  • Basic engine tear down-rebuild Automotive Transmission Theory
  • Basic automotive electrical principles   Emissions Certification class
  • Electrical Systems Theory State Safety Inspection class
  • Engine Performance (Fuel Theory, Air Theory, Ignition Theory, Cooling Theory, Emissions Theory)


  • Hours  88 hours
  • Cost $1,200
  • Acceptable forms of payment
  • Personal Pay: Credit/Debit, Money Order, or Cash
  • Company Pay: Company Credit Card or Company Check


Registration and fee deadline is one week prior to the first class. Individuals are not considered registered with DCTS until payment is made and a completed application is submitted to the Adult & Continuing Education Office.


Tues & Thurs   (88 hrs.)  4:00p – 8:00p

Sept 23 – Dec 9, 2021


  • Space is limited so sign up early to confirm your seat.