Automotive Restoration

Tucker parked at campus entry

About this program

Preserve the past using the technology of today in state-of-the-art labs with expert faculty by your side. Our auto restoration program covers everything you need to know to restore vintage vehicles to their former glory. From basic painting and non-structural repairs to advanced woodworking and upholstery installation, students master the art of restorative techniques. Thanks to small class sizes, lots of lab hours, and access to museum-quality vehicles, you’ll leave real-world ready to impress even the most discriminating collectors and museum professionals. 

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You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

Work on Vehicles Built Prior to 1972

Attend High-Profile Events

Earn valuable experience with a paid internship


  • Automotive restoration shops 
  • Custom fabrication shops 
  • Automotive museums 
  • Automotive auction houses 
  • Private vehicle collections 
  • Specialty parts fabrication 
  • Classic vehicle maintenance and repair 

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Automotive History in the 20th Century (RST100)
  • Vintage Automotive Mechanical & Applications I (RST115)
  • Vintage Metal Fabrication & Applications I (RST130)
  • Restoration Directed Elective (RST)
  • Automotive Research & Design (RST120)
  • Vintage Metal Fabrication & Applications II (RST205)
  • Vintage Automotive Final Assembly & Applications (RST215)
  • Introduction to Metallurgy (MSC106)
  • Automotive Restoration Internship (RST150)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • MTH 011-Career Mathematics or Higher (MPE)
  • Communications (ENL010) or
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
Virtual Tour

Collision Repair & Restoration

Take a look inside the expansive collision repair and restoration training grounds at Penn College. See aspiring technicians in action. Hear from passionate faculty with real-world experience. And learn how Wildcats are perfecting their craft one hands-on lesson at a time.

Modern Fully-Equipped Labs

Modern Fully-Equipped Labs

Our expansive 49,000-square-foot lab features three spray booths, six English wheels, a 52-inch sheer, box and pan brake, power hammer, shrinking and stretching equipment, eight frame straightening machines, and two dual-car preparation stations. 

Student Experience

"My time at Penn College was the best time of my life. The quality of the education and of the institution is unmatched in my opinion. These degrees really do work."

Nick Cronin

Dual Degree
Ready to apply? Here's what to do.

Ready to apply? Here's what to do.

On the application, select Collision Repair Technology or Automotive Technology as your intended major. Once you've been accepted, you'll work with your advisor to declare a dual degree in Automotive Restoration Technology. 

Contact the admissions office at or 800.367.9222 with questions.


Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Jan 28

Open House

Friday, January 288:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 5

Open House

Saturday, February 58:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 25

Open House

Friday, February 258:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 19

Open House

Saturday, March 198:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 3

Open House

Sunday, April 38:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 22

Open House

Friday, April 228:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

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Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

RPM Foundation
AACA Museum
Boyertown Museum
Northeast Classic Car Museum
Rolls-Royce Foundation
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Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Penn College Classic Cruisers

Penn College Classic Cruisers

Penn College Classic Cruisers promote interest in and preservation of antique and modified automobiles along with education, good sportsmanship, and fellowship among members. 

Penn College Motorsports Association 

Penn College Motorsports Association 

The club activities offer members exclusive exposure to the racing industry with tours of performance shops and opportunities to test their driving ability by participating in track days, autocross, and other driver skill events. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


Multiyear pact, donation renew Axalta’s support of college

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VW Club adds $2,000 to automotive restoration scholarship

The Harrisburg Area Volkswagen Owners Club has again donated funds toward a scholarship for automotive restoration students at ...


PPG Industries continues long-standing support of students

PPG Industries Inc., a Pennsylvania College of Technology partner for more than 35 years, is continuing its support of student ...

Gain global experience
Study Abroad

Gain global experience

At Penn College, the world is your classroom. Soak in the global experience by taking part in our study abroad program where you’ll study in Italy’s exotic car repair shops. 

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Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Many students have an opportunity to work in award-winning restoration shops across the nation.  

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Restoration Students Skillfully Leave Mark on Automotive History

Restoration Students Skillfully Leave Mark on Automotive History

Penn College students lent a practiced hand to the preservation of the “Tin Goose,” a 1947 precursor to the historically significant Tucker automobile, which was named “Best Post-War Vehicle” at the 2019 Concours d’Elegance in Hershey. Automotive Restoration students and faculty took the same car to the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California in 2018.

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More Information

Students must maintain a 'C' or greater in all RST courses. If a 'D' or lower is earned, the course must be repeated. Students should work closely with their advisers and with the program faculty to ensure that they are meeting all criteria for satisfactory progress in the program.

View general transfer information

View the Automotive Restoration Technology Tool List

You are required to have a uniform and hard-toed shoes for lab classes. It is recommended that you purchase three uniforms.

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. Jeffrey E Bliemeister, Executive Director, AACA Museum
  • Mr. Scott Dorsey, Owner, Silverado Trucks & Accessories
  • Mr. Michael W Engard, Owner, Ragtops & Roadsters Inc.
  • Mr. Dennis Frick, President, Europa Macchina, Inc.
  • Mr. William R Hahn, Owner/Partner/Chief Executive Office, Hahn & Woodward Auto Restoration
  • Mr. Stephen R Hall, Funeral Director, Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Mr. Walter M Higgins, Project Manager, Automotive Restoration, Higgins Restoration
  • Mr. J. Dain King, Retired
  • Mr. Mark H Lizewskie, Executive Director, Rolls-Royce Foundation
  • Mr. Earl Mowrey, Jr., '73, Owner, Mowrey Contractors LLC
  • Mr. Paul J Rose, Owner, Vintage Motorcar Company LLC
  • Mr. Alcides Ruozzi, Co-owner, RB Collection, LLC
  • Mr. Ronald G Smith, '80, Owner, Superior Auto Service Co., Inc.
  • Mr. Edwon B Stroble, Jr., Owner, Stroble & Twigg Auto Restoration
  • Mr. Samuel Troup, Assistant Service Manager, C. J. Pony Parts
  • Ms. Lori Van Houten Frick, Vice President and COO, Europa Macchina, Inc.
  • Mr. Paul A Vorbach, President/CEO, HV3DWorks LLC