Training Innovation: Setting Philadelphia City's Youth on Technology Track to Success

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PAT is Changing the Lives of Our Philadelphia City Youth and Answering the Call for Skilled Auto Technicians.

After the first week, students become confident and increasingly proficient in their work - Sherman McLeod.

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Motivated by staggering unemployment statistics, local businessman Sherman McLeod of Philadelphia Automotive Training (PAT) has expanded his offering and opened his doors for hands-on training in automotive technology and repair with a mission of reaching out to local Philadelphia youth who are ready for high tech careers in auto cars and light truck repairs. Using his eighteen year, international experience as an engineer and owner of the one of the city’s largest independent repair shops, Mr. McLeod established a modern educational facility offering a ten week training program to participants. In ten (10) weeks, Philadelphia Automotive Training employs a skilled staff of ASE Certified Technicians, businessmen and women who train and mentor participants in automotive repair, PA State & Enhanced Emission Inspections, diagnosis, electronics, alignments, brakes, exhaust systems, and many other repairs in a hands-on format.

Hands-on Automotive Mechanics are in high demand across the city and PAT is working to fill this gap. PAT's Automotive Technicians are trained to work on 80 percent of all car and light truck repairs once they complete the innovative ten (10) week training course. This will allow automotive repair centers and employees a win-win opportunity. Once employed within a company, students will be highly productive on the very first day at work because of the company’s new hands-on learning format. "Our mission is real world and work ready training to get our youth employed," said Sherman McLeod.

Qualifications for entrance: High School Diploma or GED, a straight forward aptitude assessment, reading assessment, and drivers license. Students will embark upon a ten week diploma program that begins with a comprehensive curriculum which includes technical hands on training, incorporates safety and customer service skills and ends with resume writing, interviewing skills and includes $2,500 in tools.

After completing the State-of-the-Art training, receiving their diplomas and obtaining their tools, Students then go on to work in major companies like Pep Boys, Goodyear, Firestone, KIA, Mercedes, and others to work in challenging careers.

Call 215-381-9403 and ask for Christina Brown or Coleen Campbell of Philadelphia Automotive Training or visit

PAT is a Post Secondary School, Licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education Private Licensed Schools. PAT also offers a ten (10) week hands-on training diploma program in Manufacturing & Automation Technology which trains students in robotics, electronics, process controls, programmable logic controls, high speed vision systems, GMPs, and ISO and much more for industries such as energy, pharmaceuticals, green technology, food & beverage for examples.


Christina Brown
Coleen Campbell
Philadelphia Automotive Training
7446 D Ogontz Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa 19138

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