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Limited Entry
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2014-2015*

*Information regarding the requirements for this Limited Entry program is available by accessing the Admission Requirements page.

MHCC Faculty Adviser
Jerry Lyons: 503-491-7203 - Room IT 35

The Automotive Student Service Educational Training program (ASSET) provides students with a possibility to earn income while being trained as service technicians for Ford Motor Company’s current and future vehicles. Designed as a two-year automotive curriculum to develop the technical competency and professional level of the incoming dealership technician, ASSET is an instructional experience with training taking place at both Mt. Hood Community College and at sponsoring Ford and Lincoln dealerships. The curriculum was developed by MHCC in conjunction with Ford Motor Company, and leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology from MHCC and factory training credit awarded by Ford.

Aimed at men and women who have a career interest in the automotive industry, ASSET demands a commitment to both work and study for a two-year period, and could include fall, winter, spring and summer terms both years.

The Ford ASSET Student

Ford Motor Company sees the students in ASSET programs across the nation as its “service technicians of the future.” The finest technical schools have been selected as program sites, and all instructional facilities are equipped with the most up-to-date and professional equipment available. ASSET students have not only the assurance that a major corporation is placing stock in them by their selection for training, but may also have employment options for the future. Acceptance into the Ford ASSET program means learning from Ford-certified instructors.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe shop practices and hazardous material handling
  • Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems as to NATEF Standard
  • Diagnose and repair automotive engine performance systems as to NATEF Standard
  • Diagnose and repair automotive emission systems as to NATEF Standard
  • Diagnose and repair automotive internal combustion engine systems as to NATEF Standard
  • Diagnose and repair automotive automatic transmission and transaxles systems as to NATEF Standard
  • Diagnose and repair automotive manual drive train and axles systems as to NATEF Standard
  • Diagnose and repair automotive brakes systems as to NATEF Standard
  • Diagnose and repair automotive steering and suspension systems as to NATEF Standard
  • Diagnose and repair automotive heating and air conditioning systems as to NATEF Standard
  • Perform minor vehicle services.

The Sponsoring FORD ASSET Dealer

Ford and Lincoln dealerships will screen qualified ASSET applicants and select those they wish to sponsor. Once a student has been selected, he or she will begin working at the dealership based on available student training positions1.

Admission is based on meeting application deadlines and satisfactory completion of criteria. All criteria are described in the application packet. Application packets are available on our website at This program is offered once every two years and will begin again, fall 2013. Once you have read the application packet, if you have questions, please call 503-491-7256 or 503-491-7203.

First Quarter (Fall 2013) Cr
AMF110 Internal Combustion Engine Theory 4
AMF111 Internal Combustion Engine Lab 2
AMF118 Electrical Systems Theory 4
AMF119 Electrical Systems Lab 2
AMF120 Minor Vehicle Services 2
MTH060 Beginning Algebra I2 4

Second Quarter (Winter 2014)
AMF281 Automotive Dealership Experience I 1 6
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)3, 4 4

Third Quarter (Spring 2014)
AMF132 Automotive Electronics I Theory 4
AMF133 Automotive Electronics I Lab 1
AMF136 Brake Systems Theory 3
AMF137 Brake Systems Lab 1
AMF170 Automotive Project I 1
AMF216 Engine Performance I Theory 4
AMF217 Engine Performance I Lab 2
WR101 Workplace Communications I or
English Composition

Fourth Quarter (Summer 2014)
AMF282 Automotive Dealership Experience 21 6

Fifth Quarter (Fall 2014)
AMF251 Engine Performance II Theory 4
AMF252 Engine Performance II Lab 3
AMF253 Steering and Suspension Theory 3
AMF254 Steering and Suspension Lab 1
AMF256 Heating and Air Conditioning Theory 3
AMF257 Heating and Air Conditioning Lab 1
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 3

Sixth Quarter (Winter 2015)
AMF283 Automotive Dealership Experience 31 6

Seventh Quarter (Spring 2015)
AMF152 Automatic Transmission Theory 4
AMF153 Automatic Transmission Lab 3
AMF156 Power Train Theory 3
AMF157 Power Train Lab 1
AMF258 Automotive Electronics II Theory 3
AMF259 Automotive Electronics II Lab 1
AMF270 Automotive Project II 1
  Health and Physical Education requirement‡ 3

Eighth Quarter (Summer 2015)
AMF284 Automotive Dealership Experience 41 6
Total Credits 102-103

1 Based on availability of sponsorship.
2 Students who placed into MTH065 or higher do not need to complete MTH060 but should instead take MTH065 or higher first quarter.
3 Required only if MTH065 was not completed first quarter.
4A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)

‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree, page 20 of the printed catalog.

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