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Automotive Technology - IMPORTCareer Pathways
Limited Entry, Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2015-2016

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Steve Michener: 503-491-7148
Room IT52
Steve.Michener@mhcc.edu

The Individualized Mechanical Program of Repair Technicians (IMPORT) provides students with a unique opportunity to gain work experience while being trained as service technicians for dealership and independent automotive repair facilities (Acura, BMW, Honda, Nissan, Subaru, VW, etc.). The instruction and training is a two-part experience taking place at both Mt. Hood Community College and various automotive repair facilities. This program is designed to develop the technical competency, mechanical and diagnostics skills of those who desire to be professional level automotive technicians. The instructional facilities are equipped with some of the finest, most up-to-date training materials and equipment available. Being accepted into this program means learning the latest in automotive technology.

Those entering the program are committing to two full years of automotive training which includes fall, winter, spring and summer terms both years. Upon graduation, students will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in automotive technology and complete a full year of on-the-job experience. Students have the assurance of industry support and certain employment options for the future. IMPORT repair shops see these program students as their “service technicians of the future.”

This program admits students on a limited entry basis and is a two-step process. The first step is completing the application materials. The second step is securing an independent or dealership repair facility sponsorship. Participating shops will screen qualified applicants and select those they wish to sponsor. Once a student has accepted a sponsorship, he/she will be admitted into the next starting class. Application packet and application guide materials are available at: www.mhcc.edu/LRadmissions/.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe shop practices and hazardous 
material handling
  • Diagnose and repair automotive electrical systems as to the National Automobile Technicians Education Foundation (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 brake 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
First Quarter (Summer 2015/Fall 2016)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
AM112 Electrical 1 Theory
3
AM113 Electrical 1 Lab
2
AM114 Engines 1 Theory
2
AM115 Engines 1 Lab
1
AM116

Chassis Systems 1/Minor Vehicle Services 1 Theory

4
AM117

Chassis Systems 1/Minor Vehicle Services 1 Lab

2
MTH060 Beginning Algebra I2
4
18
Second Quarter (Fall 2015/Winter 2017)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
AM281 Automotive Dealership Experience 1
6
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)3, 4
4
10
Third Quarter (Winter 2016/Spring 2017)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
AM122 Electrical 2/Engine Performance I Theory
6
AM123 Electrical 2/Engine Performance I Lab
2
AM140 Drivetrains 1 Theory
3
AM141 Drivetrains 1 Lab
1
AM160

Air Conditioning 1/Minor Vehicle Services 2 Theory

2
AM161

Air Conditioning 1/Minor Vehicle Services 2 Lab

1
AM170 Automotive Project 1
1
WR101

Workplace Communications I or WR121 English Composition

3-4
19-20
Fourth Quarter (Spring 2016/Summer 2017)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
AM282 Automotive Dealership Experience 2
6
6
Fifth Quarter (Summer 2016/Fall 2017)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
AM224 Engines 2 Theory
2
AM225 Engines 2 Lab
1
AM226 Engine Performance 2/Chassis 2 Theory
6
AM227 Engine Performance 2/Chassis 2 Lab
3
AM232 Electrical 3 Theory
3
AM233 Electrical 3 Lab
1
Health and Physical Education requirement‡
3
19
Sixth Quarter (Fall 2016/Winter 2018))
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
AM283 Automotive Dealership Experience 3
6
6
Seventh Quarter (Winter 2017/Spring 2018)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
AM236 Engine Performance 3 Theory
2
AM237 Engine Performance 3 Lab
1
AM240 Drivetrains 2/Air Conditioning 2 Theory
5
AM241 Drivetrains 2/Air Conditioning 2 Lab
3
AM242 Electrical 4/Diagnosis Theory
3
AM243 Electrical 4/Diagnosis Lab
1
AM270 Automotive Project 2
1
PSY101

Psychology of Human Relations or Human Relations requirement‡

3-4
19-20
Eighth Quarter (Spring 2017/Summer 2018)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
AM284 Automotive Dealership Experience 4
6
6

Total Credits 99-105

1 Students may be admitted to begin First Quarter in either Summer 2015 or Fall 2016.
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.
4 A 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 requirements, page 22 of the printed catalog.
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