• Program Details

  • The information below is based on the application requirements for Fall 2018 admission.

    Thank you for your interest in the Chrysler MCAP and IMPORT Automotive Technology program at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC). Chrysler, Subaru, and many dealerships and independent repair facilities chose MHCC Automotive Technology Programs to provide them entry-level technicians. Graduates claim it is one of the best automotive programs in the Northwest.

    The Chrysler MCAP and IMPORT Automotive Technology program is designed to upgrade the technical competency and professional level of incoming dealership technicians. With “state of the art” facilities, over 30 late-model training vehicles and ASE Master Certified instructors and curriculum, no other college in the state grants more Automotive AAS degrees than MHCC. Mt. Hood Community College’s new partnership with Subaru increases the value of the automotive technology programs.

    Admission into these programs is a two-part process. Phase 1 consists of completing the application by providing all items on the application checklist. Phase 2 is securing a dealership sponsorship. The sponsor will provide you with on-the-job training during the dealership experience phases of the 2-year program.

    Program Objectives: Train future Automotive Technicians from introductory to advanced automotive diagnosis and repair in the areas of engine repair, automatic transmission/transaxles, manual drive train & axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.

    National Certification: The program instructors are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), American Honda Motors, Chrysler LLC, and Subaru of America. The Chrysler MCAP and IMPORT automotive programs are Master certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

    Program Outline

    • Program begins summer term on odd numbered years and fall term on even numbered years. Entrance into the program or a class/classes after fall/summer term is by faculty permission only. Faculty permission into a class/classes does not guarantee admission into the program. Students must apply, be accepted into the program to have their major changed to MCAP or IMPORT and be able to register for program classes.
    • Program is two years in length, for a total of eight terms.
    • Students selected for the program work alternate terms in dealerships during the two-year training program and are paid for this on-the-job experience.
    • Current program curriculum for each program option can be viewed at Chrysler MCAP or IMPORT. The official curriculum will be published in the 2017-2018 college catalog.
    • Automotive class time is 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – general education class time varies
    • Student enrollment is 24 per year.
    • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automotive Technology is awarded after completion of required coursework.
    • Transfer considerations to four-year institutions: There are several institutions that will accept transfer students. Please talk to one of the faculty advisers if you are interested in transferring to a four-year institution.

    Dealer Sponsorship: The Chrysler MCAP and IMPORT program includes dealer sponsorships. These dealer sponsorships provide students with hands-on learning internships every other term. Many internships include paid co-operative work experience.

    Applicants who have been notified via email by the admissions evaluator that they have met all other admission criteria need to contact the program adviser for current information regarding available sponsorship sites. With the guidance of the program adviser, students are expected to contact dealers and repair shops to arrange interviews, until a suitable sponsorship site has been found. The average time for a student to secure a dealership sponsorship is from one to three months.

    Sponsorship interviews will begin immediately and finish when all 24 slots have been filled. Please contact the program adviser for additional details.

    Required Tool List

    Each participant is required to purchase the tools listed below as a requirement to participate in the Chrysler MCAP and IMPORT Automotive Technology program. Further clarification and recommended vendors of these tools may be obtained by contacting the program advisers.

    Ratchets 1/4", 3/8", 1/2"
    1/4" Deep and shallow socket set 6-12mm 6pt
    3/8" Shallow and deep socket set 8-19mm 6pt
    1/2" Shallow Socket 16-24mm 6pt
    External Torx Sockets – 10, 15, 20, 25, 27, 45, 50, 55
    Spark Plug Sockets – 5/8" and 13/16"
    Socket adapters – 3/8-1/4, 1/2-3/8, 3/8-1/2
    1/4" Drive extensions - any two lengths
    3/8" Drive extensions - any two lengths
    1/2" Drive extension
    Universals – 1/4", 3/8"
    1/2" Breaker bar
    Open/box combination wrenches 6-19mm
    Metric flare nut wrench set 8-14mm
    Locking Tool Box or rolling cart
    Flash light
    Inspection mirror
    Magnetic pickup tool
    Flat blade screwdriver
    Phillips head screwdrivers – #1, #2
    24-32 oz. Dead blow hammer
    18-24" Pry bar
    Adjustable joint (water pump) pliers
    Combination slip joint pliers
    Needle Nose pliers
    Diagonal side cut pliers
    Safety glasses
    Hex key set-both standard and metric
    Digital Volt/Ohm Meter (purchase during 2nd year of program)

    Optional – Recommended – But Not Required Tools:

    1/4" Deep and shallow socket set 3/16" – 9/16" 6pt
    3/8 Shallow and deep socket set 8mm-19mm 12pt
    3/8" Shallow and deep socket set 3/8" – 3/4" 6pt
    1/2" shallow socket set 12mm-24mm 12pt
    1/2" Deep socket set 12-24mm 6pt
    1/2" Shallow and Deep socket set 3/8" – 1" 6pt
    3/8" Drive in. lb. torque wrench (ex. 50-250 in. lb)
    Open/box combination wrenches - 1/4"-1"
    1/2" Drive ft. lb. torque wrench (ex. 50-250 ft. lb.)
    Gasket scraper
    Blow gun
    20-32 oz. Ball peen hammer
    Flare nut wrench set 1/4" – 13/16"
    Punch & chisel set
    Tire pressure gauge
    Feeler Gage set
    Oil Filter wrench – universal type

    The minimum required tools will cost between $200 and $1200. Note: Registered automotive students are offered 50% tool discounts from various tool vendors.

    Estimated Program Costs

    These costs are estimates and are subject to change without notice. Tuition, College Service Fee and Access Fee are effective as of Fall term 2017. To view the current tuition rate, please see the Tuition/Fee Rate Table.The costs listed reflect tuition but not the other costs associated with general or related electives required for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in MCAP and IMPORT Automotive Technology.

    First Quarter
    Item Cost
    Books/Fees $250.00
    TI84 Calculator $100.00
    Tuition $1,938.75
    College Service Fee $45.00
    College Access Fee $35.00
    Second Quarter*
    Item Cost
    Tuition $1,092.50
    College Service Fee $45.00
    College Access Fee $35.00
    Third Quarter
    Item Cost
    Books/Fees $50.00
    Tuition $2,038.75
    College Service Fee $45.00
    College Access Fee $35.00
    Fourth Quarter*
    Item Cost
    Tuition $655.50
    College Service Fee $45.00
    College Access Fee $35.00
    Fifth Quarter
    Item Cost
    Books/Fees $250.00
    Tuition $1,988.75
    College Service Fee $45.00
    College Access Fee $35.00
    Sixth Quarter*
    Item Cost
    Tuition $655.50
    College Service Fee $45.00
    College Access Fee $35.00
    Seventh Quarter
    Item Cost
    Books/Fees $250.00
    Tuition $1,988.75
    College Service Fee $45.00
    College Access Fee $35.00
    Eighth Quarter*
    Item Cost
    Tuition $655.50
    College Service Fee $45.00
    College Access Fee $35.00

    Required Tools for Program $600.00

    Total Estimated Program Cost (With Tools)- $13,154.00

    *Automotive dealership experience occurs in second quarter, fourth quarter, sixth quarter and eighth quarter.