MHCC Offers Free Workshop for Repair of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Posted March 11, 2011


If you think you have seen more hybrid and electric cars on the street, you’re not imagining things. Portland (and the surrounding area) is the leading city, per capita, for these new energy efficient vehicles.

They’re awesome cars, especially as gas prices shoot through the roof, but who’s going to perform maintenance on them? The industrial technology department at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) has an answer.

MHCC will host a free, one-day workshop on March 18 and again on March 19, on hybrid and electric vehicles on the College’s Gresham Campus, 26000 SE Stark Street. The workshop will help professional automotive technicians with diagnostics, safety, repair and modifications for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and electric vehicles (EV).  The workshop is presented by MHCC in cooperation with Perfect Sky Inc. and the Department of Advanced Transportation Technology & Energy at City College of San Francisco and funded through a U.S. Department of Energy-National Energy Technology Laboratory Grant.

“These vehicles are quickly becoming mainstream and we want to prepare technicians for the fast-changing technology,” says Robert Weinman, MHCC training coordinator.

“Since 2007, Portland has been the leading city in the country for purchase of hybrid vehicles,” says Weinman.” Well over 4,000 Toyota Prius hybrids alone were sold in Portland in 2008. Local dealers claim they are their hottest selling vehicle on the lot.”

 “Mt. Hood Community College is excited to have the opportunity to host this workshop for Portland-area technicians,” says Dennis Mattoon, dean of industrial technology at MHCC. “Events such as the recent announcement of The EV Project, which represents the largest rollout of EV infrastructure and EVs in U.S. history, indicate that the support for this technology is finally reaching critical mass in our region. Integrating HEV, EV and fuel cell technology into MHCC’s automotive programs and adding new partners such as the Department of Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy at City College of San Francisco and Perfect Sky Inc. will help MHCC prepare the region’s automotive technicians of the future.”

Jack Rosebro, a presenter at the event, has taught throughout the U.S. and Canada and is the founder of Perfect Sky Inc. He has developed HEV and EV instructional programs throughout California and is also a frequent writer of articles on topics ranging from hybrid systems for Formula One racing to the latest vehicles in the U.S., Asia and Europe.

“In California, we are starting to see hybrid specialty garages,” says Rosebro. “It means the hybrid market is going from niche to maturity. It's a step that was bound to happen, and now it's here.”

For more information, or to register for this free workshop, please contact Weinman at 503-491-7496 or robert.weinman@mhcc.edu. Pre-registration is required.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD).

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