• Program Details

  • Thank you for your interest in the Chrysler MCAP, IMPORT and Subaru U Automotive Technology program at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC).

    Graduates claim it is one of the best automotive programs in the Northwest.

    The Chrysler MCAP, IMPORT and Subaru U 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 process that consists of meeting general education prerequisite course levels, completing the application, securing a dealership sponsor and finally accepting the position and registering for first term courses.

    Program Objectives: To 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.

    Dealership Sponsorship: With the guidance of the program adviser, students are expected to contact dealership or independent repair shops to arrange interviews until a suitable sponsorship site has been found. The Automotive Dealership Experience provides students with paid hands-on learning internships in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth terms. The average time for a student to secure a dealership sponsorship is from one to three months.

    National Certification: The Chrysler MCAP, IMPORT and Subaru U automotive programs are Master certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

    Program Outline

    • Enrolls 24 students per year. (COVID-19 restrictions may reduce this number)
    • Begins summer term on odd numbered years (Monday - Thursday, 8:00am - 2:30pm) and fall term on even numbered years (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 1:00pm). General education class time varies.
    • Involves a two-year commitment, for a total of eight terms.
    • Requires sponsorship by dealership or repair facility for four (4) terms of paid Automotive Dealership Experience.*
    • Awards students an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automotive Technology.
    • Articulates with several four-year institutions to transfer coursework toward Baccalaureate degree.

    Current program curriculum can be viewed at Chrysler MCAP , IMPORT or Subaru U. The official curriculum will be published in the 2021-2022 college catalog.

    *Sponsorship interviews begin as soon as an applicant receives an "application complete" email and will finish when all 24 spots are filled. Please contact the program adviser for additional details.

    Tool List

    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 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

    Further clarification and recommended vendors of these tools may be obtained by contacting the program advisers.

    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. They are listed only as a guide for your financial planning. Tuition, College Service Fee and Access Fee are effective as of Fall term 2021. To view the current tuition rate, please see the Tuition/Fee Rate Table. Note: Students are responsible for expenses related to the Automotive Dealership such as travel, room and board.

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