Program Overview

Automotive service students working on a car

The automotive program at Portland Community College is delivered in a well-equipped facility at our Sylvania Campus. We have dedicated classrooms with tools and training aides focused on the 8 ASE subject areas. Some of our equipment consists of a dedicated 40+ vehicle test fleet, over 10 above ground hoists, 2 computerized 4-wheel alignment racks, a chassis dynamometer, transmission test stands, custom program built engine performance trainers, computerized diagnostic equipment, oscilloscopes, and many other specialized tools.
Our program consists of 17-day instructional modules, each of which relates to a specific vehicle repair area. The modules are clustered around the 8 ASE subject areas:

  • A1 Engine repair
  • A2 Automatic transmissions/transaxles
  • A3 Manual transmissions and drivetrain
  • A4 Steering and suspension systems
  • A5 Brake systems
  • A6 Electrical/Electronics systems
  • A7 Heating, ventilation and A/C
  • A8 Engine performance

The program offers both a certificate or degree option, consisting of 3 modules per term. The automotive modules are a lecture/laboratory format which emphasizes the fast-paced nature of the industry and require dedication not only in class but also through independent study. Each class helps prepare you to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams so the greater the dedication to your learning, the more prepared you will be! Satisfactory completion of the course outcomes will earn the student the ability to move forward in the program.
In addition to automotive technical skills, we also focus on the development of related skills in the following areas:

  • Communicate effectively with customers and co-workers.
  • Perform industry relevant mathematics for diagnostic, repair and service needs.
  • Read, research, analyze and interpret service information.
  • Effectively organize and manage time frames for repair and work scheduling.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving techniques for diagnosing vehicle faults and performing needed repairs.

Courses

New students begin the program with these courses their first term:

  • AM100 Introduction to Automotive Systems
  • AM161 Electrical Systems I
  • AM162 Electrical II
  • CG209 Job Finding—required during term 1

The normal progression through the program continues as follows:

  • Term Two
    • AM151 Undercar I
    • AM141 Undercar II
    • AM142 Undercar III
  • Term Three
    • AM163 Electrical Systems III
    • AM111 Engine Repair
    • AM171 Heating and air conditioning
  • Term Four
    • AM181 Engine Performance I
    • AM182 Engine Performance II
    • AM183 Engine Performance III
  • Term Five
    • AM131 Drive Train Systems I
    • AM121 Drive Train Systems II
    • AM132 Drive Train Systems III
  • Term Six
    • AM201 Auto Shop Lab I
    • AM202 Auto Shop Lab II
    • AM203 Auto Shop Lab III

See the AAS worksheet for approved degree courses.

AM280A: At the completion of Term Three, the student is ready to look for their cooperative education (co-op) job to meet the on-the-job-work experience requirement. See page 14 for complete description. CG209: Job Finding Skills must be completed before your job search. See the department chair for advice before you begin searching for a co-op job.