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Monroe County Community College

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Monroe County Community College (MCCC) is a public community college in Monroe County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The main campus is located in Monroe Charter Township with a smaller off-campus location further south in Temperance. Both campuses are strategically located between Detroit and Toledo, Ohio on the I-75 corridor. MCCC was founded in 1964 and is the only higher education institution in the county. The college was established in 1964. The MCCC Automotive Service Technician Program currently offers two degrees. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree with specialization in automotive service technology is a two-year program structured to provide the technical knowledge and mechanical abilities necessary to work on the vehicles of yesterday, today and the future. MCCC offers a certificate program that covers the basic core subjects of automotive repair.

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  • MCCC's Automotive Service Technician programs offer state-of-the-art training for passenger cars, trucks, and heavy-duty vehicles.  Internal combustion engines (ICE) repair, electrical system, braking system, HVAC, and steering suspension system repair are currently offered with electric vehicle (EV) courses coming soon!
  • MCCC hosted its first EV Show in 2021.  Since then, the show has become a popular annual event and a forum for EV information and community development.
  • EV heavy duty trucks and their repair will be part of MCCC's new EV curriculum coming soon!
  • EV recreation vehicles like this Jeep are growing in popularity. MCCC's EV curriculum will focus on EV fundamentals and repair.  Support systems like EV charging system maintenance and repair will also be featured and available to students.
  • EV buses serve many communities across the U.S. today.  MCCC's EV program will help students become EV technicians able to service large vehicles like this along with a host of other EV-based vehicles and systems.
  • The Career Technology Center opened in 2012. The building offers programs in sciences and engineering technology. The infrastructure supports state-of-the-art classrooms and lab space.

Under The Hood

Provide a quick overview of the program (i.e., time to complete, credits, type of degree, etc.).

The Automotive Service Technology program provides students with opportunity to work as service technicians in automotive repair facilities upon completion of coursework leading to a certificate or an associate’s degree. The Automotive Service Technician Certificate covers a total of 23 credit hours. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automotive Technology covers a total of 63 credit hours.

Is this a full or part time program?

Both MCCC Automotive Service Technology programs can be designed to be full-time or part-time education programs for students.

Describe how classes are conducted (i.e, in-person, online, in the shop, etc.).

Classes are a combination of in-person, online, and laboratory courses. Internship opportunities are available and new internship partnerships with local/regional shops and auto support companies are always welcome.

What does the program cost?

Please see https://www.monroeccc.edu/financialaid/netprice/index.html for access to the net price calculator.

What types of financial assistance or scholarships are available?

Please see https://www.monroeccc.edu/financial-aid for information on financial aid, scholarships, and other tuition-based opportunities.

Describe the application process and eligibility.
What types of work-based learning opportunities do you offer?

Please see https://www.monroeccc.edu/divisions/aset for more information.

Describe your annual placements (i.e., number of students, percent who find a job in the industry, etc.).

Please see https://catalog.monroeccc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=1&poid=44&returnto=28 for the MCCC AAS degree job industry details section and https://catalog.monroeccc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=1&poid=45&returnto=28 for the MCCC Automotive Service Technology certificate job industry details section for more information.

What types of salaries can students expect after graduating and as they advance in their career?

Please see https://catalog.monroeccc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=1&poid=44&returnto=28 for the MCCC AAS degree job industry details section and https://catalog.monroeccc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=1&poid=45&returnto=28 for the MCCC Automotive Service Technology certificate job industry details section for more information.

Is there anything unique about your program that you’d like to mention?

MCCC will be one of the first automotive service programs in the region to offer an EV Technician curriculum program for a variety of vehicle types and vehicle-support systems.

What general and specialty tools does the school provide?

A wide variety of tools are featured including tire service equipment, an alignment machine and hoists, among others. Mechanical and electrical test instruments and gauges, including scan tools, oscilloscopes, pressure gauges, pneumatic tools and general & vehicle-specific hand tools are also available.

What tools, if any, is a student responsible for providing?

Students may supplement their instruction with their own tools and maintain responsibility for them.

When in the lab, how much one-on-one time does an instructor get with each student?

The amount of instructor-to-student time varies based on the lesson and desired outcomes. Generally, students will interact directly with diagnostic equipment, hand tools, and other devices used in troubleshooting and repair. Initial training requires direct on-on-on interaction between student and instructor with periodic follow-up at any time thereafter.

What is the split between time spent in the classroom versus hands-on learning?

The time spent with hands-on learning versus classroom learning (either in-person or virtual) depends on the lesson and desired outcome. Course content is delivered primarily in-person and supplemented with virtual modules and access to Web-based content. In general, students will spend a higher percentage of time working directly with systems and tools. However, gaining understanding of how systems/tools work as well as troubleshooting does require a significant commitment to reading manuals and texts that explain and highlight how tools/diagnostics work and their use with specific brand models and equipment combinations.

What does the school do to ensure students stay safe while in the lab?

All Monroe County Community College (MCCC) Applied Science & Engineering Technology Division (ASET) programs are accredited. In the case of the automotive services technology program, the curriculum for the program conforms to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence/National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (ASE/NATEF) standards. Technician safety standards are a major part of ASE/NATEF accreditation, and MCCC complies with all safety guidelines and protocols listed in ASE/NATEF documentation.

What types of processes does the lab have to ensure a clean working environment?

All Monroe County Community College (MCCC) Applied Science & Engineering Technology Division (ASET) programs are accredited. In the case of the automotive services technology program, the curriculum for the program conforms to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence/National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (ASE/NATEF) standards. Technician workplace and environmental standards are a major part of ASE/NATEF accreditation, and MCCC complies with all workplace and environmental standards guidelines and protocols listed in ASE/NATEF documentation.

Does the school have access to factory software? If so, please explain.

A variety of auto system diagnostics (some specific to OEM systems) are available for use. Please contact the MCCC Auto Services Technology Program directly for specific information.

What types of service and parts software are available for the students to access?

A variety of auto service and parts-related software (some specific to OEM systems and/our source networks) are available for use. Please contact the MCCC Auto Services Technology Program directly for specific information.

Is there anything else you’d like to mention about the lab environment?

Nearly $200,000 worth of equipment was installed when the program was launched in 2017 and incremental investments in new equipment have been made since that time.

MCCC Automotive Technology Certificate Requirements

AST 101 - Intro to Automotive Service Credit Hours: 3 AST 102 - Electrical Systems I Credit Hours: 4 AST 120 - Brake Systems Credit Hours: 4 AST 103 - Electrical Systems II Credit Hours: 4 AST 125 - Steering and Suspension Credit Hours: 4 AST 130 - Heating and Air Conditioning Credit Hours: 4

MCCC AAS in Automotive Technology Degree Requirements

* MDTC 160 - Mechanical Drafting and CAD I can be replaced by CIS 130 - Intro to Computer Information Systems. See the General Education Requirements in the college catalog or on the college website (https://www.monroeccc.edu/) for a list of courses that satisfy the General Education Learning Competencies. C1 PHY 101 - Technical Physics Credit Hours: 4 or C1 PHY 151 - General Physics I Credit Hours: 4 or C1 CHEM 150 - Fundamental Principles of Chemistry Credit Hours: 4 or C1 CHEM 151 - General College Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4 or competency C2 MATH 124 - Technical Mathematics II Credit Hours: 4 C3 ENGL 151 - English Composition I Credit Hours: 3 C4 MDTC 160 - Mechanical Drafting and CAD I Credit Hours: 4 * C5 Human Experience Competency Credits Hours: 3 C6 Social Systems Competency Credits Hours: 3 Required Core Courses and Sequence FIRST SEMESTER AST 101 - Intro to Automotive Service Credit Hours: 3 AST 102 - Electrical Systems I Credit Hours: 4 AST 105 - Engine Theory Credit Hours: 3 SECOND SEMESTER AST 103 - Electrical Systems II Credit Hours: 4 AST 120 - Brake Systems Credit Hours: 4 AST 125 - Steering and Suspension Credit Hours: 4 SUMMER SEMESTER AST 130 - Heating and Air Conditioning Credit Hours: 4 THIRD SEMESTER AST 202 - Engine Performance I Credit Hours: 4 Restricted Elective Option Credits Hours: 5 * FOURTH SEMESTER AST 203 - Engine Performance II Credit Hours: 4 Restricted Elective Option Credits Hours: 5 * AST 249 - Cooperative Work Experience Credit Hours: 3 Restricted Electives (choose 1)* *Designates elective course (choose only 1-option 3rd or 4th semester). AST 210 - Manual Transmission and Driveline Repair or AST 211 - Automatic Transmission Repair to be offered alternatively in Fall semester of each year. AST 205 - Engine Repair to be offered in the Winter Semester. AST 205 - Engine Repair Credit Hours: 5 AST 210 - Manual Transmission and Driveline Repair Credit Hours: 5 AST 211 - Automatic Transmission Repair Credit Hours: 5

Anthony Napier

Anthony Napier serves as MCCC's Automotive Lab Technician. Napier has an extensive background in auto repair and diagnostics. He received an A.A.S degree from Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio.

Peter Coomar

Peter Coomar is the Dean of MCCC's Applied Sciences & Engineering Technology (ASET) Division. He has received advanced degrees from his native India as well as both an M.S. in Industrial Technology and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from The University of Wisconsin.

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