• Under Hood Technician

    Career Pathway Certificate

    Program code: CC.UNDERHOODTECH

    The Under Hood Technician Program combines the initial courses of the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Automotive Service Technology degree to provide the student with an opportunity to gain entry level employment. This alternate first-year schedule offers accelerated employment qualification for the student. These courses train the student in the skills necessary to earn certification from Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) in the specified areas of A1, A6, A7, A8, C1, and L1, as described in the ASE Alignment Section. Coursework also qualifies the student to earn American Welding Society (AWS) certification. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence requires two years of documented time in trade before testing, and this nine month program is awarded 4.5 months equivalency. The AWS requires one year of documented time in trade before testing. These classes comprise an alternate first year schedule of our AAS degree in Automotive Service Technology. They focus on one skill set necessary for employment within the Automotive Service industry.


    Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • perform inspections on major automotive systems, including steering, suspension, and brakes,
    • understand and perform basic repairs to automotive electrical systems,
    • service and repair fuel storage and delivery systems, electronic fuel injection systems and emission controls,
    • diagnose and repair engine problems, including cylinder head and valvetrain, block, reciprocating assembly, and cooling system,
    • diagnose and repair electrical accessories, gauges, warning devices, and information systems,
    • diagnose computerized engine controls and ignition systems,
    • diagnose and repair heating and air conditioning systems.


    Diagnostic tune-up technician, electrical and electronics specialist, air conditioning service technician, apprentice technician, and service writer.

    For information, contact David Bradley, Automotive Department Chair at 503-594-3051 or bradleyd@clackamas.edu


    FALL TERM Credits

    AM-121 General Auto Repair I 3

    AM-129 Electrical Systems 7

    WLD-102 Introduction to Welding

    or AB-112 Collision Repair Welding I 2

    WINTER TERM Credits

    AM-122 General Auto Repair II 3

    AM-243 Fuel & Emission Control Systems 7

    AM-244 Advanced Electrical Systems 7

    SPRING TERM Credits

    AM-224 Comfort Systems 4

    AM-133 Engine Systems 7

    AM-228 Service Shop Management 4

    Credits required for certificate 44

    ASE Alignment

    AM-129 Align with ASE A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems

    AM-244 Align with ASE A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems

    AM-243 Align with ASE A8 Engine Performance and L1 Advanced Engine Performance Specialist

    AM-133 Align with ASE A1 Engine Repair

    AM-224 Align with ASE A7 Heating and Air Conditioning

    AM-228 Align with ASE C1 Automotive Service Consultant

    Information from the 2015-2016 catalog.

  • Contact our Automotive Department

    Oregon City - 19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, Oregon 97045

    Call us: 503-594-3047