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College: Hawaii Community College
Program: Automotive Mechanics Technology

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Program Description

Annual Report Program Data

College: Hawaii Community College

Program: Auto Mechanics Technology (AMT)


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Introduction: Brief description of the program.

The program prepares the student for employment as a general mechanic in a service station or auto dealer's shop, or as a specialty mechanic or a specialist on engine tune-ups or electrical systems.

This program has been in existence since 1941 servicing our communities needs in the transportation trades.  Graduates have been placed in every facet of the automotive industry.  They have found careers in the private sector as well as government agencies.  Many have since become employers/managers as they now own and operate businesses of their own which creates an excellent career networking system.  Some have ventured to the mainland as well as internationally in Japan, Europe and China.  

Program Mission:

The mission of the Automotive Technology (AMT) Program is to prepare students for successful employment as an automotive mechanic.  The AMT program offers a 48 credit Certificate of Achievement and a 63 credit Associates in Applied Science (AAS) degree.  Students completing the AAS degree are ready for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exam.  Although the exam is not a requirement for the program, students are encouraged to take the exam at their expense.  The ASE exam is the nationally recognized body for auto technicians.  

Part I. Quantitative Indicators

Overall Program Health: Cautionary

Majors Included: AMT     Program CIP: 47.0604

Demand Indicators Program Year Demand Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
1 New & Replacement Positions (State) 64 65 92 Unhealthy
2 *New & Replacement Positions (County Prorated) 12 10 13
3 *Number of Majors 104 87.5 80.5
3a     Number of Majors Native Hawaiian 51 38 37
3b     Fall Full-Time 74% 79% 64%
3c     Fall Part-Time 26% 21% 36%
3d     Fall Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 0% 0% 0%
3e     Spring Full-Time 67% 69% 54%
3f     Spring Part-Time 33% 31% 46%
3g     Spring Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 0% 0% 0%
4 SSH Program Majors in Program Classes 1,112 1,008 912
5 SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes 36 0 0
6 SSH in All Program Classes 1,148 1,008 912
7 FTE Enrollment in Program Classes 38 34 30
8 Total Number of Classes Taught 14 14 14

Efficiency Indicators Program Year Efficiency Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
9 Average Class Size 23.9 21 19.1 Healthy
10 *Fill Rate 100% 100% 95.3%
11 FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 2 2 2
12 *Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 52 43.7 40.2
13 Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty 58.5 49.2 45.3
13a Analytic FTE Faculty 1.8 1.8 1.8
14 Overall Program Budget Allocation $234,064 $246,751 $256,356
14a General Funded Budget Allocation $177,037 $161,460 $168,828
14b Special/Federal Budget Allocation $57,027 $0 $0
14c Tuition and Fees $0 $85,291 $77,592
15 Cost per SSH $204 $245 $281
16 Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes 0 0 0
*Data element used in health call calculation Last Updated: January 27, 2014

Effectiveness Indicators Program Year Effectiveness Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
17 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) 95% 97% 98% Healthy
18 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 0 0 0
19 *Persistence Fall to Spring 72% 71.5% 80.2%
19a Persistence Fall to Fall     46.8%
20 *Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded 22 16 16
20a Degrees Awarded 21 16 16
20b Certificates of Achievement Awarded 14 0 8
20c Advanced Professional Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
20d Other Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
21 External Licensing Exams Passed   Not Reported Not Reported
22 Transfers to UH 4-yr 0 4 1
22a Transfers with credential from program 0 1 0
22b Transfers without credential from program 0 3 1

Distance Education:
Completely On-line Classes
Program Year  
10-11 11-12 12-13
23 Number of Distance Education Classes Taught 0 0 0  
24 Enrollments Distance Education Classes N/A N/A N/A
25 Fill Rate N/A N/A N/A
26 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) N/A N/A N/A
27 Withdrawals (Grade = W) N/A N/A N/A
28 Persistence (Fall to Spring Not Limited to Distance Education) N/A N/A N/A

Perkins IV Core Indicators
Goal Actual Met  
29 1P1 Technical Skills Attainment 90.00 90.48 Met  
30 2P1 Completion 50.00 66.67 Met
31 3P1 Student Retention or Transfer 74.25 82.86 Met
32 4P1 Student Placement 60.00 80.77 Met
33 5P1 Nontraditional Participation 17.00 6.56 Not Met
34 5P2 Nontraditional Completion 15.25 0.00 Not Met

Performance Funding Program Year  
10-11 11-12 12-13
35 Number of Degrees and Certificates     24  
36 Number of Degrees and Certificates Native Hawaiian     6
37 Number of Degrees and Certificates STEM     Not STEM
38 Number of Pell Recipients     62
39 Number of Transfers to UH 4-yr     1
*Data element used in health call calculation Last Updated: January 27, 2014
Glossary | Health Call Scoring Rubric

Part II. Analysis of the Program

Overall Health -- Cautionary

Demand -- Unhealthy

Although indicators exhibit a flat economy, our students have consistently found employment in the industry at an average of 90%.  This is due to the extensive career network with employers that the AMT Program possesses.  Figures that are presented in calculations only reflect government positions.  This program helps locate employment for students in the private sector and many related industries.  It has been quite successful in locating employment opportunities for students.  This has been the case for the past 30 years.  Placement in industry has been consistent regardless of the economic climate of the state or nation.  The program has always had the intent of expanding to attract a larger student population.  The current intake is 20 new students each year.  Facility, budget and personnel limitations are currently preventing expansion.  The program has recently been selected to participate in career day activities at the Kamehameha School Kea'au campus.  The program hopes to increase Hawaiian ancestry students by exposing them to Hawaii Community College opportunities.  We also are actively recruiting non-traditional students at career fairs, island wide.                                                                                                                                                                                

Efficiency -- Healthy

We will continue to maintain this area at the current levels.  

Effectiveness -- Healthy

We will continue to maintain this area at the current levels.



1.  The AMT program enjoys high student interest that has been consistant for 30 plus years.

2.  Class size is always at full capacity.

3.  High and improving completion rate.


1.  Declining population of Native Hawaiian students

2.  Declining non-traditional students

3.  Declining numbers for Majors to FTE BOR appointed faculty


Significant Program Actions

We are currently in the process of obtaining a full time APT that will be shared with the Auto Body Program. This person will be tasked with reviewing safety and operational procedures in the lab as well as clerical work as required to complete work orders and dealing with parts suppliers. This will free up instructors to concentrate on instructional tasks in the lab and allow more time to be used towards improving/updating all aspects of the program.    


Previous Program Actions

1.  We are currently in process in completing syllabus and course outline up dating.

2.  Created rubrics developed and approved by program advisory committee.

3.  Obtain phone #'s for student follow up.

Perkins IV Core Indicators

We did not meet non-traditional participation and completion rates.  The program has placed an emphasis on recruiting non-traditional students at all career activities at our local high schools.  Hawaii Community College has previously had special grants specifically for non-traditional students.  Even with those opportunities the levels of these student counts were low.  We will continue our efforts to improve in these areas.

The program has met 4 of 6 Perkins IV’s goals. The 2 areas that were not met; Nontraditional Participation and Nontraditional Completion, are due to the low female count. The AMT program has seen an increase in female participants over the years and the instructors are working very hard to retain them. Unfortunately there were a few who did not continue for presonal reasons.

Part III. Action Plan

Program Action Plan

1.  Incorporate biodiesel instruction in the existing curriculum.

The program will be addressing and attempt to implement the "green" movement into self sustainability for the island community.

2.  Design new module for air conditioning to address the new refrigerant designed for mobile units.  Due to be released in 2015.  Called HFO-1234yf.  designed as more a environmentally friendly chemical.

This will align with ILO's, AMP priorities, and Strategic Plan as the knowledge gained will encompass a global market place.  This goes far beyond the local community and into the world climate agreement for the preservation of the atmosphere.

3.  Super Critical State Fuel Injection System

A drastic change for the vehicular world emissions situation.  Will drastically reduce dependency on fossil fuel and increase fuel mileage.  Modification to fuel injection systems will provide 4 cylinder gas mileage into the 90 mile/gallon range.  Global as well as local communities will be affected. 


Part IV. Resource Implications

Cost Item 1

Mitchell On Demand                                 Equipment                                    $5,000

Needed as this is our reference manual for all lab activities.  It is utilized daily and a necessity for vehicle repair procedures, formulating estimates, calculating labor costs, technical service bulletins, and access to other links for repair or specifications.  An essential tool that is used by all of the students on a daily basis.  Lab activities would cease without it.  Subscription will need renewal in 2013.  The most critical tool for the AMT program.

Cost Item 2

Tire Changing Machine                            Equipment                                     $15,000

Current technology requires servicing tire rim sizes 18" and larger.  Our original equipment failed and the replacement was donated by one of the instructors.  It is now 10 years later and the equipment is nearing the end of its life span.  It will accommodate rim sizes up to 17" which is not at the standard of industry.  The growing trend uses rim sizes up to 22".  This is a necessity for the steering/suspension module that provides the student with saleable skills. 

Cost Item 3

Vehicle Computer Scan Tool                    Equipment                                     $12,000

Technology has progressed to the point that a new, more powerful tool is needed.  Current tool can access vehicles up to 2008.  Newer vehicles have greater computer capabilities that expand into anti-lock brakes, reactive suspensions, blue tooth in convenience packages, reverse vision, computer guided parking capabilities and a new brake activation system for inattentive drivers.  We are not able to communicate with these systems with our current scanner.



Program Student Learning Outcomes

For the 2012-2013 program year, some or all of the following P-SLOs were reviewed by the program:

this year?
Program Student Learning Outcomes


Identify and demonstrate proper work readiness skills and respect for cultural differences.


Apply safety measure at all times.


Maintain proper use of shop tools and equipment.


Demonstrate access and use of online repair manuals.


Diagnose and repair typical problem encountered by owners of vehicles.


Perform routine maintenance functions on vehicles.

A) Evidence of Industry Validation

The Auto Mechanics Program advisory committee met, agreed and approved these learning outcomes. Board agreed that these outcomes reflect industry needs.

B) Expected Level Achievement

A level of 70% is the taget data. This percentage was approved by the advisory committee.

C) Courses Assessed

AMT 60J 2012 and AMT 60K 2013

D) Assessment Strategy/Instrument

A rubric was utilized by three industry representatives.   They evaluated each student that was present for that particular day.  Data was collected and included in learning out come strategies.  Each area was given a numerical score to reflect the level of achievement.

E) Results of Program Assessment

The rubric category "safety" scored the highest 92%.  The category "quality of work" and "diagnosic skills" scored the lowest 66%. This was a slight movement upward since the last assessment of AMT 60H and 60K.

F) Other Comments

Overall average percentage was an average of 79% which is within the target.

G) Next Steps

In the lowest scoring categories, "quality of work" and "diagnostic skills" the aquiring of cutting edge technology tools would greatly enhance those figures.  The automotive field has an extremely high progressive rate and the latest tools or aids are paramount for the students success in accuracy and speed.  The AMT program will strive to acquire the latest tools and equipment to keep abreast with industry.  This would enable to students to better their career opportunities.  We were heavily supported this past year in this area and the increase in percentages from 72% to 76% are a positive reflection of it.  We strongly feel that support in this area was the main reason that the rubric scores were so improved.