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CAP Program
Associate in Applied Science
64 credit hours
Curriculum code 1277

Mopar College Automotive Program (CAP)
The College Automotive Program (CAP) at Moraine Valley Community College provides valuable internship experience and manufacturer-specific training. CAP students benefit from real-world "hands-on" experience while working at a Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep dealership. CAP students earn wages during the internship period and complete a minimum of 1,280 internship hours over the two-year program. CAP students are required to complete AUT-233 (Internship Seminar - 1 credit) and AUT-237 (Internship - 3 credits) during the program. CAP students also earn Chrysler training credit for manufacturer-specific training courses completed at Moraine Valley. Upon completion of the program, CAP graduates earn an associate's degree in automotive technology and a Chrysler CAP diploma. Class size is limited to maintain a good instructor-to-student ratio, and the program begins once a year during the fall semester.

Admissions—Individuals desiring to enroll in CAP must first submit a CAP application form. This can be accomplished online by visiting www.morainevalley.edu/automotive/cap_application.htm. The application should be submitted no later than May 31 of the year in which they wish to enroll. Shortly after submitting the application, CAP applicants will be contacted to set up a date/time for an interview. Prior to the interview, CAP applicants will be required to prove that they are prepared to take college-level English (COM-101) and MTH-095 (Beginning Algebra) or higher by taking the college's placement tests, or provide proof that they scored a 20 or higher on their ACTs, or provide transcripts from another college or university. Once interviewed, applicants will be apprised of their status.

Individuals accepted into CAP will then be required to seek sponsorship with a Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep dealership. Only those individuals that have been accepted into CAP, and have secured a sponsoring dealer will be allowed to start the program. To maintain good standing in the program, CAP students must continue to maintain employment at a Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep dealership throughout the program. CAP students no longer employed at a Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep dealership will not be allowed to continue in the program.

Earnings—CAP students initially earn $8 to $12 per hour while working at the dealer. Pay increases are based on performance and/or seniority. It should be noted that "Master Technicians" with five or more years of experience can earn $50,000 to $100,000 per year. Currently in the Chicagoland area, the median wage for automobile technicians is $17.20 per hour.

Nature of Work—Working in a dealership service department, automobile technicians perform basic maintenance, diagnostic and repair procedures on cars and light trucks.

Working Conditions—The majority of dealership automotive technicians work a standard 40-hour week. Some may work late afternoons or early evenings and possibly Saturdays as more service departments extend their hours of operation. Generally, service technicians work indoors in well lighted and ventilated repair facilities.

Related Job Titles—Apprentice Technician, Journeyman Technician

Job Outlook—Job opportunities in this occupation are expected to be very good for persons who complete automotive training programs, especially programs that feature manufacturer-specific training. A person with good diagnostic skills will have the best opportunities. For well-prepared people with a technical background, automotive technician careers offer an excellent opportunity for good pay and benefits. However, persons without formal training are likely to face formidable competition for entry-level jobs.

Your Investment—The cost of the two-year associate's degree program at Moraine Valley Community College is approximately $7,000, including tuition, fees, books, and a basic tool set. CAP students who reside outside of Moraine Valley Community College's district receive a waiver that allows them to pay in-district fees. The price is based on 2006 costs and is subject to change.

Bonus Incentive—CAP students also may be eligible for the Bonus Incentive Fund. This bonus, paid by some dealerships, compensates students based on the number of hours worked, according to terms of their dealer/student contract.

Flexible Sponsorship—The CAP student and their sponsoring dealer can choose from a number of options. The CAP Contract, which the dealer and CAP student formulate together, provides the details. Some dealers provide the CAP student with up to 50 percent tuition reimbursement.

Course Requirements—Each student is required to obtain a basic set of tools and safety equipment to participate in laboratory work and perform work at the dealer. A list of required tools will be furnished upon request. Start-up cost for these tools ranges from approximately $200 to $500. Students will be expected to add to their tool set as they progress in the program.

For job listing and job placement assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in the Center for Contemporary Technology, T904, (708) 974-5737.

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