According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), students can receive automotive mechanic training from programs ranging from a certificate of advancement to an associate's degree in automotive mechanics and technology. While this education may be sufficient for those wishing to become mechanics on Ford vehicles, there is an option known as the Ford ASSET program, which is a working partnership between the Ford Motor Company and various community colleges to provide hands-on training with Ford vehicles.
10 Schools with Ford ASSET Program
The following schools offer the Ford ASSET credential as part of an associate degree program:
|School||Location||School Type||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Brookhaven College||Farmers Branch, TX||2-year, public|| $1,770 In-district
|Central Maine Community College||Auburn, ME||2-year, public|| $3,750 In-state
|Cerritos College||Norwalk, CA||2-year, public|| $1,346 In-state
|Columbus State Community College||Columbus, OH||2-year, public|| $3,808 In-state
|Community College of Allegheny County||Pittsburgh, PA||2-year, public|| $3,999 In-district
|Community College of Baltimore County - Catonsville||Baltimore, MD||2-year, public|| $3,712 In-district
|Erie Community College South Campus||Buffalo, NY||2-year, public|| $5,189 In-state
|Glendale Community College||Glendale, AZ||2-year, public|| $2,046 In-state
|Delgado Community College||New Orleans, LA||2-year, public|| $3,911 In-state
|Guilford Technical Community College||Jamestown, NC||2-year, public|| $2,064 In-district
Source: *NCES College Navigator
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School Selection Criteria
According to the Ford ASSET website, there are 36 schools in the U.S. that offer the Ford ASSET program. Considerations when choosing an automotive mechanics program for Ford vehicles:
- Students wishing to broaden their practical knowledge may want to consider an associate's degree program in automotive mechanics or technology, which provides a more in-depth learning experience than a certificate program.
- Some Ford ASSET programs can be taken through automotive engineering certificate programs - some of which can be taken in 8-week courses, allowing students to obtain their certificate in one year and still be fully prepared and qualified for a job in the industry.
- Many schools that feature the Ford ASSET program have laboratory work included in their curricula, but some actually require students to have training - sometimes paid - at an allied Ford Motor Company dealership, providing students with on-the-job experience with actual Ford vehicles.
Ford ASSET Certificate
This 1-year Ford ASSET program in automotive engineering is an accelerated program designed to give students the appropriate education and experience to work on Ford vehicles at dealerships and independent shops. Courses are divided between classroom settings and lab settings. Sometimes, a Ford dealership internship is included to give students more hands-on working experience with Ford vehicles.
Ford ASSET Associate of Applied Science
The associate's degree in automotive engineering in the Ford ASSET program is a full-time, 2-year program designed to give students the full educational experience working on Ford vehicles. A number of Ford ASSET programs require dealership experience and have an alternating schedule of classroom education and 8-week periods completing a full-time internship at a local Ford, Lincoln-Mercury or Mazda dealership. Upon completion of the program, students will be qualified to work as entry-level technicians at all Ford dealerships.
Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) programs are available at the certificate and associate's degree levels. These programs emphasize areas such as electrical systems, engine repair, fuel systems, suspension and alignment and business management.