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Schools for Aspiring Ford Mechanics: How to Choose

Post-secondary instruction can be an effective route toward becoming a mechanic for Ford vehicles. Those interested in this career should consider obtaining a degree or certificate in automotive mechanics or technology affiliated with the Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) program.

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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
$3,330 In-state
$5,220 Out-of-state
Central Maine Community College Auburn, ME 2-year, public $3,750 In-state
$6,450 Out-of-state
Cerritos College Norwalk, CA 2-year, public $1,346 In-state
$7,926 Out-of-state
Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH 2-year, public $3,808 In-state
$8,430 Out-of-state
Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA 2-year, public $3,999 In-district
$7,298 In-state
$10,440 Out-of-state
Community College of Baltimore County - Catonsville Baltimore, MD 2-year, public $3,712 In-district
$6,650 In-state
$9,718 Out-of-state
Erie Community College South Campus Buffalo, NY 2-year, public $5,189 In-state
$9,784 Out-of-state
Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ 2-year, public $2,046 In-state
$7,830 Out-of-state
Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA 2-year, public $3,911 In-state
$8,200 Out-of-state
Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown, NC 2-year, public $2,064 In-district
$2,208 In-state
$7,056 Out-of-state

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.

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