Automotive Technology - Ford ASSET Option
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology -- Ford ASSET Option is an 83-credit-hour program that trains students to become entry-level automotive service technicians at Ford, Lincoln-Mercury and Mazda dealerships. The Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Service Educational Training) program is an alliance among the Ford Motor Co., Ford, Lincoln-Mercury and Mazda dealers and St. Louis Community College. Students get on-the-job training at a sponsoring dealership while earning an Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology. Enrollment is restricted by dealer selection.
Key Features of the Ford ASSET Option
- Advanced, specialized preparation for a career as an automotive technician in a Ford, Lincoln-Mercury or Mazda dealership.
- Paid full-time cooperative work experience with a Ford, Lincoln-Mercury or Mazda dealership.
- Graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and the background to become ASE certified.
- Classes are held in a technical training facility that features the latest Ford equipment in a special ASSET laboratory.
- A full-time program of work and study for two years, including fall, spring and summer.
The Purpose of ASSET
- To upgrade the technical competency and professional level of the incoming Ford, Lincoln-Mercury and Mazda dealership service technicians.
- To train Ford ASSET program students to analytically diagnose, service and maintain Ford automotive products using recommended procedures, special tools and Ford service publications.
- To provide course content that will enable the successful graduate to advance in position after additional experience and to understand new systems and components as they are introduced.
To be eligible for the ASSET program, the applicant must:
- be 18 years of age or older by the time of first dealer work assignment,
- be able to meet the school's general admission and academic requirements,
- be sponsored by a Ford, Lincoln-Mercury or Mazda dealership and
hold a valid driver's license.
Cooperative Education Work Experience
The ASSET curriculum utilizes eight-week periods of classroom work alternating with eight-week periods of full-time work experience at a Ford, Lincoln-Mercury or Mazda dealership.
This system allows the student to apply, in a real world setting, what he or she has learned during the previous classroom session. In addition, the student becomes familiar with the dealership environment, its organizational structure and the competencies that are expected of a professional automotive technician.
Technical training on Ford vehicles and components includes the latest developments in engine repair, automotive electrical and electronic engine control systems, brakes, front end, automatic and manual transmissions, fuel systems and emission control systems. In addition to the technical curriculum, courses are offered in areas such as technical mathematics, applied physics, English and social studies to provide students with the background necessary for effective communication of ideas and to enhance future opportunities for career advancement.
For more information on the Ford ASSET program, visit the ASSET program home page sponsored by Ford Lincoln Mercury.