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Automotive Technology/Ford ASSET Option, A.A.S.

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Degree: Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code: 5306
Curriculum Code: 0525
Campus Location: South-Vehicle Technology Training Center
Engineering & Technologies Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations: Math I, 1 year Science (Chemistry or Physics)
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Auto Dealerships, Repair Shops, Garages

Program Description

Sponsored by Ford Motor Company, the ASSET Program combines classroom instruction with hands-on experience in a local Ford or Lincoln dealership. Students in the ASSET Program gain valuable real-life experience by working as actual employees of a modern automotive dealership service department. Students are paid during the dealership work experience to help offset the cost of attending college. Graduates receive not only an Associate in Applied Science degree from Erie Community College, but also certifications from Ford Motor Company. These certifications are recognized by Ford and Lincoln dealerships across the country.

Department Notes

  • Students of the ASSET Program must be sponsored by a Ford or Lincoln dealership. Sponsorships are coordinated with the ASSET instructors at the college.
  • Registration and admission to the ASSET Program is processed through the South Campus Admissions Office.
  • Students must have a valid drivers license to enroll in the ASSET Program.
  • All automotive students registered in labs will be required to have essential hand tools the first week of lab. The necessary tools will cost the student approximately $1,500-$2,500, depending upon the source of purchase and quality of the tools. A list of the essential tools will be made available upon request.
  • Semesters run for 10 weeks, year-round.

Program Competencies

Upon graduating with an Associate in Applied Science degree in the field of Automotive Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  • demonstrate appropriate methods of estimating and developing repair order/invoices;
  • demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills;
  • utilize current technical communication systems in diagnosing and servicing vehicles;
  • demonstrate proper use of tools;
  • demonstrate proper use of test equipment; and 
  • interpret manufacturer's specifications and perform prescribed procedures from manuals for diagnosis and repair of charging, starting, electrical and accessory systems; drivelines, differentials, clutches, manual and automatic transmissions and transaxles; struts, torsion bars, leaf and coil suspension systems; fuel and emissions systems, computerized engine control systems, air conditioning and heating systems and fuel metering systems (including throttle body injection, port fuel injection and turbo charging).

Ford Asset Responsibilities and Placement Policies

The Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training program is designed for students who desire a career as an automotive technician in a franchised automobile dealership environment. Ford Asset is a partnership between Erie Community College and regional Ford Lincoln dealerships. The education and training of Ford Asset students involves rotating between 10-week semesters at ECC and 10-week co-ops at their sponsoring dealerships.   

Responsibilities of Student

  • possess a valid driver's license with a driving record that is suitable for the employing dealership's insurance requirements;
  • meet sponsoring dealership hiring requirements which may include submitting to a drug test and/or criminal background check;
  • provide sponsoring dealer with responsible and productive employment;
  • maintain sponsor relationship with a Ford Lincoln dealership;
  • be responsible for program costs: tuition, fees and books;
  • maintain academic standards and adhere to academic policies;
  • possess a set of hand tools as specified by the college; and
  • maintain all school requirements to attain an associate degree.

Responsibilities of Ford Lincoln Dealers

  • become a sponsoring dealer by employing a Ford Asset student;
  • interview and select prospective student(s);
  • appoint an in-dealership coordinator/mentor to assist the Ford Asset instructor in planning and monitoring the cooperative work experience;
  • establish the Ford Asset student as a dealership employee during the co-op period;
  • negotiate a wage plan with the student, for the student's co-op periods;
  • provide the Ford Asset student with uniforms consistent with other dealership technicians;
  • attend Ford Asset support events or activities; and
  • review and evaluate s Ford Asset student's performance each co-op period.

Steps that Ford Asset Coordinator will take to qualify potential students:

  • maintain and process the candidate applications;
  • candidates will be assessed academically based on Math and English placement tests;
  • candidate will interview with Ford Asset coordinator/instructor to assess mechanical aptitude and ability to meet the Ford Asset student responsibilities; and
  • ensure candidate has a valid driver's license and has a driving record that is suitable for the employing dealership's insurance requirements.

Dealer/Student Placement

Methods used to place students in dealerships vary by location.  The following methods have been found successful in placing students in dealerships. Ford Asset at ECC may use any method or combination of the following:

  1.  Direct Dealer Recruitment

Dealers have already identified a candidate to sponsor. Candidate identification can be accomplished by:

  • working with the local high school, vocational or co-op program;
  • various governmental job-placement offices;
  • current employee of the dealership; and
  • local dealership recruitment activities, i.e. newspaper, walk-in, radio, etc.

This method has been found to be the most successful in securing long term loyal employees at the dealership (the candidate must meet Ford Asset school entry requirements).

  1. At Dealership Interviews

The candidate will interview with the dealer at the dealership. The Ford Asset coordinator will:

  • secure a list of dealerships requesting to sponsor candidates;
  • secure a list of qualified candidates;
  • map out and locate dealers/candidates in a reasonable travel distance;
  • supply candidates with a list of locations, contacts, and telephone numbers of dealers;
  • supply list of candidates to interested dealers;
  • follow-up with candidates;
  • follow-up with dealers;
  • maintain and update list of qualified candidates; and
  • record and track dealer/candidates "match ups" as they are confirmed.

Notification of Dealer/Student Acceptance

  1. Dealership will notify the student and the Ford Asset coordinator/instructor of intentions to sponsor the student.
  2. Ford Asset coordinator will contact student to follow up and verify sponsorship of student.
  3. Student will follow up with sponsoring dealership to finalize the dealerships "new employee" policy.


Total Degree Credits: 74.5

First Year, Summer Semester


This is a recommended sequence. Student should consult his/her academic adviser prior to registering.

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