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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-Mercury 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-Mercury dealerships across the country.

Department Notes

  • Students of the ASSET program must be sponsored by a Ford or Lincoln/Mercury 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 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
  • 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).


Total Degree Credits: 74.5

First Year, Spring Semester

First Year, Summer Semester


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

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