FORD ASSET PROGRAM
- Class Time: Day
- Semester: Fall Semester
- Campus: Brooklyn Park
Genuine Ford training, hands-on, in-depth, and around the car knowledge is what you will gain with Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Service Educational Training). Ford ASSET is a 24-month, six semester, associate degree training program that provides you with the skills to succeed in the rapidly advancing automotive industry. By combining classroom training and automotive internship experiences, at a sponsoring dealership, you will benefit from specialized training on Ford vehicles, components, and software. Put your automotive career in gear with Ford ASSET.
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Labs and Classrooms
The Ford ASSET building is a dedicated lab and classroom equipped exclusively with diagnostic tools as used in Ford/Lincoln dealerships. Hand tools are supplied to students while they work and learn on campus. The student's personal tools are kept at their internship location.
Supplies / Tools
Mac Tools, Snap On, Matco, and Craftsman Tools Industrial have a copy of the program's recommended tool list and will be represented at a tool show on campus in early July and also during the first weeks of Fall Semester. Ford ASSET students may receive special pricing.
- Internship Requirement: Students must meet the requirements for employment at a Ford dealership prior to progressing into their first semester internship.
A Ford ASSET graduate has a set of expected duties or tasks to perform each day. A graduate that is employed by a dealership will often open the service garage and prepare it for the day's work. The employee is responsible for the accurate diagnosis of any Ford/Lincoln brought into the dealership for repair through the use of advanced diagnostic equipment and deductive reasoning. The Ford technician will ensure that the repairs meet Ford specifications and that the customer receives quality service. The Ford technician may need to speak with the customer after the diagnosis is made to confirm that the customer indeed wants the repairs performed.
Job Outlook / Gainful Employment
Potential Job Titles
The Ford ASSET program at HTC is NATEF certified. NATEF is an independent, non-profit organization that assesses technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and the recommendation of qualifying programs for accreditation by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
An articulation agreement between Hennepin Technical College and Minnesota State University Moorhead will facilitate credit transfer of HTC's Automotive Technology (Ford ASSET) A.A.S. degree toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management at MSU-Moorhead.
Ford/Lincoln dealers who are active participants in the Ford ASSET program are welcome to serve on this committee. This committee is comprised of a cross section of service personnel including: dealer principals, technicians, students, Ford Motor Company representatives and Hennepin Technical College personnel. Our main purpose is to provide valuable input for program improvements and growth to prepare students for success on the job.