Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET)
The Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) program at HFC is specifically designed to prepare you for automotive service and repair positions at Ford and Lincoln dealerships. Those who complete the program can become Master Ford Certified.
Interested in this program?
Why should I choose this program?
We have partnered with Ford to provide you with a unique blend of classroom learning and practical experience. As the only program of its kind in the state of Michigan, ASSET allows you to earn an Associate Degree in Automotive Service Technology while receiving on-the-job training at a sponsoring Ford or Lincoln dealership. You will alternate between eight-week periods of classroom sessions and full-time dealership work. In this way, you will gain direct and immediate experience applying learned theory to a real-world setting, and become familiar with the dealership environment, its organizational structure and the capabilities that are expected of a professional automotive technician.
What skills will I learn and improve?
- Ability to solve complex problems through critical analysis
- Ability to communicate difficult technical information to customers and colleagues
- Learn how to diagnose, service, and maintain Ford and Lincoln vehicles using recommended procedures, special tools, and Ford service publications
- Real-world experience through dealership internship opportunities
What are my career opportunities?
Starting wage for ASSET graduates at Ford/Lincoln dealerships is up to $15 per hour. After years of experience and master certification, wages can be higher than $40 per hour.
More career opportunities in this field can be found through the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Program features and benefits
- 24 full-time students
HFC ASSET program is one of the largest in the Ford trainee system and the only one of its kind in Michigan.
- Accredited by the NATEF
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
- Certified by the ASE
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
- Ford or Lincoln Dealership Co-op
Students are required to participate in a dealership co-op.
Testimonials and Endorsements
Certified Ford Technician - ASSET Graduate
Before ASSET, I was fresh out of high school with no direction. All I knew is I enjoyed working on cars. When the opportunity to enroll in the ASSET program came about, it seemed like the perfect program to not only better my automotive skills but it was also a chance to gain a real college degree. Throughout the ASSET program I was employed by a Ford dealership and worked directly under technicians that had years in the business.
The combination of the education I gained from the classroom and the real life experience I gained from working in the dealership was the best way to not only learn how to repair vehicles but learn how automotive systems worked. This in-depth knowledge is very important in the real world of automotive repair because a better understanding of a system saves time and effort when diagnosing a customer concern. Efficient diagnosis and repair is how technicians make money. Since graduating, I'm working for the dealership full-time. The certifications I earned means I'm qualified to work on any job that comes through the door. I am a confident Certified Ford Technician and I owe it all the the Ford ASSET program.
Mechanic - ASSET Graduate
During my time in the ASSET program, I was one of the oldest guys in the class. I had a pregnant wife and two kids and I was the sole provider for our family. We had to make major cutbacks to get me through the program, but we did it! And it was well worth it! Since graduating, I am employed full time as a mechanic at Hines Park Ford, I now make enough that my wife was able to quit her job to be home with our three kids, which was always a dream for us.
I really enjoyed my time in the ASSET program. I developed almost a brotherhood with the other guys, most of which I still talk to regularly now. Mr. Young was a really great teacher. We are close in age but I have a ton of respect for him. I learned a lot from him, and really loved being in his class! Overall I had a great experience being in the HFC ASSET program, I had a great teacher, I developed many lasting friendships, and I now have a career in the automotive industry.
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