• Ford ASSET Program Details

  • Thank you for your interest in the Ford ASSET program at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC).

    The Ford ASSET program is designed to upgrade the technical competency and professional level of incoming dealership technicians.  Students accepted to the program complete four alternating terms of Automotive Dealership Experience-Ford ASSET while working at a Ford or Lincoln dealership. Students in the Ford ASSET program learn from Ford certified instructors. At the dealership, the student is paired with an experienced technician, who is available to check all jobs completed by the student.  Students not only earn college credit toward the Automotive Technology Associate of Applied Science/Ford ASSET degree, but are also paid for this on-the-job experience. 

    CAREER OUTLOOK: The need for highly trained technicians due to the growing complexity of the automobile creates an excellent opportunity for a secure career.

    PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: The program can prepare you for a variety of positions in the automotive field including Automotive Technician, Shop Foreman, Service Manager, Parts and Service Director.

    NATIONAL CERTIFICATION: All instructors are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). All MHCC automotive programs are certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

    Program Outline

    • The program begins fall term on odd numbered years and summer term on even numbered years.
    • The program length is two years (8 terms).
    • Classes are typically 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Number of students enrolled each year: 24
    • Current program curriculum can be viewed at Ford ASSET.
    • Students earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automotive Technology from MHCC.
    • Students are awarded Ford Motor Company STST factory training credentials throughout the program.
    • Students accepted to the Ford ASSET program work and earn college credits during alternate terms of the two-year training program for the Automotive Dealership Experience – Ford ASSET and are paid for the experience.
    • Transfer considerations to four-year institutions: There are several institutions that will accept transfer students. Please talk to a faculty adviser if you are interested in transferring to a four-year institution.

    DEALER SPONSORSHIP: Applicants who have been notified via email by the admissions evaluator that they have met all other admission criteria need to contact the program adviser for current information regarding available sponsorship sites. With the guidance of the program adviser, students are expected to contact dealers and repair shops to arrange interviews, until a suitable sponsorship site has been found.

    Estimated Program Costs

    The chart below shows course fees, estimated textbook costs required to earn the Ford ASSET program Associate of Applied Science degree.

    The estimated program costs are subject to change without notice. They are listed only as a guide for your financial planning. Tuition is current as of Fall term 2021 and subject to change without notice. To view the current tuition rate, please see Tuition/Fee Rate Table.

    Estimated Program Cost

    Ford ASSET Associate Degree program

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    *Costs vary depending on course and section chosen

    The estimated cost of all required tools is $2,000-$2,500. Students may purchase tools prior to starting the program. Upon acceptance into the program, students should contact the instructor for a complete list of required and suggested tools including vendor name and MHCC Automotive Technology 50% student discount information.

    *Automotive Dealership Experience occurs in second quarter, fourth quarter, sixth quarter and eighth quarter. Students are responsible for expenses related to the Automotive Dealership Experience such as travel, room and board.