• 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 working at a Ford or Lincoln dealership learning from Ford certified instructors. Students are 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 prepares students 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 7 a.m. to 2 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 earn Ford Motor Company STST factory training credentials throughout the program.
    • Students accepted to the Ford ASSET program earn college credits for the Automotive Dealership Experience-Ford ASSET during alternate terms of the two-year training program and are paid for the experience.
    • Transfer considerations to four-year institutions: Several institutions 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 that they have met  admission criteria (application complete email) need to contact the program adviser for information regarding available sponsorship sites. With the guidance of the program adviser, students contact dealers and repair shops to arrange interviews until a suitable sponsorship site has been found.

    Estimated Program Costs

    The chart below shows tuition and 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. To view the current tuition rate, please see Tuition/Fee Rate Table.

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    *Costs vary depending on course and section chosen

    The estimated cost of all required tools is $2,000-$2,500. Upon acceptance into the program, students may contact the instructor for a complete list of required and suggested tools which includes MHCC Automotive Technology 50% student discount and vendor 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.