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Frequently Asked Questions

What is ASSET?
ASSET is a two-year college program leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology. It is a joint effort of Ford Motor Company, Renton Technical College and a sponsoring Ford / Lincoln-Mercury or Mazda dealerships to develop factory certified technicians that will be equipped with the basic knowledge to become productive and long term career professionals in the automotive trade.

How does it work?
ASSET uses Ford Service Technician Specialty Training curriculum and factory trained instructors to provide college level instruction in automotive repair using alternating periods of classroom/lab instruction (approximately 9 weeks per classroom/dealership session) with full-time mentored work experience at a Ford/Lincoln-Mercury or Mazda dealership.

Where is the training held?
The on-campus training will be held at Renton Technical College, 3000 NE 4th St., Renton, WA 98056, Automotive Building "K" Room 102. Hours are from 7:00 am-1:30pm Monday-Friday. The paid 9 week (approximate) cooperative training portion of the program is held at the sponsoring dealership under that business normal working hours.

What subjects are studied?
The curriculum is centered around Ford Quality Care Masters curriculum, and NATEF competencies, providing Ford Service Technician Specialty Training factory technical training on Ford / Mazda automotive products. Training will be provided in the classroom, in the lab, and in the dealership to prepare and certify the student in the latest factory developments of automotive repair technology including: engine repair, fuel management diagnosis, electronic repair and diagnosis, transmission/transaxles overhaul, brake system repair, and air conditioning service. In addition, courses in mathematics, psychology, communications and English are required to develop a well-rounded academic background necessary to communicate and reason effectively.

How do I get started?
  • Contact the Ford ASSET program (425) 235-5804 and set up an interview and shop tour. We encourage prospective students to attend class for a day to get a feel for program structure and to talk to current students.
  • Prepare a resume and cover letter and interview dealerships. Program instructors will assist in locating sponsoring dealerships.
  • Obtain sponsorship and complete and return required paperwork.
  • Take COMPASS test and register for class.

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