Ford ASSET — short for Automotive Student Service Educational Training – is an intensive program that trains students to work as professional automotive technicians. Students in this program learn to work on Ford products in ASE-certified centers. The training includes instruction on engines, fuel management, electronics, transmission/transaxles, brake systems, and air conditioning. Students are sponsored by an authorized Ford or Lincoln dealership, where they will spend part of their training. Renton Technical College is the only school in Washington state offering this program.

Enrollment Point: Fall

Certificate of Completion: 
Associate of Applied Science: 
8 Quarters
131 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.


The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18 years at the time of the first dealership internship.
  • Must take the Accuplacer or ASSET test before entering program or being placed on the pre-registration list.
  • High school diploma or GED required before graduating.
  • Able to meet the admission requirements of RTC, the Ford Motor Company, and the sponsoring dealership.
  • Sponsored by a Ford or Lincoln dealer.
  • Hold and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Insurable to school (good driving record) and sponsoring dealership requirements.
  • Completion of MATH 075 with a 2.0 GPA or higher, or equivalent on the ACCUPLACER test.

Admission Recommendations

  • High school level courses in math, science, power, or auto mechanics.
  • Counselor and instructor interview.


Course Information

Course # Course Title Crs
COL 101 College Success 2
INDS 101 First Aid/CPR and AED 2
FAS 101 Safety and Environmental Issues 2
FAS 112 Basic Shop Skills 1
FAS 115 Electrical/Electronic Systems 9
FAS 118 Brake Systems 6
FAS 119 Steering and Suspension Systems 6
FAS 120 Engine Repair 7
FAS 123 Diesel Fundamentals 4
FAS 124 Climate Control Systems 4
FAS 171 Written Communications 3
FAS 191 Cooperative Training I Part A 3
FAS 192 Cooperative Training I Part B 3
FAS 193 Cooperative Training II 7
FAS 216 Manual Transmissions and Drivetrains 8
FAS 217 Automatic Transmissions 8
FAS 223 Engine Performance 12
FAS 227 Emission Certification 2
FAS 294 Cooperative Training III 7
FAS 295 Cooperative Training IV 7
FAS 296 Cooperative Training V Part A 3
FAS 297 Cooperative Training V Part B 5
CMST& 101 Speech Communication 5
AMATH 175 Applied Algebra for Business and Industry 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition 5
  Total 131


Transfer credit from other institutions will be considered upon validation of transcripts and evaluation of course work.

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Ford ASSET Program

  • Diagnose and repair vehicles to NATEF and Ford certification standards
  • Use technical service materials, printed or online, to analyze and determine proper repair procedures for Ford vehicles
  • Perform warranty repairs using the proper tools and software as per Ford specifications
  • Troubleshoot vehicle systems using logical, traceable steps that lead to identification of the root cause of malfunction
  • Communicate effectively in oral or written form within the environment of a Ford dealership
  • Model professional and ethical behavior in all aspects of automotive repair interactions


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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