The Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Service Educational Training) program is an alliance
among Ford Motor Company, Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers and local participating
community colleges. The ASSET program allows technical and vocational students to get on-
the-job training at a sponsoring Ford or Lincoln Mercury dealership while earning an Associates
Degree in Automotive Technology at a local, participating community college.
Ford ASSET will be recognized as the premier program in the global automotive industry for
the training and placement of new manufacturer-specific service technicians.
Ford ASSET is to be the primary source of new technicians trained and equipped with the basic
knowledge, skills, and experience to become successful and productive career professionals at
the Masters level.
Good Technicians Are Hard to Find. They're Developed in the Ford ASSET
Ford ASSET stands for the Automotive Student Service Educational Training Program. It is an
alliance among Ford Motor Company, your Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers and local
participating community colleges. This program allows highly motivated people to get started
on a career as a Quality Care technician. It's also one way your dealer helps ensure that the best
and the brightest people are working on your vehicle. Through the ASSET Program, local
dealers handpick the students and oversee their education and training. So that by the time they
graduate, the students know your vehicle inside and out.
The ASSET program allows technical and vocational students to get on-the-job training at a
sponsoring Ford or Lincoln Mercury dealership while earning an Associates Degree in
Automotive Technology at a local, participating community college. After graduation, students
are likely to be hired for a full-time job at one of the 5,000+ Ford or Lincoln Mercury
dealerships, to the tune of a 99% success rate. In fact, in 1996, 600 students, nationwide,
graduated from the ASSET program and 594 of them are working full time in Ford and Lincoln
Mercury dealerships! It's a fairly demanding course, but there's plenty of benefits to make it
worth your while. You'll be getting not only in-class instruction from trained instructors, but
also hands-on experience at a Ford or Lincoln Mercury dealership, and earning money while
you're getting your Associates Degree.
Anyone who is a high school graduate and interested in the technical side of vehicles is eligible.
Vehicle enthusiasts and high school Auto Shop students are typical candidates. While most
students find out about the program through their high schools, eligibility is not limited to
current or recent high school graduates.
How the Program Works
ASSET is a 2-year program divided into two parts. Nine to 12 weeks of classroom instruction
are alternated with 9-12 weeks of paid co-op work experience at a sponsoring Ford or Lincoln
Mercury dealership. Upon completing the ASSET program, every participant is equipped with
the basic skills and experience to be a successful service technician.
You and the Dealer
Sponsoring Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers play a vital role in ASSET. Each dealer:
• Interviews and selects prospective students
• Appoints an in-dealership coordinator to help the school ASSET coordinator plan and
monitor the cooperative work experience
• Provides the work experience that reinforces your most recent classroom instruction
• Pays you for working at the dealership
• Supplies you with uniforms (in keeping with dealership policy)
No initial investment
• Improved Fix-It-Right-the-First-Time capability
• Less dealership training (downtime) for technicians in the future
• A continuous source for recruiting educated technicians
The Curriculum at Morrisville State College
Fall Semester Credits
ENGL 101 Language and Composition 3
MATH Mathematics (as advised)* 3
AUTO 102 Metals 3
ASET 101 Introduction to Automotive Service 2
ASET 102 Braking Systems 3
ASET 103 Basic Electrical Systems 3
Spring Semester Credits
PHYS 107 Introduction to Physics I 4
ELEC 160 Applied Linear Electricity and Electronics 3
ASET 121 Engine Repair 3
ASET 122 Electronic Systems 4
Fall Semester Credits
SOCS Elective 3
CITA 100 Introduction to Computer Concepts and Applications 2
ASET 201 Steering and Suspension Systems 3
ASET 202 Manual Transmissions and Drive Trains 3
ASET 203 Climate Control 2
Spring Semester Credits
ENGL English (as advised) 3
SOCS Elective 3
ASET 222 Engine Performance 4
ASET 223 Automatic Transmissions 4
Semester break 1 2-3 weeks ASET 123 1
Semester break 10-12 weeks ASET 200 4
Semester break 2 2-3 weeks ASET 225 1
Total Credits: 64
• Demonstrated proficiency through MATH 102 – Intermediate
Algebra with Trigonometry is required for this program.
Continuation into the bachelor of technology degree: Students
must complete the A.A.S. degree program (with a minimum 2.5 grade
point average) before entering the B.T. program.
We have special arrangements for the purchase of the required tools with Snap-On, Sears
(Craftsman), MAC Tools, Inc. and the local NAPA store (all tools are professional
quality and carry a lifetime guarantee). You can write to the address below for details
(please specify which brand(s) you are interested in).
State University of New York
School of Science and Technology
Automotive Tool List
Morrisville, NY 13408
You will need one (1) pair of safety glasses (clear lenses) to be worn during all lab
periods. Please note that this is a New York State Safety regulation which will be
enforced, starting with the 1st day of school.
Shopcoats/coveralls and leather work shoes (no athletic shoes) are required for the
protection of you and your clothing, as a large portion of the course will consist of actual
mechanical work. You should have at least two (2) shopcoats/coveralls and more if you
The following tools and tool box are required so that you will have a basic amount of
tools to enter your future vocation. All tools should be of professional quality.
Professional tools have a lifetime guarantee.
THE FOLLOWING TOOLS ARE REQUIRED for first semester unless marked
with an asterisk (*) - these will be needed for the third semester.
1 - Tool Box (lockable top box and/or roll cabinet)
Socket Sets: (6 point sockets are recommended) SHALLOW & DEEP
1/4" drive, 7/32" to ½" and 4mm to 13mm
3/8" drive, 3/8" to 13/16" and 8mm to 19mm
including 5/8" and 13/16" spark plug sockets
½" drive, 3/8" to 1-1/4: and 17mm to 30mm
½" to 3/8", 3/8" to ½", 3/8" to 1/4"
Ratchets: 1/4", 3/8" and ½" drive
Flex Handles: 3/8" and ½" drive
Extensions: 3", 6", and 10" all drives
*Oxygen sensor socket
1 set internal 8T to 60T, 1 set external 8T to 50T
0-4" or 0-6" dial caliper/or vernier caliper
Tire pressure gauge 0-50 lbs./in2 and valve core tool.
Tire chuck and OSHA approved blowgun. Air tools use type "B" quick coupler.
1/4" to 1" and
5mm to 22mm
3/8" to 3/4"
Flare Nut Wrenches: and 7mm to
5/64" to 3/8"
and 1.25mm to
Hex Wrenches (Allen): 10mm (socket
Torque wrench 0 -150 ft. lbs.
Battery terminal wrench
Phillips: #1 and #2
1/8" x 4", 1/4"
Flat Blade: x 6", 5/16" x
8", 3/8" x 12"
5/16" x 1-3/4"
Punch and Chisel Set including center punch.
Common slip-joint, needle nose, locking
(visegrip, 7" and needle nose), arc joint
6" or 7" diagonal cutters, internal & external
snap ring, wire strippers.
1 lb., 2 lb. ball peen and soft face hammer
Battery Terminal Brush
1" Putty Knife