National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

Automotive Technology: Ford ASSET Emphasis (FA)

(Effective Fall 2012)

This major includes fundamental and advanced operating theories of automotive systems and components. Students learn to apply automotive operating principles and to diagnose malfunctions in automotive systems. The course work emphasizes the development of skills in service, repair, and test procedures in relation to Ford/Lincoln vehicles and systems. Specialized service courses prepare students for advancement in Ford/Lincoln dealerships. The major also prepares students to take written certification examinations (e.g., the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence examinations), vehicle safety inspection, and Ford/Lincoln certifications. Specialized service courses prepare students for transfer to four-year majors, such as Automotive Technology Management.

Career Opportunities

Service technician, service equipment representative, rebuilding shop assembler, repair shop operator, parts and inventory control.

Recommended High School Subjects

Three years of English, two years of algebra, and one year of science.

Special Admissions Requirements

A prospective student will need dealer sponsorship prior to the Ford Dealership internship and acceptance into the major.

Special Equipment Needs

See the General Tool List and the Snap On Tool List on the Ford ASSET major web page.

Remediation Strategies

Students may enter the major with one deficiency with program coordinator's concurrence. Students deficient in MTH 004 or RDG 001 must remediate before entering any of the automotive majors. The order of remediation will be math, reading, English.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • understand the theory of the applied physical and scientific principles and technical knowledge necessary for successful employment as an automotive technician in a Ford/Lincoln dealership.
  • apply a technical skill level sufficient for entry-level employment and advancement as an automotive technician in a Ford/Lincoln dealership.
  • demonstrate adequate and appropriate workplace behaviors, and pursue on-going technical skill development, sufficient for continued employment in the field of automotive service and repair.
  • be successfully employed in the field of automotive service and repair, or successfully graduate from a four-year degree program.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
FMC110Ford Auto Fundamentals 5 
FMC120Ford Electrical Systems 5 
FMC160Ford Dealership Internship I 2 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
FMC130Ford Electronic Systems 6 
FMC140Ford Chassis Systems 4 
FMC161Ford Dealership Internship II 2 
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Summer SessionCredits
FMC145Ford Climate Control 4 
FMC162Ford Dealership Internship III 2 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
Third SemesterCredits
FMC210Ford Engine Diagnosis and Repair 4 
FMC220Ford Engine Performance 6 
FMC163Ford Dealership Internship IV 2 
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
Fourth SemesterCredits
FMC164Ford Dealership Internship V 2 
FMC230Ford Manual Power Train and 4-Wheel Drive 4 
FMC240Ford Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles 6 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 


Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).