Jul 25, 2024  
2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog



Location(s): Urban/Des Moines

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The Automotive Student Service Educational Training program (ASSET), cosponsored by DMACC and Ford Motor Company, is a two-year automotive program designed to prepare students to be competent and professional entry-level Ford or Lincoln dealership technicians. The curriculum, designed by Ford Motor Company and DMACC, leads to the Associate degree in Automotive Technology and Ford Technician Training Certification. The program involves classroom lecture, laboratory experience and dealership work experience. To earn this degree, all ATF and AUT courses must be taken by a Ford Approved and certified instructor.

Program Details

Pathway: Building Trades & Transportation

More information on this Pathway.

Students start Fall semester

Graduation Requirements

To earn an ASSET-Ford AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 or higher grade point average.  All ATF and AUT courses must be taken by a Ford Approved and certified instructor.

Semester 3

Option 1 - Select one Course

Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree - 73

*Total credits are calculated using the least number of credits needed to satisfy the option requirements.

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$193.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5
Books (approximate)  220 250 80 100 0
Tools (approximate) 3500 80 80  55  55

Approximate total for program: $18,509**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Will work in a Ford Motor Company dealership service department.
  • Service automobiles to keep them from developing mechanical problems (preventive maintenance).
  • Diagnose vehicle problems so repairs can be made.
  • Make systematic examinations, adjustments; repair and replace defective parts of cars and trucks.
  • Use different kinds of testing equipment, such as electrical test meters, computer-based diagnostic scan tools, refrigeration diagnostic machine, engine and transmission diagnostic gauges and precision measuring tools.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Use your hands to do technical and manipulative skills with accuracy.
  • Use hand tools and interpret readings from meters, gauges and computers.
  • Establish effective interpersonal relations with customers and coworkers.
  • Read and understand technical information accessed online and from technical manuals.
  • Ability to diagnose problems and take proper remedial measures.
  • Lift and carry objects up to 60 lbs

What Else Should I Consider about this Degree program?

  • Graduates may need to relocate in order to secure employment.
  • Basic math and reading skills are a must.
  • Students must provide own hand tools (at the beginning of the program), approximate cost $3,500.
  • Desire to get most out of coursework as possible.
  • Average starting salary $35,400 (2014-2015 Placement Report).

Program Competencies

  1. Demonstrate the ability to work with others in a safe, professional, respectful, and constructive environment
  2. Use verbal and written information as required by the industry to effectively communicate with customers, coworkers, and employers
  3. Perform preventative maintenance checks and services to industry standards
  4. Repair vehicle systems according to industry and vehicle manufacturer specifications and standards
  5. Evaluate vehicle systems using manufacturers’ published diagnostics
  6. Demonstrate the ability to operate diagnostic and repair equipment
  7. Complete the required Ford training

Competencies revised date


Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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