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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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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.

For more information about the ASSET-Ford program, please visit our website at

Location: Ankeny

Students start Fall semester.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement, aptitude and ability tests.
  3. Be accepted by Ford Motor Company as a participant.
  4. All program participants must be employed by a participating Ford or Lincoln dealership.

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.

Required Courses

Semester 2

Required Course(s)

Option 1 - Select 1 Course

Semester 3

Required Course(s)

Option 2 - Select 1 Course

Option 3 - Select 1 Course

Semester 4

Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree - 74

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 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 80 80 100 100
Tools (approximate) 3500 80 80  55  55

Approximate total for program: $14,932*

*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 engine analyzers, compression gauges, electrical test meters and
   computer-based diagnostic equipment.

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 Program or Career Choice?

• 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 $33,280 (2009-2010 Placement Report).

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