Automotive Service Technicians (AST) are proficient in using computerized diagnostic equipment to test, adjust and repair key vehicle components such as engines, steering systems, braking systems, drive trains, vehicle suspensions and electrical systems. With the Ford ASSET Option, you not only receive your credentials as an Automotive Service Technician, you also receive specialized training focused on Ford products and complete Ford accredited courses. The Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) program is nationally accredited by Ford Motor Company for the exclusive use of their dealer personnel.
Ford dealers sponsor ASSET students during their work terms, so you not only gain real world experience, but you also receive a wage, and are given the opportunity to demonstrate your skills. You may even have a job lined up upon graduation. Many employers hire trainees once they graduate from the program.
This specialized training program has been designed to provide you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills needed to diagnose and repair the sophisticated systems found in contemporary Ford motor vehicles. The administrative and business training components of the program provide you with laddering opportunities for advancement to management positions in the industry and/or advanced studies leading to a university degree.
An Articulation Agreement with Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, is in place which provides graduates with advanced placement in their engineering technology degree. This will allow you to transfer into the Bachelor of Science Program in Automotive Engineering Technology.
This program consists of three 16-week academic terms at BCIT alternating with two, 16-week co-op work terms in a Ford dealership facility.
On successful completion of the program, you will receive an Automotive Service Technician (AST) Diploma and credit towards all four levels of technical training requirements in the Provincial AST Apprenticeship program. You may also receive credit for up to two years toward the four-year apprenticeship time service requirement, at the discretion of your employer.
Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.
Throughout British Columbia and Canada, there is a serious shortage of skilled and certified automotive service technicians, who are specialized in Ford products. As a result, independent Ford dealers are seeking trained professionals and current job placement prospects are good.
The median salary for our graduates is in the range of $2,500 per month. AST graduates who go on to complete their apprenticeship training may earn approximately $50,000 per year. Graduates who aspire to top industry positions may earn salaries in the range of $60,000-plus per year.
BCIT School of Transportation has partnered with Ford Motor Company to provide Ford-sponsored training. In addition to the Automotive Service Technician program, students will receive training, exposure and focus on the Ford product.
Interested potential candidates should contact their local Ford dealer, or get in touch with the BCIT Ford ASSET coordinator, Erwin Zeitner at 604-432-8240.
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