Ford ASSET Option Full-time/Cooperative Education Diploma 1290ttdipl


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.

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.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

*Sponsorship may be possible for students accepted into the program, once the first academic term of the program has been completed.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • A drivers licence is not required to enter the program. However, it is strongly recommended in order to move vehicles in and out of the shops.
  • Potential students with medical or physical disabilities should contact the Disability Resource Centre to arrange an interview with the institute's rehabilitation specialist at 604-451-6963 (telephone interview is acceptable for out of town applicants).
  • Applicants are encouraged to attend an Automotive Information Session for additional Apprenticeship and program details.

Trades Discovery
The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

May each year.

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $970
Level 2: $590
Level 3: $280

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

CSA approved safety glasses and footwear required. Footwear must be steel-toed, leather, ankle covering boots.

Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Class hours

0730–1400, Monday through Friday

Note: The established hours of instruction are 0730 to 1400, but the scheduling of academic courses may require some courses to be scheduled outside of the established hours.

Program matrix

Term 1 Credits
  ASTP 1200 Math 1 2.5
  ASTP 1201 Physics 1 2.5
  ASTP 1202 Communications 1 2.5
  ASTP 1203 Automotive Business Administration 2.5
  ASTP 1211 Workplace Safety 1.0
  ASTP 1212 Welding 1.0
  ASTP 1213 Automotive Shop Tools and Equipment 2.5
  ASTP 1215 Automotive Wheels, Hubs, Tires, and Bearings 2.5
  ASTP 1220 Automotive Suspension Systems 2.0
  ASTP 1225 Automotive Steering Systems 3.5
  ASTP 1230 Automotive Brake Systems 4.0
  ASTP 1235 Automotive Electrical Systems 3.0
  ASTP 1240 Automotive Maintenance and Inspection 2.0
  ASTP 1990 Co-op 1 16.0
  ASTP 2315 Automotive Computer Operation 1.0
Term 2 Credits
  ASTP 2300 Math 2 2.5
  ASTP 2301 Physics 2 2.5
  ASTP 2302 Customer Relations and Sales 2.5
  ASTP 2303 Automotive Business Practices 2.5
  ASTP 2321 Automotive Engine Repair 6.0
  ASTP 2330 Automotive Engine Support Systems 1.0
  ASTP 2335 Automotive Starting Systems 1.5
  ASTP 2340 Automotive Charging Systems 1.5
  ASTP 2990 Co-op 2 16.0
  ASTP 3410 Automotive Fuel Delivery Systems 2.0
  ASTP 3415 Introduction to Lab Scopes 0.5
  ASTP 3422 Automotive Electronic Fuel Management Systems 1.5
  ASTP 3425 Automotive Diesel Fuel Systems 1.0
  ASTP 3445 HRAI ODS Handling 0.5
  ASTP 3450 Automotive Air Conditioning Systems 2.5
  ASTP 3455 Automotive Body Electrical Systems 2.5
  ASTP 3465 Automotive Safety Systems 1.5
Term 3 Credits
  ASTP 3400 Communications 2 2.5
  ASTP 3401 Accounting Essentials 2.5
  ASTP 3402 Automotive Business Planning 2.5
  ASTP 3403 Automotive Fuel and Emissions Chemistry 3.0
  ASTP 3430 Automotive Clutches and Manual Transmissions 2.5
  ASTP 3435 Automotive AWD Systems 1.5
  ASTP 3440 Automotive Automatic Transmissions 4.0
  ASTP 3460 Automotive Ignition Systems 3.0
  ASTP 3475 Drivelines and Final Drives 2.0
  ASTP 4515 Automotive Electronic Diesel Fuel Systems 1.0
  ASTP 4520 Automotive Emission Control Systems 3.0
  ASTP 4525 Emerging Automotive Technologies 1.0
  ASTP 4530 Advanced Engine Management Systems 4.0
Total Credits: 129.0

Transfer credit

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.

Program Details

Program length

Two years (80 weeks), full-time

Term 1 - 16 weeks in school, 16 weeks co-op
Term 2 - 16 weeks in school, 16 weeks co-op
Term 3 - 16 weeks in school


All courses must be passed in order to successfully complete the program. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Industry training authority

BCIT transfers the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation program to the Industry Training Authority (ITA). This information is used for the purposes of tracking successful completions in order to grant credit towards apprenticeship where applicable, and communicating with trainees to promote continuation in an apprenticeship program.

Co-operative education

This is a cooperative education program that combines academic terms with paid cooperative work terms. Cooperative education is not an option but an integral part of this program, subject to the same performance criteria as the program itself.

While co-op coordinators assist with job placements for students, it must be recognized that during certain periods of the business cycle, job placements may be difficult to find. It is then the responsibility of the student to work with the coordinator (and on his/her own) to find a meaningful work experience.

The complete cooperative education policy including student, Institute and employer responsibilities is available through the Centre for Workplace Education (Co-op) office and the Registrar's Office.

For more information, please visit the Centre for Workplace Education (Co-op), located in Building NW5 at the Burnaby campus.

Co-op coordinator: 604-432-8291
General Inquiries: 604-432-8634

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

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.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Contact Us

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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