Welcome to the Automotive Technology
(Ford ASSET) program!
Next cohort to start in September 2023
Application Deadline: May 25, 2023
Admissions Decisions Sent: June 16, 2023
The Automotive Technology program is a joint venture involving three cooperating participants: Rowan College of South Jersey, Gloucester County Institute of Technology, and the Ford Motor Company. Ford supports 38 other such programs throughout the United States under the name of ASSET (Automotive Student Service Educational Training).
ASSET at RCSJ is a 24-month curriculum. The Automotive Technology classes, which include lecture and hands-on shop experiences, are held at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology. Supportive liberal arts courses, including mathematics, science and computer classes, are held on the RCSJ campus. Both institutions are located adjacent on Tanyard Road in Sewell, New Jersey.
The Automotive Technology courses cover bumper-to-bumper technical training on Ford automotive products, including the latest developments in engines, ignitions and fuel systems, on-board electronics, and computerized engine controls. All students who are admitted and successfully complete the two-year program will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Automotive Technology.
The program is divided into four semesters. Ten-twelve week sessions of classroom and shop experience alternate with ten-twelve weeks of internship/cooperative education at participating Ford/Lincoln dealerships in the Delaware Valley. The incorporation of the internships allows students to apply their classroom training in a real-work setting. Additionally, students become familiar with the dealership environment and organizational structure, as well as the competencies expected of a professional automotive technician. Students are paid a salary for their work experiences at the dealerships during their internship periods.