College isn’t for everyone. If your child is interested in a career that’s hands-on, in-demand and lucrative – but doesn’t require a four-year degree, there are many options right here in the Motor City. Through Ford’s Technical Career Entry Programs students receive unique professional-development opportunities through specialized training that helps cultivate the necessary skills they need to succeed in an automotive mechanic career.
Over the years, there’s been huge push for students to obtain a four-year-college degree, which means there’s been less of a focus on skilled trades. But, as the baby boomers are headed into retirement, there’s now a high demand for people to fill various positions within the automotive industry. In fact, Ford will hire several thousand auto technical employees to fill that void in upcoming years.
“We need eagar people who really want to do this as a career,” says Shane Nelson, parts and services operations manager for the Detroit regional office. “If someone has the aptitude, there are fantastic careers in automotive dealerships.”
In an effort to attract and retain quality people, Nelson says the Southeast Michigan Ford Dealers have invested significantly in their dealerships by offering the latest tools, equipment and training.
If your student is interested in getting his or her foot in the door at a Ford factory or a Ford dealership – or hoping to get a better understanding of the automotive industry and all it has to offer – one of Ford’s Technical Career Entry Programs could be the perfect fit.
Automotive Student Service Education Training, also known as ASSET, is a paid internship that combines classroom learning with hands-on experience at a Ford dealership over the course of two years. Students will receive an associate degree at the end of this training, plus earn specialty training credentials in steering and suspension, brake systems, new model training and more.
During the Ford Accelerated Credential Training, or FACT, students spend one year learning about general automotive information, plus receive training in climate control, gasoline engine repair and performance, electrical systems and more. In addition, they participate in a 15-week course with Ford-focused curriculum. Through this program, they will receive an Auto Tech Certificate. In addition, due to its partnership with Universal Technical Institute, this program offers opportunities for employment after graduation nationwide.
Those interested in participating in the Maintenance & Light Repair program, known as MLR, will spend nine to 12 months training in a Ford factory. During that time, students are preparing for an entry-level technician position at a Ford dealership or a Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center. Through this program, students receive an Auto Tech Certificate.
Ford’s Automotive Career Exploration, also known as ACE, is a program that helps raise awareness and spark interest in career opportunities within the automotive industry. It’s a partnership that Ford Motor Company and the Ford dealerships have with secondary and post-secondary schools. Any school can participate in this free program, but must be sponsored by a local Ford dealership.
For more information on the Technical Career Entry Programs with Southeast Michigan Ford Dealers, visit newfordtech.com.