The Automotive Technology program is a cooperative agreement between Rowan College, the Gloucester County Institute of Technology and the Ford Motor Company. The associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree is a full-time, two-year program composed of five 20-week semesters. Alternating 10-week sessions of classroom/laboratory instruction and internship at a local Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealership provide theory and practice, in addition to hands-on experience, that qualify graduates for gainful employment as service technicians.
Students who have completed the program will be able to:
Safely and competently work in an automotive repair facility
Understand all eight National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence areas of automotive technology, regardless of manufacturer. These include electrical, brakes, steering, power-train controls, automatic transmissions and others
Diagnose and fix all major automotive systems
Demonstrate social skills and a high level of professionalism
This is a selective admissions program, which is a competitive admittance process where students must be accepted before registering for program classes.
The Automotive Technology (Ford ASSET) program accepts a limited number of students per year. Applicants who best meet the qualifications will be admitted until the program is filled. Interested students must submit an application to the Rowan College Admissions Office.
Students are required to:
Be 18 years of age or older by the time they are scheduled for their first work assignment at a dealership
Be a high school graduate or equivalent
Meet Rowan College general admission and academic requirements
Possess and maintain a valid driver's license
Be able to pass a random drug test during the dealership interview process
Students may download the Program Requirements to view a semester-by-semester breakdown of the required classes and electives for this program.
The RCGC Catalog provides class descriptions.
The Class Schedule Listing shows the availability of classes for each semester.
Current students please visit rcgc.edu/advisement to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. Future students please visit
rcgc.edu/appointments to learn more about how to get started.
NOTE: Students involved with other groups (Educational Opportunity Fund, Student Athlete, etc.) report to that advisor.