Rowan College at Gloucester County

Automotive Technology (Ford ASSET Program) (A.A.S.)


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.

Program Goals

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

Program Classes

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.

Program Advisor
Current students please visit to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. Future students please visit to learn more about how to get started.
NOTE: Students involved with other groups (Educational Opportunity Fund, Student Athlete, etc.) report to that advisor.

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Transfer Opportunities

Through the College’s new premier partnership with Rowan University and other college partnership programs, students are admitted concurrently to Rowan College and one of its partnering universities —​ immediately beginning their studies toward an advanced degree. ​. 

In addition, the College also maintains 75 program articulation agreements with four-year institutions. After successfully completing an associate degree, students have the option to transfer to the university of their choice.

Some of students in this program have transferred to the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Students may visit the Career and Planning (CAP) Center to discuss transfer options.​

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this program will qualify for employment as:

  • Service technicians

  • Parts managers

  • Service writers

Students may find where U.S. News & World Report rates​ automotive technology careers in U.S. News' 100 Best Jobs.

Students may visit the CAP Center to discuss career options.​

The content and requirements of the program requirements may be altered at any time at the discretion of the College. The program requirements were checked for accuracy at the time of publishing but should not be considered a contract between the College and the student.