Ford FACT Program Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Feb 4, 2020 ·
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Known for its American roots, rich history and innovative vehicles, Ford is a company that has and continues to revolutionize the automotive industry. From the original Model T to its modern-day cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers and hybrids, Ford has remained on the cutting edge of technology and become an iconic brand.

Due to Ford’s reputation in the industry, it’s no surprise that technicians across the country choose to work for its dealerships. This is why 20 years ago, Universal Technical Institute teamed up with Ford Motor Company to create the Ford Accelerated Credential Training (FACT) program, 15 weeks of specialized training designed to equip aspiring technicians with the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to excel in a career with Ford.1

Since 2000, students have had the opportunity to train on Ford’s breakthrough technology in UTI’s labs nationwide. This milestone represents 20 years of preparing students to enter the pipeline of qualified technicians ready to work in the more than 3,100 Ford and Lincoln dealerships across the U.S.

Keep reading to learn more about the Ford FACT program, its history, the evolution of technology and more.

The Relationship between Ford and UTI

The relationship between Ford and UTI dates to 1999. UTI’s Vice President of Industries at the time and a representative from Ford met at a conference and dreamed up ways they could work together. What started as a simple handshake and an idea on a napkin turned into what we now know as the Ford FACT program.

The program launched at UTI Avondale and eventually expanded to 9 campuses across the nation. Over the course of 20 years, the relationship between UTI and Ford has evolved drastically as the two companies have created an incredible program that has stood the test of time. Today, the Ford FACT program has trained more than 26,000 students for careers in the industry.

Ford FACT Program from 2000 at Universal Technical Institute

About the Ford FACT Program

UTI’s Ford FACT provides authorized Ford Motor Company technician training that can prepare you to jump-start your career in the industry. In just 15 weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to train on a wide variety of models made by Ford. Along the way, you’ll earn valuable credentials that can help you achieve Master Tech status.

In order to qualify for this program, students must first complete their core Automotive Technology training. This provides them with a strong foundation of automotive knowledge before diving into the specifics of Ford’s technology.

The focused and accelerated Ford FACT program covers a wide variety of topics in a short period of time. You’ll be exposed to the advancements in auto manufacturing, learn exact repair procedures, and use the same types of diagnostic and testing equipment that Ford dealerships provide their own technicians. As you train, you’ll have access to Ford’s breakthrough technology, including SYNC with MyFord Touch systems and training in computer diagnostics.

Your program starts with Ford boot camp, which takes a comprehensive approach to improving your diagnostic skills. You’ll also get an up close look at Ford’s diesel engines, fuel injection and direct injection turbo engines. In addition, you’ll train on current models like the Lincoln Continental equipped with the latest technology package.

In addition to receiving the training you need, you’ll also have the opportunity to make valuable connections in the industry. Ford FACT students can attend exclusive Ford dealer hiring events where dealers from around the country meet students on campus. Some even give select students employment offers on the spot! 

Quick Facts about the Program  

5 Reasons to Choose Ford FACT

If you’re considering continuing your education with specialized training, think about Ford FACT. Here are 5 top reasons to choose this program:  

  1. Tools & Equipment: As a student, you will train in state-of-the industry labs equipped with the same tools and technology used by today’s technicians. You’ll have access to more than $10 million worth of Ford-specific vehicles, tools, training aids and equipment in UTI labs across the country.
  2. Passionate Instructors: UTI instructors are much more than just teachers. They’re mentors. As you train, your instructors will be there to guide and support you as you prepare for a career as a technician.
  3. Gain In-Demand Skills: The automotive industry needs technicians. As a student in the Ford FACT program, you’ll gain the skills and credentials valued by today’s employers. In addition to earning 80+ eLearning credentials and 11 Ford specialty credentials, your coursework will take you through Ford FACT Electrical Diagnosis Boot Camp, and Ford Quick Service and Light Repair instructor-led training.
  4. Build Your Network: Connections go a long way in this industry. As a UTI student, you’ll have the opportunity to build relationships with your instructors, as well as other students who share your same passion! In the Ford FACT program, you’ll also have access to Ford dealer exclusive hiring events where you can meet prospective employers.
  5. Career Opportunities: One of the many potential benefits of pursuing a career as a technician is the job stability and wide variety of career opportunities. Ford FACT is well-known in the industry, so as a graduate, you could benefit from the program’s long-standing reputation as you apply for jobs.

How Have Changes In Technology Impacted the Program?

Over the course of the past 20 years, technology in the automotive industry and at Ford has rapidly evolved—and the technology used in Ford FACT labs has evolved right with it.  

In order to stay up to speed with the current technology, the curriculum followed in the FACT program has undergone many changes based on Ford’s direction.

For example, the program length started at just 9 weeks, changed to 12 weeks and eventually became 15 weeks. This occurred due to UTI adding more curriculum to accommodate new vehicles and engines, like the 6.7L and 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engines. 

Ford FACT was created to prepare technicians for careers in today’s industry. As the requirements and demands of dealership technicians change, so do the expectations for students enrolled in the program. Students train with the same tools and diagnostic equipment used in dealerships across the country, which helps give them a leg up when they walk into their first job.

Ford FACT students at Universal Technical Institute in Avondale Arizona


What Does The Future Hold?

The Ford FACT program has certainly made its mark on the industry in the last 20 years, and its impact doesn’t stop there. The demand for skilled technicians is high, and UTI and Ford will continue to play a significant role in fulfilling this need for employers across the country.

According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, the industry needs to replace approximately 76,000 technicians each year to keep pace with retirements and new jobs in the sector. However, schools are only graduating about 37,000 new technicians—leaving an annual shortage of 39,000 trained technicians.

In addition to the FACT program, Ford also offers a variety of other programs and resources through New Ford Tech that teach the skills needed to start a career as a Ford/Lincoln automotive technician. This means students looking to start their career with Ford have plenty of options when it comes to completing their training.

Ford FACT graduates have gone on to reach exciting achievements in their careers. Some grads have advanced to service manager and director roles, and others have even earned spots on technician review panels and are the voices representing the 33,000 technicians in Ford and Lincoln dealerships across the country.

The last 20 years have been incredible, and it wouldn’t be possible without the teamwork between UTI and Ford along with the passion of the students who have taken the FACT program. Ford and UTI are looking forward to reaching new heights in the years to come!

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A career in the automotive industry might be closer than you think. To learn more about UTI’s Automotive Technology training program and the Ford FACT program, visit our website today to answer a few questions so an Admissions Representative can get in touch with you.

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