The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Ford Trains 8,000 on Aluminum F-150 Production

February 24, 2015

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford is putting 8,000 of its workers through an intensive training program to support production of the 2015 F-150 full-size pickup at its Kansas City Assembly Plant. The new training program was prompted by the switch from steel-bodied F-150 construction to the new aluminum alloy body, according to the automaker. 

The program consists of more than 400 hours of in-class and hands-on courses, and covers topics from installing and configuring new equipment for the production line to constructing the truck’s advanced electrical control system, according to Ford.

The training for Dearborn Truck Plant and Kansas City Plant workers started in May 2013. One unique aspect to the program is the “train-the-trainer” side where Ford employees learn and teach their own coworkers.

“Through this program, we have armed both our skilled trades and production workers with the skills necessary to produce the next generation of vehicle technology,” said Aris Janitens, Ford Launch Planning and Work Force Readiness manager. “Our workers now are able to deal with the latest in automotive manufacturing technology and, as a result, keep production on schedule to deliver best-in-class, quality trucks to our customers.”

Dearborn’s renovation was its largest manufacturing transformation in decades, according to the automaker, with Ford installing new press lines, new hydroforming lines, a new chemical and heat-treat area, a closed-top aluminum recycling system, and other technology.

Production of the all-new F-150 will start in Kansas City by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

The company says with both plants up and running Ford will have the capacity to produce more than 700,000 F-150 pickups per year for availability of in 90 markets globally.

Twitter Facebook Google+


Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:

  1. 1. Art Meyer [ February 26, 2015 @ 11:25AM ]

    In your story could you have put a link to the qualified service centers ford has or please send me one if it is available.


Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.


Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Sponsored by

XL Hybrids is a developer and provider of hybrid-electric solutions for the commercial vehicle market.

Read more

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher