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Career FAQs

You might have some questions about starting work at Ford, so we have some answers.

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When Ford has a salaried opening in the United States, the position will be listed on our jobs website. The required skills and educational background are listed on the job description. You can register, upload your resume and apply for jobs directly on the site.

We hire interns, Co-ops, Ford College Graduates (FCGs) and direct hires. Please visit our jobs website to view open positions.

For careers listings outside the U.S., visit our Global Sites page to view postings in your country.

At Ford Motor Company, hourly production hiring is decentralized; it is the responsibility of each individual facility, based on the operational requirements of that location. When hiring needs occur for hourly production workers, manufacturing facilities use the local state employment service (i.e., Michigan Works agency in the state of Michigan) as a source of candidates. Job seekers are encouraged to register at the state employment service office nearest the Ford facilities where they are interested in working. Job seekers also should update their registration periodically.

Note that in accordance with collective bargaining agreement provisions, Ford hourly job opportunities (such as those mentioned in the public media from time to time) must first be presented to current Ford employees – including those on layoff or facing layoff – before external hiring can occur.

If you are interested in being considered for skilled trades openings, we recommend you follow our Facebook and Twitter pages via the links below. All candidates must have completed a bona fide apprenticeship program - or have either eight years of previous experience or a combination of previous work experience and training equivalent to a bona fide apprenticeship program. Qualified job seekers are encouraged to visit the online sources frequently and register at the state employment service office nearest the Ford facilities where they are interested in working.

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Each department within Ford has identified skills and abilities valued in its workforce. Please refer to the Careers section for more details on desired attributes by department. Overall, Ford values employees who understand and have a passion for our business and our customers. Other characteristics we value (not an exhaustive list):

  • Initiative, integrity and good corporate citizenship
  • Sound decision-making using facts and data
  • Continuous improvement philosophy and practice
  • Inclusion mindset: respect, listen to, help and appreciate others
  • Belief in skilled and motivated people working together

As the automotive industry continues to grow, job opportunities are increasing. Technicians require computer and mechanical skills using sophisticated testing equipment to diagnose vehicles. Ford is committed to helping our Dealerships recruit and retain the best automotive service technicians. To accomplish this, we offer Ford-specific training programs at community colleges across the country to teach the skills that will lead to a solid career path starting as a Ford/Lincoln Automotive Technician.

Please visit Ford’s Technical Career Entry Program’s website,, to learn more about our programs.

Start dates are determined by each department and are specific to its particular needs and the needs of the new hire. For recent college graduates, start dates are based on their graduation dates. Some departments (e.g., Marketing, Sales & Service; Manufacturing; Human Resources) require start dates that address placement in various locations throughout the regions within the U.S.

Each skill team has a specific rotation program that provides unique opportunities to allow the Ford College Graduates to gain new skills and experiences that will allow for growth and learning. The rotation duration and details vary by skill team to ensure those enrolled receive the maximum benefit of being in the program.

Most positions within the U.S. are based in the Dearborn, Michigan, area. Some departments (e.g., Marketing, Sales & Service; Manufacturing; Human Resources) may require placement in various locations throughout the U.S., in addition to maintaining positions within the Dearborn area. For example, some manufacturing and human resources positions are located in our assembly or parts plants throughout the country, as well as in Michigan.

Please view our Global Sites page to find postings in countries outside the U.S.

For detailed steps on how to apply for salaried positions, click here.

Yes. The U.S. Ford Summer Internship Program offers students hands-on, career-specific experience by providing full-time work during the summer break, from mid-May through the beginning of September. Summer interns have generally completed their junior year of an undergraduate program or one academic year of a Master's program and are expecting to graduate the following year. Individuals are selected for a summer internship because they are recognized as having top academic standing with exceptional leadership, communication and self-motivation skills. All intern positions are posted on the Careers website.

The summer intern work plan is developed by the supervisor and is department specific. The general work plan consists of a project description, three to five measureable objectives, three to five major contributions and expected benefits to the intern.

Interns who prove themselves to be exceptional may be offered full-time employment into our Ford College Graduate (FCG) program or other developmental programs if opportunity permits. Receiving an offer of employment with Ford depends on many variables including the needs of the department doing the hiring, the overall outcome of the intern's performance, the recommendation of the supervisor and the timeframe during which the intern will be eligible for full-time employment.

We strive to make our internship assignments as meaningful as possible, and doing so means aligning assignments with current business needs. Therefore, assignments are not finalized until mid-April. You will be notified by your Intern Coordinator once your assignment is finalized.


Questions regarding completion of time sheets and/or paycheck discrepancies must be directed to

All overtime must be pre-approved by your supervisor. Overtime premium of time and one-half will be paid for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. Daily overtime (work beyond eight hours in a day) will be paid at a straight time rate until 40 hours have been worked in a week.

Your immediate supervisor must concur in your taking time off for personal reasons. Concurrence should be obtained in advance of the event. If an emergency situation occurs and you are unable to report to work, call your supervisor immediately.

Yes, regardless of whether or not you claim "exempt" from the state's taxes, taxes will be deducted from your pay. If you live in a state (permanent residence) that has a reciprocal agreement with the state in which you work, a portion of your state (work location) taxes will be paid to the state in which you permanently reside. States with reciprocal agreements with Michigan are Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. When you file your home state tax return, be sure to indicate that you DID pay taxes in another state (e.g., Michigan). You will also need to file a state tax return for the state in which you worked. Forms can be obtained through your local tax bureau or by contacting the Secretary of the Treasury for that state. If you worked in a state other than Michigan, check with your local Human Resources office. It is imperative that you update your current address using HRONLINE to reflect your permanent address at the end of your internship.

Your W-2 form will be mailed to your current address of record by February 1 of the year following your internship. If you have not received your W-2 form by February 15th and did not work in a plant, contact HRPP at 800-248-4444. If you worked in a plant or parts distribution center, contact the Salaried Personnel Office at that location. If HRPP or your Salaried Personnel Office cannot assist you, please send a fax with your name, social security number, address, and the year of the tax form requested to (313) 594-4237, and a duplicate W-2 will be mailed to you.

Casual dress is attire that you may wear at social gatherings away from work or what you might wear around the house, to a picnic, etc. Therefore, casual dress can be much more relaxed than the business casual clothing that is expected in the workplace. Acceptable business casual clothing includes sweaters, blouses, skirts, sport shirts, slacks and appropriate jeans. The company expects employees to use good judgment and professionalism when they dress for work.

Your on-boarding specialist will provide instructions for scheduling your Health History and Drug Screen.

We’re excited about your interest in joining the Ford Family!

If you have questions about our recruiting process, please email us at You can always check the status of your application by logging into your account.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for the online application process due to a disability, please call 1-888-336-0660. Be sure to include your contact information and details about the posted position of interest. We will return only those inquiries requesting online application assistance for those individuals with a disability.

Please click here to login to your profile.

Depending on position, a pre-employment drug screen may be required. Positions in manufacturing facilities or those included in collective bargaining agreements are examples of those positions that may require a drug test. If you have questions about a specific position, please talk to a Talent Acquisition team member.