Repairing and maintaining today's vehicles requires an understanding of the technology that goes into a modern motor vehicle. ASE is short for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. The ASE Exists to test and certify automotive professionals so that shop owners and service customers can have confidence in a technicians level of expertise before contracting the technician's services.
An ASE Certified Technician uses correct safety procedures, practices correct use of tools and equipment. They know how to use an engine code scan tool and interpret the results. Automotive technicians diagnose, tune-up and repair engines, repair problems with brakes, suspension, steering, transmission, axles, and fuel systems. In addition to passing an ASE Certification test, automotive technicians must have two years of on the job training.
Another Automotive Technician certification organization is the NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation). The NATEF's mission is to improve the quality of automotive technician training programs nationwide. NATEF examines the structure, resources and quality of training programs and evaluates them against standards that reflect the skills that students must master to be successful in the industry.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of automotive service technicians is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024 and job opportunities for qualified jobseekers should be good. Automotive Technicians earn between $38,000 and $44,000 annually.