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During a time when skilled technicians are in high demand but in short supply, people like Luke Franta are an inspiration to the rising generation.
At just 23-years-old, Luke is not only an ASE certified technician, he’s also the founder of two businesses—Franta’s Auto Care and Franta’s Automotive. He also personally services and sells vehicles in Atascedero, California.
Considering that Luke first started working on cars at 18, it’s remarkable how much he has learned and accomplished in just five years.
To become ASE certified, Luke mastered the mechanics, systems, parts and equipment for automobiles and trucks. A combination of schooling, reading, YouTube videos and hands-on experience at his local shop helped him gain automotive knowledge beyond his years.
Luke’s success demonstrates that age is not a preventive when it comes to pursuing a passion and a career.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to supply the automotive repair industry with knowledgeable, skilled and honest technicians. Their certifications help set a standard of excellence throughout the nation’s auto dealerships, service centers and repair shops.
ASE certifications are not required to work in the auto repair industry. However, most technicians put in the effort to earn their certification because it helps instill trust in their abilities, which can benefit their careers.
Preparing to take the ASE certification exams is a minimum two-year process.
The combination of classroom and on-the-job learning is absolutely necessary. Both types of learning are required to pass the ASE certification exams.
In a test setting, it’s not enough only to have hands-on experience. Understanding the concepts and how they are explained on paper is necessary to passing the certification exam.
Following registration, test takers must coordinate a visit to their nearest testing center. ASE testing centers are located in multiple cities across all fifty states.
On exam day, registrants are guaranteed a challenge as they take on the collective knowledge and experience of a panel of industry veterans. A third of most test-taking groups don’t pass on their first attempt.
Once the exams are passed, ASE certified technicians get a five-year break before they need to take another test to recertify. Those who wish to keep their certifications must pass the exams every five years for the duration of their careers.
Universal Technical Institute’s automotive technology program is Master Certified by ASE. The coursework is designed to prepare students for their certification exams by providing them with adequate knowledge and hands-on training in the automotive lab.
Working in the labs can substitute one of the two years of on-the-job experience that are required to become ASE certified.
Build the foundation for a successful career at UTI. Click here to learn more about preparing for ASE certification through the automotive technology program.
You can work as a mechanic without ASE certification, but having it distinguishes you from other technicians. It also helps improve employability.
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12) Based on data compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections (2016-2026), www.bls.gov, viewed October 24, 2017. The projected number of annual job openings, by job classification is: Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, 75,900; Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists, 28,300; Automotive Body and Related Repairers, 17,200. Job openings include openings due to growth and net replacements.
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