Over the spring semester, the Automotive Import Technology program began using a dry erase board to track how many National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) tests each student in the program completed. This was an effort to motivate them to pass as many tests as possible before they graduate from Ranken.
The ASE promotes excellence in automotive repair and service in an effort to protect the automotive service consumer, shop owner, and the automotive technician. The institute tests and certifies automotive professionals so that shop owners and service customers can better gauge a technician’s level of expertise before contracting the technician’s services and so that the automotive technician professional can
offer tangible proof of their technical knowledge.
The Automotive Import Technology program will have 13 graduates this year. Six of these students have achieved the status of ASE Master Technician, which requires them to pass eight of the tests. Automotive Import Technology student Brandon Brown went above and beyond, completing nine tests.
“These students all had dealership jobs from the start of the program, but the end result of having all of their ASE Certifications will earn higher status within their manufacturer training (expert level for Toyota rather than just certified) and give them bargaining power for higher wages upon graduation,”
said Honda PACT and Toyota T-TEN Instructor Robert Callanan.