TOP 10 TIPS FOR AUTO TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS FROM
ASE-CERTIFIED MASTER TECHNICIANS
ASE-certified master technicians
were surveyed for their advice to students who want to become
automotive service professionals. The following tips are a compilation
of the responses.
- Education, Education, Education –
Continue your education and develop strong math, reading, study
skills, and computer skills. A strong background in electronics
- Take advantage of on-the-job training,
co-op, or apprenticeship opportunities – Get all the training
you can and start in a work environment that caters to service
- Keep abreast of new technology –
Make a commitment to life-long learning. There is constant change
in technology so take advantage of additional training whenever
it is available.
- Learn a systems approach –Vehicles
today are complex so it is necessary to understand the interaction
of electrical and mechanical components within the total system.
Learn how to understand the whole system and you can apply this
knowledge across the spectrum of vehicles.
- Develop good communication skills
– Learn not only the professional and technical skills but also
communication and people skills. Your credibility is linked
to your perceived competence.
- Keep a positive attitude – Develop
a positive outlook so that you perform proper repairs. Apply
yourself – you get exactly as much out of your job as you put
- Take pride in your work – Work on
every car as if it were your own. Whatever you do - do it well,
it’s your signature.
- Be honest and ethical – Stay focused
on what is most important, practice good work ethics, be dependable
and honest, and fix it right the first time.
- Cultivate professionalism in yourself
and others – Act professionally, take pride in your appearance
as well as in the shop area. Be a positive role model for others.
Show up for work every day and always be on time.
- Become ASE-certified – Certification
gives you an edge when you are seeking employment. Your confidence,
sense of self-worth, and ability to get a job almost anywhere
are improved once you become certified. ASE certification shows
your employer that you have proven your technical expertise
and that you are among the group of the very best technicians.
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