Car sales are down and people are beginning to realize the importance of keeping the vehicles they already have maintained. This drives up the demand for ASE Certified Technicians. The Department of Labor expects 14% growth while all other occupations together will grow by only 10%.
According to fueleconomy.gov changing a clogged air filter can save up to 10% in gas mileage while tuning an improperly tuned car 4%. That’s a 14% savings in fuel by just changing a couple of inexpensive items at the service department. The price of gasoline continues to increase yet the labor rate and the price for parts remain about the same.
Today’s automotive technician is usually required to be certified by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). These certifications are quickly becoming a necessity and provide a technician with consistent opportunity even in difficult times. This is also considered a portable occupation as automotive technicians are in demand throughout the nation.
A mechanic becomes certified when he/she passes their first ASE test. There are 8 tests in all and when a mechanic passes all 8 they become a Master Automobile Technician. The Department of Labor states that the top 10% earn $27.72 or more per hour while an average technician makes $17.54. People are trying to save money and sales are switching from the new car department to the service department.
There is a steady growth in this field while so many others are declining. It’s a good idea to get with a dealership or repair shop if you’re not already in the field. Check in the classified section of your local newspaper. Each certification will earn a technician higher pay and more prestige in the field. It’s not only important to have a good driving record to be a mechanic, it’s also important to be certified. Being ASE certified will improve your chances of landing a high paying job every time.