Department of Highways, District 11
Highway District 11 Honors Its ASE Certified Technicians

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 12, 2006  
Contact Information:  Sandy Rudder
Public Information Officer
606-598-2145
Sandy.Rudder@ky.gov
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 


MANCHESTER, KY (June 12, 2006) – Today in recognition of National Automotive Service Professionals Week celebrated June 12-18, Highway District 11 honored its ASE  Certified Technicians by hosting a social at the Riverside Park in Manchester, near the District 11 Office.   ASE is the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a non-profit organization established in 1972 by the automotive industry to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive repair technicians.

We are proud to have such specialized technicians maintaining our equipment in District 11,” said Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert, “these employees have excelled in the academic and occupational testing programs in order to become ASE certified technicians.”  

The motor vehicle repair industry has taken on a new sophistication, it requires advanced technical training and computer literacy.  Today’s automotive technicians must have:

• Thorough knowledge of automotive systems and components
• Good computer skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Above average mechanical aptitude
• Good reasoning ability, ability to read and follow instructions
• Manual dexterity

Tests are grouped into specialties for automobile, medium/heavy truck, truck equipment and collision repair technicians as well as engine machinists, alternate fuels technicians and parts specialists.  The five required areas for certification are: Diesel Engines, Suspension & Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems and Preventive Maintenance Inspection.  Certification in Drive Train & Heating, Ventilation & Air conditioning in addition to the five are required to become Master Certified. 

“Our ASE certified Technicians have been tested for one or more of ASE’s 40-plus exams,” said Greene L. Keith, District 11 Chief District Engineer. “Upon passing at least one exam and providing proof of 2 years of relevant work experience they become ASE certified.” 

 To remain certified, employees with ASE credentials must re-test every 5 years.  Until now, employees were responsible for payment to maintain their ASE certification.  Through the efforts of Secretary Nighbert, Governor Ernie Fletcher’s administration has approved payment of ASE certification for these deserving employees. 

Currently, thirteen (13) employees are ASE Certified and work through out District 11 which includes Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie and Whitley County.  Four (4) employees are certified as Master Technicians.

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Front Row L to R:  George Lewis, William Doug Quillen, Hobert Brown, Doug Walker, Ronnie Sizemore and Onnie Meadows

Back Row L to R:  Harold Hoskins, Terry Bill -  Equipment Supervisor, Kenneth Clark, Gregory Dewees, Tim Gibbs and William D. Cornelius

Absent from Photo:  Carl Ray Jones, George Davis, Coolidge Sargent, Todd Fuson, Leon Hinkle and Kevin Lawson