As technology advances, so do the skills needed for maintenance and repair of most automobiles. An ASE master technician is a highly qualified automobile service technician who passes a series of exams administered by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Becoming an ASE master technician requires at least a year of professional experience, preparation for testing and passing several exams in a specific automotive discipline.
Obtain training or experience as a mechanic. Before testing for the ASE master technician certification, you must obtain either accredited vocational training and one year of relevant work experience or two years of relevant work experience without accredited training. Obtain documentation regarding your work experience.
Register with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and pay the registration fee. This will allow you to test for credentials.
To obtain master technician credentials, candidates must pass a variety of certification and advanced-level tests in a specific type of automotive maintenance and repair. Series of tests specialize in disciplines including automobile, collision repair, medium-heavy truck, school bus, transit bus and truck equipment. Select the testing series you wish to become a master technician in and pay the fee.
Review the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence test preparation materials. Purchase vouchers to prepare for each test. Discounts may be available for purchasing multiple vouchers. Test preparation materials can assist you in passing each test required for master technician certification.
Take and pass each test required in your automotive discipline. Each discipline requires a series of tests, which you will take at a test center approved by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
To maintain the ASE master technician certification, you must recertify by taking a test every five years. Stay abreast of any advances in the industry and retest after five years of certification.
2016 Salary Information for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Automotive service technicians and mechanics earned a median annual salary of $38,470 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, automotive service technicians and mechanics earned a 25th percentile salary of $28,140, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $52,120, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 749,900 people were employed in the U.S. as automotive service technicians and mechanics.