Let’s face it, being an automotive technician these days takes a lot of hard work and dedication just to keep up with changing vehicle technology. As students in automotive technology courses, you know this first hand from your school experience. But many working professionals also feel that the level of professionalism required by employers, and expected by consumers, just isn’t appreciated by the general public. Truth be told, most car owners really don’t understand just how complex a beast the garden-variety family chariot has become. Nor do many parents or guidance counselors really appreciate just how rewarding a technical career can be, in terms of job satisfaction, security and earning potential. For those of you who feel you just don’t get enough recognition or respect, take heart. National Automotive Service Professionals Week is coming.
The countdown has begun, and six states have already issued proclamations recognizing National Automotive Service Professionals Week from June 11-17. Based on past success, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) expanded Automotive Service Professionals Day, established in 2001, to a full week to honor the commitment and dedication of automotive, truck and collision technicians, along with parts specialists and other support professionals who serve the motoring public. For 2005, ASE expanded this recognition and has it listed in the 2005 Chase’s Calendar of Events.
Twenty-seven states issued proclamations honoring National Automotive Service Professionals Day in 2004, and ASE is pushing to have all fifty states recognize the outstanding work done by automotive professionals all across the nation in 2005. The early results look promising, as governors from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina and Wisconsin have already responded to requests from local shop owners to mark this special week.
In addition to the state proclamations, ASE has created special blue bracelets for participants to use to hand out to both customers and employees, much like other worthy causes have done. The funds raised from the sale of these bracelets are donated directly to the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) to promote and support technical education programs across the nation.
ASE established National Automotive Service Professionals Week to recognize the men and women who service and maintain the highly complex vehicles upon which we depend so much for our day-to-day transportation. It’s a chance for everyone to acknowledge their skill and dedication, and ASE is proud to spotlight these individuals for their commitment to their customers, their craft and the American economy.
So mark your calendar and get ready to celebrate National Automotive Service Professionals Week June 11-17. It’s one more reason to be proud to be a technician and to show the world the dedication and professionalism each of you brings to the party. The automotive service industry is a big part of the American economy. You should be proud of your contribution to its success.