Female automotive mechanic uses a flashlight to check under a vehicle overhead on a lift.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence provides the evaluations and assistance for the automotive portions of the 2024 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

Photo: ASE

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) staff will be on-site and assisting with the 2024 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) held June 24-28 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

 “We support SkillsUSA in a variety of ways, including ASE staff serving on technical committees as well as providing tests for the competitions and educational support from the ASE Education Foundation,” said Dave Johnson, president and CEO of ASE.

ASE Staff Providing Technical Assistance

On the technical side, multiple ASE staff members serve on SkillsUSA technical committees for:

  • Automotive service technology
  • Automotive maintenance and light repair
  • Collision repair technology
  • Automotive refinish technology
  • Collision damage appraisal
  • Diesel equipment technology. 

ASE staff members are on-site at the Skills Conference to support the efforts of preparing and delivering tests in these areas during NLSC competitions held each summer.

ASE Develops Written Tests for Students

ASE develops written tests for the six contest areas that are appropriate for measuring the technical knowledge of high school and college-level students.

These written tests are administered to students at one of the skill stations during the national competition.

The score each student achieves on the tests administered by ASE, plus the scores achieved for each hands-on skill station, determine the SkillsUSA national finalists for each competition.

The top three finalists earn gold, silver, and bronze medallions in recognition of their overall knowledge, ability, and technical skills in each contest area.

“ASE staff members work hand-in-hand with representatives from a wide range of automotive industry organizations who come together at the NLSC to support the SkillsUSA mission of continued workforce development of the next generation of skilled professionals,” said Johnson. “Our ASE field managers support their respective state and local SkillsUSA competitions by serving as judges and helping to coordinate competitions.”

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