Transit Bus Mechanics: Building for Success--The ASE Transit Bus Maintenance Certification Test Series

Bus technology has advanced more in the past decade than in the previous three decades. Computer chips have replaced mechanical and electrical connections, and engines and transmissions are electronically controlled. The outside of the bus may resemble its ancestor, but the inside has completely changed. Dramatic changes in the job of a bus mechanic have come along with the changes to a bus. Much more sophisticated knowledge is now required to troubleshoot and repair a bus. The independent, nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was established in 1972 to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals. Automotive Service Excellence certifications currently exist for automobiles, medium/heavy truck, and school bus. ASE certification serves as an impartial, third-party endorsement of knowledge and experience on a national basis. Typically, achieving ASE certification requires training, study, and "keeping up" with changing technology. ASE certification confirms proficiency and knowledge. There has been growing interest among transit properties across the nation in developing certification procedures specifically for the transit bus mechanic. The development of an ASE Transit Bus Certification test series would provide objective measurements to prove demonstrated competency in specific technical areas. <br /><br /><p> </p>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $1325000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project E-06

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Jenks, Christopher

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Institute for Automative Service Excellence (ASE)

  • Principal Investigators:

    Kunce, Charles

  • Start Date: 20050413
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15507

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462740
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project E-06
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:09PM