Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems. Topic SF-18. Use of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Tests within Transit

In 2004 the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) funded the development of transit-specific mechanical knowledge tests which are administered by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE tests for heavy truck mechanics had been available for many years, but the new tests were designed to determine a technician's knowledge and proficiency in various areas of transit bus maintenance. Since then, many transit systems have incorporated ASE testing into hiring practices and have provided incentives for incumbent maintenance employees to complete ASE certification. Because the development of these tests was funded by TCRP, it is appropriate to conduct a synthesis to document how and how widely ASE tests are used. It would help suggest opportunities for transit agencies management and technicians/mechanics to use or to increase the use of the tests. Information gathered will include, but not be limited to the following: (1) Transit agency awareness and communication of ASE test availability; (2) Reasons for pursuing ASE testing or alternatives; (3) How tests are used e.g. hiring requirement, reward, etc.; (4) Completion numbers, including re-certification percentage or ratio; (5) Transit union acceptance and contract language; (6) Metrics assessing test value, effectiveness, and use; (7) Costs; (8) Challenges and barriers; (9) Training and testing assistance; and (10)Technological change and gaps to be addressed by future test development .


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

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

    Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis

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

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    J Schiavone Consulting

  • Principal Investigators:

    Schiavone, John

  • Start Date: 20141023
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37587

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543410
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 14 2014 1:01AM