National Express Corporation, which is made up of Durham School Services in the United States and Stock Transportation in Canada, this week recognized 15 employees who were certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence as master technicians.
Company officials said these employees now join more than 1,400 master school bus technicians with ASE certifications in the United States. The independent, non-profit organization works to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying repair and service professionals.
To become a certified ASE master technician, participants undergo months of studying, and must pass six main parts to the test. To remain certified, technicians must take and pass a recertification test every five years.
“We are proud to recognize our master technicians who showcase our commitment to safety every day through their work,” said David A. Duke, CEO of NEC. “To demonstrate our commitment to our professional maintenance team, we have created a program that recognizes and rewards our maintenance staff who achieve ASE master technician.”
NEC techs with ASE master technician certification. Left to right, from the front row: Jack Warfield, Bud Wagner, James McClure, NEC CEO David A. Duke, Mike Martin, Luis Hernandez Reyes. Left to right, second row: Jeff Flippo, James Pollock, Lonnie Young, Kent Williams, NEC Senior Vice President of Fleet Maintenance and Engineering GP Singh, Glenn Schmidt, Chris Phillips, Jason Latham. Left to right, third row: Vladimir Perekopsky, Don Olinn, Eduardo Bibiloni-Orozco. One of the 15 master technicians could not attend the event.