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Diesel Opportunities

December 15, 2015

When most people see the word ‘diesel,’ they think of diesel trucks, but the truth is that diesel technicians have many more opportunities available to them. Diesel engines are also found in buses, trains, ships, farm and mining equipment, and even as the engine of choice to some drag racing teams. The expansion of diesel engines into other fields, such as aviation, is imminent, with diesel being not only the cheaper fuel in some places, but also a more efficient means of propulsion.

In a world where expressing uniqueness and personality continues to increase in popularity, so too has automotive customization. From tricked-out factory models to complete fabrications, custom cars are appearing everywhere, drawing the attention not only of the public, but also the media. As a result, several cable networks have based programs on this premise, to the delight of viewers everywhere.

ASE Certification

December 15, 2015

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification is the mark of distinction awarded to qualifying automobile aftermarket service and repair technicians.

Technical schools offer a variety of awards at graduation: certificates, diplomas, and degrees. Major differences in these three awards include time it takes for completion—generally about a year for many diploma and certification programs, and generally about two years for an associate degree.

Xzibit may be the most famous face on MTV's Pimp My Ride, but the real stars of the show are the guys from West Coast Customs and Galpin Auto Sports, who turn dying clunkers into modern works of art, which are often worth as much as $20,000 to $30,000. Custom car detailing and refinishing is one of the most creative jobs in automotive technology, and it requires specialized skills above and beyond standard automotive repair training.