For Release: Jan. 20, 2012
Davlucas Jose, a fall graduate of the University of New Mexico-Gallup’s Auto Tech program, has achieved the status of Master Automobile Technician, awarded by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
Jose, of Crownpoint, attained the designation after testing for and being awarded certification in eight categories of achievement: engine repair, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspensions and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning and engine performance.
Jose said it is common for those testing for the technician certification to take four tests one day and four another. He took and passed five tests one day, and three on a following day – an almost unheard of feat, according to his Auto Tech instructor, Jeff Davis.
“These are very hard tests,” Davis said.
Davis, who is also an ASE Master Automobile Technician, said that there are only about 90,000 master technicians in the United States, and in this area, only a handful.
Jose, who received an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology, is continuing with his education at the Gallup branch, studying for a Bachelor’s degree in organizational learning and instructional technology at UNM’s Bachelor and Graduate Program.