Do I need prior experience before enrolling in the program?
No, experience is not necessary but enthusiasm is! Beginners, hobbyists, and ASE prep students are all welcome.
How long does it take to earn an ASE certificate?
It will take between 6 months and 2 years depending on your level of experience. The ASE organization requires 2 years of hands on shop experience to qualify for receipt of the ASE G1 certificate once the test is passed. Prior documented shop experience can count toward this requirement.
What is ASE?
It is an organization dedicated to the promotion and maintenance of Automotive Service Excellence. ASE certificates are preferred by most employers when considering new general service technicians or mechanics for hire.
Does all of my shop experience have to be at Owens’ Garage for ASE certification?
No, if you already have shop experience from a prior job, another school program, or the military and can provide some supporting documentation, it can be used as time credit toward the 2 years needed.
Do I need to bring my own tools?
No, all tools, equipment, and shop supplies will be provided.
Is there a dress code?
Yes, we dress for safety, decency, and good hygiene. Common sense specifics will be covered before shop work begins. We have a great record of performing our shop work safely and want to keep it that way.
What is the cost of the program?
The cost is $250 per semester (Spring and Fall). This includes books, safety glasses, shop meals, and some off campus activities. The summer session is $150. Payment may be made in cash or check.
What if I have difficulty paying for the course?
We will work with you if you need to make payments. There are also some sponsorships available if you should need tuition assistance.
Is the program accredited?
Not in the sense that would qualify as course credit toward a 2 or 4 year degree program or for tuition aid, but our staff has over 200 years of combined automotive experience that will provide a thorough and well rounded learning opportunity. In addition, your shop time can be documented for submission to ASE for subsequent G1 or A-series certifications.
Will this program help me obtain a job upon graduation?
Yes. We partner with repair shops in the area who are looking to hire talented and motivated technicians and will refer and strongly recommend the hiring of good, dedicated, and hard working students.
Where does the learning take place?
We provide instruction and learning opportunities at 2 shop locations and other venues in the greater Austin area.
When and where does the class meet?
Every Tuesday night from 5:30 – 9:30 in our garage at 1150 S Bell Blvd in Cedar Park.
Every Thursday night from 5:30 – 9:15 at the Foundation Auto Repair facility at 6750 Corpus Christi Dr. in Austin.
How do I enroll in, donate to, or find out more about the program?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, email address, and reason for the inquiry and someone will contact you.
Does Owens Garage have a Facebook Page?
Yes it can be found at “email@example.com”. Please go there and like us!
How can I support or donate to the program?
There are multiple ways to do this:
- Pray for the Students and Mentors
- Donate a vehicle that will be repaired and could be given to a person or family in need (Many organizations that accept vehicle donations quickly turn them over to auctions for resale at market value).
- Donate equipment, tools, parts, supplies, food, and beverages used for the daily operation of the program.
- Provide prepared shop meals on a regular or occasional basis.
- Make a monetary contribution toward our new building project.
- Refer and/or sponsor a student.
- Become a part of our team and share your talents and experience!