Not many people know or understand the workings of being an automotive technician. It’s can be a very challenging position, especially if you have worked your way up to the highest level possible. There isn’t much information to be found on what exactly is a master technician or how someone can become a “master.” Here at Audi Naples we are fortunate enough to have one! He’s usually the guy driving around R8s and working on them. Although very humble about his professional achievement, our Master Guild Technician was willing to share his story and how he worked his way up.
Q: What exactly is a “Master Technician”?
A: An automotive technician proficient in all areas; a diagnostic technician. It’s the highest level for a tech at a dealer level.
Q: Are there different levels?
A: Yes there are four levels, which are Technician 1, Technician 2, Technician 3 and Technician 4. Or Regular Technician, Expert Technician, Master Technician and Master Guild Technician.
Q: What are you classified as?
A: I am a Master Guild Technician (Tech 4).
Q: How do you become a Master Guild Technician?
A: You have to meet qualifications, have all the prerequisites, web training, test-out and pass a 2-part diagnostic test with an 80% or better. There’s a full week of class and a two-day proctor test.
Q: How long did it take and what did you have to go through?
A: From start to finish it took me about 7 years. I obtained my A.A in Automotive which took about 18 months. After that I attended the Audi Academy which was a program that sought out people with Automotive technical education to give them Audi brand experience. There was an entrance exam before acceptance and it lasted 13 weeks and took place 6 hours a day.
Q: Do you have any other certifications besides for the Audi Brand?
A: Yes, I am also ASE certified.
Q: What is ASE?
A: Master Certified Automotive. It doesn’t have to do with the Audi brand, it is something I pursued on my own for personal interest. The certification expires every five years.
Master Automobile Technician – 8 Classes
Advanced Level Specialist – 1 Class