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June 2023: Automotive Service Professionals Month

WHEREAS, there are nearly 300 million vehicles in operation, and today’s motor vehicles are complex with more advanced technology than ever before; and,

WHEREAS, increasing vehicle complexity requires specialized tools and trained professionals to perform vehicle repairs; and,

WHEREAS, there are more than 1,000,000 people employed as maintenance and repair technicians at general repair shops, vehicle dealerships, and service stations across the U.S.; and,

WHEREAS, these automotive service professionals perform essential services for the public, keeping their vehicles in safe, reliable operating condition; and,

WHEREAS, these professionals must continue to keep up-to-date on ever-evolving vehicle systems and technologies to effectively perform vehicle maintenance and repairs; and,

WHEREAS, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) helps car owners easily identify automotive professionals who have proven themselves to be competent and knowledgeable; and, 

WHEREAS, the process to become ASE Certified requires qualified work experience and passing a challenging test for each certification; and, 

WHEREAS, ASE Certified technicians are required to prove their technical knowledge by retesting every 5 years to keep their certifications current; and, 

WHEREAS, in the State of Michigan, there are 8,416 professionals who have earned ASE certification; and, 

WHEREAS, ASE is celebrating over 50 years of independent certification of skilled, knowledgeable automotive service professionals;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 2023 as Automotive Service Professionals Month in Michigan.