The ASE-Certified Technician’s Code of Ethics emphasizes honest work. Because laymen don’t have the knowledge to repair vehicles themselves, they trust mechanics to do the work properly. Mechanics should not abuse the trust of their customers by performing unnecessary or substandard work. The first code of the ASE-Certified Technician’s Code of Ethics is: “I will strive to provide nothing but first-class workmanship.” The fourth code is: “I will recommend to an owner only that work on the vehicle which I believe to be necessary.”
Knowledge The second code of the ASE-Certified Technician’s Code of Ethics is: “I will take advantage of every opportunity to increase my knowledge/skills concerning the work I am doing. I will dedicate myself to lifelong learning.” Becoming a mechanic takes a strong foundation of education and hands-on practice. As the technologies in motor vehicles change, mechanics must continually educate themselves and hone their skills.
Safety The ASE-Certified Technician’s Code of Ethics addresses safety in a few of its codes, including the third code, “I will use only those materials that are proven to be safe and recommended by the manufacturer,” and the fifth, “I will treat an owner’s vehicle as I would my own.” A mechanic should never attempt to skimp on parts by using those not recommended by the manufacturer. Treating a car as if it were his own encourages a mechanic to ensure the safety of the vehicle, the quality of parts and repairs.
Standards An ASE-certified mechanic’s work should live up to the ASE reputation of integrity and workmanship. The seventh code states: “I will conduct myself so as to maintain and increase the public respect for all ASE-certified technicians.” Mechanics, like doctors, policemen and most other professions, are thought of as one group, and all individuals should contribute positively to the reputation of that group. Vehicle repair shops that employ mechanics certified by ASE usually feature the ASE logo prominently on their storefronts. The logo is a testament to the quality of workmanship a customer can expect from ASE-certified technicians.
Reputation The ASE-Certified Technician’s Code of Ethics also promotes loyalty and dedication to one’s employer. Because an automobile repair shop’s reputation depends on the work of its mechanics, each mechanic must ensure his work represents the shop well. This is what ASE calls “Service Integrity,” and it is the last code in the Code of Ethics: “I will practice Service Integrity, which means that to the best of my ability I will always work for the best interest of the owner, my employer and myself.” A mechanic should also care for the reputation of other mechanics, as specified in the sixth code: “I will attempt to correct any honest mistake made by another technician, without damaging the reputation of that person or their business.”