Edward Dan Aclaro
Automotive Technician and Medium Heavy Truck Technician

Tell us about yourself. What made you decide to become a service professional?
I started as a safety inspector and moved to service advisor at a local shop. Finally caught my lucky break as an entry level technician at a local dealership. Been doing it ever since.

Where/How did you get your training to get the knowledge you have today?
Most of it is from factory training. I have a bunch of mentors too, people that showed me how to do stuff. It also helps that I've been tinkering with cars since high school.

How long have you worked as a service professional?
9 years

What role has being ASE Certified played in your journey?
It has opened many doors for me. I wasn't even thinking about ASE certs when I first started. It gives me a sense of job security and shows my employers my passion and dedication to the industry.

What ASE Certifications do you currently hold?
A1-A9, T2, T4, T5, T6, T7, T8

What are some of the top challenges you do/did face as a service professional and how do/did you overcome them?
Keeping up with the constantly changing technology. Thankfully my factory training keeps me in line with all the new technologies.

Do you have any advice for today’s students who might be thinking about entering the automotive industry or becoming a service professional?
I have advice for when they first start off. Don't worry about the guy next to you. Focus on your own journey. Also, if you borrow a tool twice, it's time to get that tool for yourself.

What do you like most about being an automotive service professional?
I know I mentioned that it was a challenge, but I like the challenge that comes with new technology. Especially now that we are evolving into all electric vehicles. Gives me a sense of accomplishment knowing how to tackle these new technologies.