Gage Presnell
Automotive Technician
Auto Pro Technologies

What is your position in the industry?

I am an Automotive Technician.

Tell us about yourself. What made you decide to become a service professional?

At young age I've always been interested in fixing stuff manly just enjoyed helping people out, it soon became a passion of mine. Although my parents did not appreciate me tearing apart their stereos just to see how they work.

Where/How did you get your training to get the knowledge you have today?

In Orofino, Idaho while I was in high school I spent a lot of time fixing friends and family's vehicles. later on I studied auto mechanics at Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. After college I spent 2 years working in a boat shop as mechanic, then I spent 6 years turning wrenches in a local Dodge dealership, now I am working in an independent shop that specializes in diesel pickups.

How long have you worked as a service professional?

It has been almost 11 years.

What role has being ASE Certified played in your journey?

ASE has played a huge role in providing me with the knowledge and education on the automotive industry. I think I could obtain an auto mechanic position in just about any shop with my ASE Certifications.

What ASE Certifications do you currently hold?

I am a Master Automotive Technician (A1 - A8) and also completed my L1 Advanced Engine Performance Certification.

What are some of the top challenges you do/did face as a service professional and how do/did you overcome them?

Working at an independent shop has been one of the biggest challenges for me. Work is not only more labor intensive but the variety of different vehicles makes it even more challenging. The crew I work with has helped me tremendously, we work as a team.

Do you have any advice for today’s students who might be thinking about entering the automotive industry or becoming a service professional?

Never give up even when times get tough, that's how you better yourself as a tech.

What do you like most about being an automotive service professional?

The everyday challenge for sure! you never know what the next day will bring you. Looking at your scars on your hands at the end of the day is something to be proud of. Hard work pays off.

If you ever want to challenge you mechanical career join an independent shop. It will push all your abilities.