Local Technician Receives National Award

Technician recognition awards banquet held in San Diego, CAAt a technician recognition awards banquet held in San Diego, CA, in November, John Garippa, Wayland, associate professor, Automotive Trades, Alfred State College, was honored as the NATEF/ASE (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation/Automotive Service Excellence) Instructor of the Year. 

Garippa worked as a technician for 24 years before joining the faculty at SUNY College of Technology at Alfred, 14 years ago.  Garippa gained extensive GM training and was a member of Chevrolet's National Advisory Council while working as a technician.  He has continued his participation in numerous OEM and aftermarket training seminars and clinics.  As a professor, teaching automotive principles to his students allows him the very rewarding opportunity to share his expertise with the next generation of automotive technicians.

Garippa has been taking things apart since he was a kid: bicycles, mini-bikes, motorcycles, etc.  As a teenager, he graduated to cars and trucks.  He liked it so much that he decided to attend Alfred State College where he earned an associate's degree in automotive technology.  John has been an ASE-certified master automobile technician since 1984.

Garippa is one of 37 outstanding ASE-certified technicians, nationally recognized by different segments of the automotive service and repair industry.  Each of these elite technicians was presented with an industry-specific award recognizing his achievement.

Bill Kersten, president, NATEF; Dan Perrin, NATEF board chair; Joe Torchiana, ASE board of directors chair; and Timothy Zilke, ASE president, presented the award to Garippa at ASE's annual Board of Directors' Industry Awards Dinner.  Pictured left to right: Torchiana, Kersten, Garippa, Perrin, and Zilke.

NATEF was founded in 1983 as an independent, non-profit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommend qualifying programs for certification (accreditation) by ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was founded in 1972 as a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through voluntary testing and certification of automotive professionals.  More than 400,000 ASE-certified automobile, truck, and collision repair technicians, engine machinists and parts specialists work in dealerships, independent shops, service stations, auto parts stores, fleets, schools, and colleges.