Kingston’s Turpin a World Class Technician

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Lewis J. Turpin of Kingston is among only 17 professional automotive technicians across the United States this year to achieve a coveted milestone from two industry leaders.

Turpin tested and obtained National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence certification in 22 specialty areas to qualify for the World Class Technician Award.

The prestigious honor
is given annually by ASE and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association.

“The AAIA World Class Technician Award is for automotive diagnostic and repair professionals what the Super Bowl is for professional football players or the Stanley Cup is for hockey players,” said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO, in a release on the association’s website.

“Just imagine the knowledge and skills needed by a technician to pass 22 ASE tests,” she added.

“These folks are truly the best of the best, and we are proud to be associated with them through our annual recognition in conjunction with ASE.”

Turpin teaches automotive technology at Tennessee Technology Center at Athens.

Certification, credentialing and professionalism are priorities in his classroom and training laboratory environment.  

Turpin has 30 years of automotive experience with Master Technician status in auto, truck and collision repair categories with additional advanced-level credentials.  

“This recognition partnership between AAIA and ASE goes back 24 years and represents the most significant achievement award available to our ASE-certified professionals,” said Tim Zilke, ASE president and CEO, in the release.

Since the World Class Technician recognition was established 23 years ago, only 1,793 tech-
nicians have been honored.

Turpin receive a special certificate signed by the presidents of ASE and AAIA, a toolbox plate and an embroidered shoulder insignia.

In addition, his name is inscribed in an honor
book in the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich.

Visit www.aftermarket.org for more about the World Class Technician program.