Successfully preparing students for today’s automotive service industry takes a multidisciplinary approach. AYES is part of the ASE Alliance and is the career-to-work arm of ASE that offers students the means to learn, do, try, ask, grow and then hit the ground running after graduation.

AYES is engineered from the top-down to:

  • give high school automotive technology students the opportunity and guidance to explore rewarding automotive careers.
  • develop career-ready, motivated and inspired entry-level automotive technicians and service personnel.
  • provide the tools and support to develop and practice the skills needed to succeed in the industry.


A unique 4-way partnership.
 The AYES model leverages a modern, interdisciplinary partnership that fuses “real world” needs with educational processes in an ongoing, evolving approach.

AYES Unique Partnership

 Below is a high-level snapshot of the AYES key components that make this program uniquely successful.

  • Advisory Committee.

Locally, a business-education “roundtable” is strategically assembled, comprised of:

Business owners, managers, technicians

Vehicle, equipment & industry representatives

School instructor, principal, superintendent, counselors

College representatives


Program graduates

  • Job Shadowing.

Students shadow 3-4 companies to:

Introduce students to different career opportunities; gain exposure to potential future employers

Assess their interest in an automotive career at an early juncture

Gain first-hand insights into daily work routines, responsibilities and to contextualize classroom learning

Help develop workplace “soft skills”—communication, accountability, respect.

  • Student Interviews.

AYES provides a structured approach to matching students and community employers, enabling:

“Real-world” experience and exposure to local opportunities

A unique, collaborative decision-making process to best support each student

Qualified students to secure a mentor-led internship with a local employer

  • Mentor/Intern Training

Prior to the start of an internship, the student and selected employer technicians team up to level-set expectations, responsibilities and any helpful tips for workplace success.

  • Internship.

All AYES qualified students selected for internships are

Expected to complete 320 hours of work experience & complete assignments.

Visited by school liaison to ensure clear employer-school communication and performance reports.

  • Awareness Activities

Industry advocacy is an integral part of AYES, to showcase the value of automotive service and its impact to the community.

Various events and activities take place throughout the school year and involve all disciplines: students, parents, educators, civic and community groups, and more.

Feel free to view the AYES Student Path at-a-glance visually outlines the AYES program life cycle from junior year through graduation.

Beyond graduation? That’s left for each graduate to determine…full-time career? Further post-secondary opportunities? The future is theirs to customize.

  • Get Started

Schools and Instructors

NATEF-accredited schools simply need to submit the AYES Participation Request form and contact your ASE Industry Education Alliance Field Manager.

Not yet NATEF-accredited? Learn more here.


Contact an ASE Industry Education Alliance Field Manager

Find the school near you through our school locator.

  • Parents & Students

Find  an AYES/NATEF school near you through our school locator.