Calif. County Earns ASE Blue Seal

August 07, 2015

The Contra Costa County Public Works, Fleet Services Division earned its ASE Blue Seal of Excellence this year. Photo courtesy of Contra Costa County
The Contra Costa County Public Works, Fleet Services Division earned its ASE Blue Seal of Excellence this year. Photo courtesy of Contra Costa County

California’s Contra Costa County Public Works, Fleet Services Division has recently earned the Blue Seal of Excellence from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), Fleet Manager Carlos Velasquez told Government Fleet.

When Velasquez joined the fleet a year and a half ago, only a couple of technicians had any ASE certifications.

“Within a relatively short time (1.5 years), we managed to get everyone excited about taking the exams and acquiring their ASE certifications. The hard work the entire team put in paid off,” he said.

To become eligible for the Blue Seal of Excellence, a maintenance shop must have 75% of its automotive professionals ASE certified and have a certified technician in each area of service offered. The County’s Fleet Services Division offers 16 areas of service. The Fleet Services Division has seven Master certified automobile technicians in various disciplines.

The division provides repair and maintenance services to more than 1,500 vehicles and pieces of equipment, from complete brake replacement and oil changes to in-depth operating system repairs and law enforcement vehicle upfitting.

ASE certification identifies technicians who have demonstrated competency in specific technical specialty areas. Velasquez said certification is especially important because the division has a high vehicle-to-technician ratio — certified technicians tend to work that results in fewer problems and return service visits, he stated.

During the past year, the fleet division’s 10 technicians and three service workers have performed 2,973 services on 1,428 vehicles.


  1. 1. Juanita V Ruiz [ August 06, 2015 @ 03:54PM ]

    To Head of Department or CEO
    Or whom this may Concern!
    I am so very ! Proud of my Brother Mr Carlos Velasquez
    Not only Is he The Best Brother! But The Best Mechanic in any Department that is How Highly! I know he is the Best of what he Knows! To get the Job! Done ! And for those that are learning! Pay attention! Because this Experience that he has! Pay's Off Because this is what is going to make Everyone! A Better ! Mechanics to get The Job Done! So ! Please Pay attention! To all those that ! Are Not experienced learned ! From the Best Mr Carlos Velasquez I Know Because? He is My Brother? 😎 for whom I'm very Proud of your Big Sis Juanita V Ruiz

  2. 2. Kevin Lachapelle [ August 06, 2015 @ 05:25PM ]

    Carlos. We are very proud of you! Keep it up.


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