First Transit Technician Ben Holton Completes 48 Required ASE Designations to Earn P1 Certification

CINCINNATI— First Transit congratulates technician Ben Holton on passing his most recent ASE test. After fifteen years of commitment to ongoing testing, Holton has now earned all 48 required ASE designations to obtain his P1 certification.

ASE tests are divided into "Test Series," each covering a particular discipline within the automotive industry, such as, automobile, medium/heavy truck, transit bus, collision repair and more. Master Technician, a designation Holton has now achieved seven times over, is earned after receiving certification in all the required testing areas. Maintaining certification in any of the ASE specialty areas requires successful recertification testing every five years.

First Transit Maintenance Manager Bob Noyes manages responsibilities for First Transit customer United Airlines in Houston, Texas. Noyes states, “ASE certification demonstrates First Transit’s commitment to excellence. Certified technicians offer tangible proof of the knowledge and expertise we offer our customers. We are pleased with Mr. Holton’s accomplishments and offer our congratulations,” says Noyes.

 First Transit places significant emphasis on ensuring that all maintenance personnel participate in our industry-leading training program. First Transit requires each technician to participate in at least 40 hours of skills enhancement training annually. Enhancing the abilities of technicians is the foundation on which First Transit’s approach to maintenance is built; and, reflects dedication to improved fleet reliability. A highly trained technician performs higher quality repairs in a far more efficient manner. The result is a better maintained fleet with less down time.

 About First Transit

Safety is at the core of everything First Transit does. For nearly 60 years, First Transit, Inc. has been a leader in the transit industry. First Transit operates and manages more than 11,000 buses for transit authorities, state and federal agencies, municipal organizations, colleges and universities and private companies throughout North America.  A division of Cincinnati, Ohio-based FirstGroup America, First Transit is fully committed to its vision “to provide solutions for an increasingly congested world, keeping people moving and communities prospering.” Parent corporation FirstGroup plc, is traded on FTSE as "FGP". For more information, visit