Two Oswego County BOCES Career and Technical Education students recently climbed the ranks into the elite as they passed their Briggs & Stratton Master Service Technician tests.
Tim Rose, of Fulton, and Josh Ernestine, of Phoenix, both students in Dan Shaver’s outdoor power equipment technology course, took the exam online in September and earned satisfactory marks, joining exclusive company.
“They are the first students I’ve had who have passed the test in my three years of being here,” Shaver said. “There are a small number of master service techs nationwide. They’re in a pretty elite group.”
Although they are now in rare company, the road to becoming an MST wasn’t an easy one. Shaver said the students had little to no experience when they first enrolled in the program last year. Add a difficult written exam at the end of year one, and things became even more challenging.
“We watched educational videos and took lots of notes,” Ernestine said, noting the pair spent countless hours studying in preparation for the test.
“It was hard, but I knew I had to finish it and pass and make Mr. Shaver proud,” Rose said.
For Shaver, proud is an understatement. “They are as highly qualified as you can get,” he said of Ernestine and Rose. “This allows them to now go out and get a job at a (Briggs & Stratton) dealership.”
In addition to receiving the praise of their instructor, both students are poised for a paid spring internship in small engine repair.
“At this point, they need more hands-on troubleshooting and diagnostic stuff. They have the knowledge, now they just need to apply it,” Shaver said.
While an internship may be in the immediate future, the master service technicians also have aspirations to attend college and pursue careers in small engine repair.
“I want to go to college and do well and make Mr. Shaver proud,” Rose said. “He’s helped us a lot.”
With the knowledge and the passion for a career in small engine repair, Rose and Ernestine are optimistic about their future.
“This is just another stepping stone to get further ahead toward my career goal,” Rose said.