I took a roundabout way into the world of automotive repair. My focus during four years of high school was drafting. I believed that I was going to become an architect or mechanical drafting technician. After high school, that path took a right turn (pun intended) when I bought a 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport with worn-out 302 V8. That’s also when I got interested in fixing cars.
My roommate worked for a small shop in town that needed some extra help so I ended up doing an engine swap for them and some other small jobs. I guess the owner saw some mechanical aptitude so he offered me a job. The owner had all kinds of credentials. I think he had every certification ASE offered. He was extremely knowledgeable and I learned a lot from him.
After working for him for about three years, I decided to earn some ASE credentials too. I passed the first seven ASE tests that I took. Shortly after that, I went to work for the local GM dealer. Overall, I really liked working at the dealership. The “up” side was that I didn’t need to keep buying specialty tools and parts were readily available. A slight “down” side was having to do “warranty” work. I say, “slight down side” because, even though it was hard sometimes to make flat-rate on the big jobs, warranty work taught me how to become more efficient with my time.
I got married, moved out of state and took a job at a Dodge dealer. While working at Dodge dealers in a couple of different states and countries, I made my way up to a Level 3 Chrysler Master Technician.
Now that I’ve joined the ALLDATA Tech-Assist team, I look forward to helping techs find fast and efficient way to diagnose and fix vehicles. I know Chrysler products like the back of my hand but I’ve had a lot of experience with other makes too.
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