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California Certified Smog Inspection & Repair Technician
MACS Certified Air Conditioning Systems Instructor
Certified Automotive Master Instructor
California Bureau of Auto Repair Subject Matter Expert
My interest in the auto industry began in the 1950’s. Since I really enjoyed building go-karts and mini-bikes, I thought it would be fun to work bigger and faster vehicles. One day, I rode my bicycle down to the local gas station and asked the mechanic if he’d teach me how to work on cars.
For the first seven years as a technical editor at ALLDATA, I managed the Toyota, Lexus, Scion and Mazda databases. When an opportunity to join the ALLDATA Automotive Diagnostic Team arose, I jumped at the chance.
Hello all. My automotive career began in 1990, working for a rental car company, where I got hooked on fixing cars. In a short time, I began working as a used-car technician at an import car dealership. Eager to take my skills to the next level, I soon landed a job at a Ford dealership in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I’ve always been fascinated with the mechanical aspect of cars and pushing the limits of vehicle performance. Some of my fondest memories as a young man are wrenching on cars with friends, hanging out in my neighbor’s garages and of course, drag racing at the local raceway.
Like many technicians, I found out early that I liked taking things apart to see how they worked. This usually got me in a tad bit of trouble sometimes, but most often, I got rewarded for fixing whatever it was.
My passion for diagnostics began at a young age, figuring out puzzles and taking various toys apart and putting them back together. I grew up in the age where computers were new and cars were just starting to use them.
ASE L1 Automobile Advanced Engine Performance Specialist
ASE L2 Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis Specialist
ASE XO1 Undercar Specialist Exhaust Systems
ASE G1 Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair
ASE E1 & E2 Truck Equipment
Technician Toyota Master Diagnostic Technician
Toyota Prius Hybrid Technician Type I & II
Honda Certified Technician
MACS Certified Air Conditioning System
Greetings and salutations. I’ve had a love for all things mechanical since I can remember: bicycles, trains, cars, planes and any toy that moved on its own. I just had to dismantle them then attempt reassembly.
Growing up I always had a fascination with cars. I would spend a lot of my free time at the shop of my best friend’s father. He would always let me see what he was working on and explained everything to me.
I’ve been around cars my entire life. You could say that working on cars is in my blood. My father is a 40-plus year veteran of the automotive Industry and my brother has worked as a technician for years. So, it’s only natural that I followed suit.
ASE Master Certified Medium/Heavy Truck Technician
AAS Medium Heavy-Duty Trucks
My career started 28 years ago in the U.S. Army as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. I did that for eight years. As a young technician, I was always eager to know every detail when it came to systems operation and proper diagnostics. I learned way back then, there are more techs interested in changing parts than learning effective diagnostics.
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.
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