Program: Automotive Technology
Education/Industry Certifications: Associate of Applied Science degree, Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP), SCC; Bachelor of Science degree, Bellevue University; ASE Master Auto Tech + L1 certified
Has Taught at SCC Since: 1999
Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: 6
Describe your teaching philosophy.
We pride ourselves in hands-on learning. Lecture, demonstration and mock-up displays are only valuable if they lead the student to be able to apply what they have learned in the real world. That is why we try to utilize live lab projects as much as possible. If students see the relevance in what they are learning, they will put in more effort to be successful.
Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
When I was a student here, I saw what my instructors were doing as something that I would like to have the opportunity to do someday. I strongly believe that the education and skills that come with an SCC degree are a valuable springboard to successful lives in the future.
What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
They can expect a fast track to an abundance of job opportunities. Our goal is to provide them the education and hands-on skills required to hit the ground running as an entry-level employee in the automotive industry.
What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
I am passionate about cars and what makes them work. I have (and do) spend time working on things to keep up my skills. Through my experiences, I am better able to relate to the students and have real-life examples of situations that I try to implement into class.
What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
Everything in this industry requires a thorough understanding of electrical principles. If you understand them, you will be able to figure out anything. If you struggle with them, you will struggle with things. Also, driving record is crucial to working in this industry. Keep it clean.
What do you enjoy most about working with students?
I have the students during their final quarter before graduation. I enjoy being a part of helping them find jobs. Placement opportunities are abundant for our graduates. It is rewarding to see them pursue and take that next step and then see where they go from there.
What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
The comradery here is great. We work with experts in many fields who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise to help each other, our students and our programs.
What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
I have been able to be a part of the SCC engine build competition since it began and have been proud of the professionalism and responsibility of our students as they represent our college and program. They are dependable and dedicated ambassadors for our program and beyond. Watching them get faster and break records in front of crowds at times of 3,000 to 5,000 people is exciting.
What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
I enjoy the car restoration hobby. I enjoy spending time with my daughters and wife. I am actively involved in our church.
What would students be surprised to know about you?
I play bass guitar with a band at church. I do own one Ford (a 65 Mustang), at least for now.