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G Jerry Truglia is well known for his automotive training through his company ATTS: Automotive Technician Training Services, where he covers topics ranging from hybrid vehicles, electricity, to Heavy Duty Truck repair. G is also a very proud founding member of the non-for profit Technician Service Training group. G Jerry Truglia Previous Episodes HERE.

Dave Hobbs automotive service experience spans 40 plus years in the industry, starting out as a technician and then as a service manager working in his family’s repair shop (Hobbs Auto Electric) in Kokomo, Indiana. After leaving Hobbs Auto Electric, Dave began working as a hotline advisor and field engineer at GM’s Delco Electronics. Those roles eventually led to becoming an electronics systems instructor for thousands of Delco Electronics / Delphi engineers throughout North American and Asia.

Dave is currently the lead technical trainer and course developer for Delphi Product and Service Solutions. In addition, he serves part-time as a contributor to Motor Age Magazine and as a field correspondent for MACS Worldwide (Mobile AC Society). Dave’s previous episodes HERE.

Peter Orlando Sr. Curriculum Developer/Technical Instructor at Advance Auto Parts Carquest Technical Institute.

Talking Points:

  • Takes months to prepare and put together, document stories, real-world scenarios 
  • Build relationships with students- students respond better to instructors that do not talk down to them, encourage networking and asking questions 
  • Technicians often have an ego- they can fix any car, but need to also admit they don’t know everything, often feel embarrassed or afraid to ask questions
  • Constant reading and research on curriculum  
  • Retention of information- poll questions and feedback  
  • Keeping students engaged- move around the room, have students highlight and underline during class
  • Becoming an instructor doesn’t happen overnight- need to be seasoned over time, always someone smarter than you who you need advice from
  • Sometimes you need grace from your audience- constructive feedback and criticism 

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