For the last six years, I’ve actually had two jobs; custom painter and auto body instructor. I was offered a job at North Kern Vocational Training Center in Delano, Ca. This is a new start for me and I really believe that’s where I’m supposed to be. At 44 years of age, I had to go back to school, which was tough. I received my Vocational Instructor Credentialing through U.C.L.A Extension. I teach basic collision repair, basic auto refinishing, estimates, parts locating and ordering, and of course custom paint, airbrush, pin striping, lettering, and metal shaping. I even try to instill life skills education into what I do, to better prepare my students for life outside of the garage as well. My job is to help my students earn a living, build a good work ethic, teach them how to speak to the public in a professional manner. I have no problems helping a student do custom work on their own vehicle, and they often take this opportunity to learn because if they take their car to my shop they have to pay; this usually serves as a good motivator.
My future plans are to continue teaching and to finish up some personal projects. I will continue modifying and painting these machines because that’s what I do.