Although John has been passionate about automotive technology for most his life, it wasn’t until the year 2005 that he chose to become a professional automotive technician. He began as an apprentice at a Chevrolet dealership and quickly worked to become the shop foreman. He is an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician, and has completed hundreds of corporate training courses, earning General Motors certificates in all automotive areas.
John taught one year of High School Automotive Technology in Anaheim prior to coming to Golden West College. He has coached students for multiple competitions at the regional, and eventually, national level. He is currently a full-time instructor at Golden West College, specializing in Automotive Engine Performance and Chassis systems.
B.A. Degree in Sociology University of California, Santa Barbara
A.A. Degree Automotive Technology Cerritos College
Certificate of achievement Automotive Technology Manufacture Specialty General Motors ASEP graduate
A.S.E. Certified Master Automobile Technician
During his college experience Bryan worked at various independent shops and machine shops to pay for college expenses. He has six years’ experience in automotive repair as a certified technician in Brakes, Alignment, Electrical, and Engine Rebuilding and Repair. He also has two years’ experience in general and automotive machine shops specializing in cylinder heads and engine lower end machine work and engine assembly.
He holds current ASE certification in Engine Rebuilding and Repair, Brakes, Steering Suspension and Alignment, Electrical, and Engine Performance. He is Master Engine Machinist and hold current certification in Cylinder Heads, Blocks, and Engine Assembly.
Additionally, he has four years’ experience as a high school automotive instructor at Jordan High School in Long Beach. His career at Golden West College Auto Technology started in August of 2006 when he came on board as a full time instructor to teach Engine Rebuilding and Repair, Brakes and Steering, Suspension and Alignment. So he is starting his seventh year here at Golden West College and is presently managing the Honda PACT program for Auto Technology.
Bryan holds membership in the following professional organizations: California Automotive Teachers (CAT), North American Conference of Automotive Teachers (NACAT), Automotive Engine Rebuilders Association (AERA), Automotive Service of Excellence (ASE)
Master’s Degree in Education - National University
Teaching Credential in Industrial Arts - National University
Bachelor's Degree in Spanish - Calif. State University, Long Beach
Certificate of Achievement in Machine Technology, Orange Coast College
Mike Russell worked in the automotive industry for 15 years before becoming an instructor. Although specializing in automatic and manual transmissions, his experience includes bumper-to-bumper service and repair. Mike is an ASE Master Technician and has a vocational teaching credential for Automotive Repair. In addition, Mike holds a Bachelors of Arts in Career and Technical Studies from CSUSB and is a member of the California Automotive Teachers (CAT).
Adjunct Professors: Here in Auto Technology we also have some very highly qualified Adjunct or part-time Instructors. These individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds, from auto service and repair business owners to Evaluation Team leader with NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation). So they bring to their classes the latest information and technology from the auto service and repair field and we are proud to have them on our team.