RR 218: Rick Escalambre, Educator – Trainer

Rick Escalambre earned his Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Arts from San Francisco State University. He taught full-time at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA for 31 years. In June 2015, he retired from full-time teaching and continues to teach part-time and do contract training.  In addition to teaching Engine Performance related subjects, he coordinated one of the largest and finest automotive programs in the State of California.

Rick previously taught high school automotive courses, managed a Chevron Service Station and owned a general automotive repair business in Concord, CA.

For nine years he was the Chairperson for the former Bureau of Automotive Repair Smog Check Education Advisory Committee. He is a past president and current newsletter editor for the California Automotive Teachers (CAT) Association. Currently, Rick is a member of the NASTF Education Committee.

Skyline College’s facility, equipment, dynamometers and vehicles allowed him to conduct extensive in-depth research of OBD II System Operation & Diagnosis, and Evaporative Emission Systems. Rick is a respected author and editor of books in the field of Engine Performance, Evaporative Emission Systems, and Computer Controls.

Rick’s goal is to provide information that will help teachers and technicians perform their respective jobs more effectively.

Rick was honored in 2015 with the VISION Educator of the Year honor.

Episode Talking Points:

  • Research is an important part of teaching, even writing, but that time is being reduced because of admin work.
  • 2017 Vision Educators Think Tank Panel Discussion:
    • Goals to address the technician shortage.
    • Education in industry.
    • Hard working committee to handle this very important industry issue.
    • Educators that are involved reap big rewards.
  • Shop owners need to get involved with secondary and post-secondary education.
  • Rick believes that licensing and a post-secondary standardized training model is a must for the industry.
    • Best example there are 77 automotive technology programs at community college’s in California and there are 77 different training models
    • He would like to see one organization take on this challenge to unite programs into a teaching standard
    • Regarding licensing, he likes Canada’s program they have a true apprentice programs and standards that show proficiency
  • As one of the highest revenue generating industries, we are united but divided.
    • We call aftermarket professionals independent and that mislabeling has a negative impact on the industry.
  • In California, if you bring your own tools you get paid double minimum wage.
  • Shops today need to recruit from the colleges and develop a mentorship/apprentice program. See Mike Davidson’s podcast here pertaining for a program for growing your own techs.
  • What to look for in a college graduate; Attitude, Attendance, Appearance, are they Trainable, can they Learn how to fix cars. The above and an apprentice program to gain work experience makes a top technician.

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About the author, Carm Capriotto

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast; the only one of its type in the automotive aftermarket. Carm calls on his 35 years’ experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

Listen to raw, unfiltered, honest, and sincere stories that include insights, trends, best practices and expertise. Each interview brings an opportunity to learn one new thing through the stories of personal achievement. Many podcast guests tell their story of transformation from working in their business to working on it.

As host, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ path to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.