RR 450: Michael Eilbracht – Becoming an Industry Trainer

Think about how many professional teachers found their calling. This is Michael Eilbracht and his take on becoming a trainer.


Michael Eilbracht knows he has found his calling to be an industry trainer and shares lessons on becoming a trainer. He has presented at Vision and will parlay his career as a Full-Time Transit Bus Technician, and owner of MJE Diagnostics into a professional Heavy Duty Electrical and Drive-ability Training Business. 

This is a ‘real story’ on finding your groove and sticking to it. Listen to the depth of his experience and for his passion to help people.

Michael Eilbracht is Full-Time Transit Bus Technician for the Champaign & Urbana Mass Transit District in Urbana, Illinois and also runs MJE Diagnostics which is a Heavy Duty Electrical and Drive-ability Training Business.  Michael has 22 years of experience as a Transit Bus technician with ASE Master Transit Bus Certification and is also an L2 Advanced Level Specialist. He also has numerous Factory Certifications from Cummins, Allison Transmission, ZF Transmissions, Detroit Diesel and Thermo King.


Michael has also been to OEM Training for New Flyer and Gillig Buses. For four years Michael also Instructed at Parkland College in Champaign IL for the Diesel Power Equipment Technology Program where he taught Intro to Electrical Systems for Agriculture, Heavy Equipment, and Motor Truck.  Michael started his Heavy Duty Electrical and Drive-ability Training Business 1 year ago. Michael enjoys instructing and helping others and takes great pride knowing that he is making a difference for the Heavy Duty Industry. For the future, Michael hopes to also be able to provide Mobile Diagnostic Services or his current customers and his new ones as well. He is also the Midwest Distributor for Autonerdz.com 


Key Talking Points:

  •  Aspires to be mobile heavy duty tech
    • Sees need and help requests from truck shops and dealerships
  • Trainer
    • Met with old diesel instructor and asked if he could instruct electrical for 4 years at community college
    • Learned diagnostics and saw advantages of niche market 
    • Loves training and keeps it relaxed and relate-able 
    • Has hands on instruction approach 
    • Encourages former students to reach out and ask for advice
  • Advice
    • Need constant  updated training 
    • Diesels aren’t the same as before- modules, controls etc


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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast and the pioneer of automotive aftermarket podcasts. Carm calls on his years of 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 of over 1,000 episodes, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ paths to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.

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