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How to Become a Thermostat Instead of a Thermometer- Dave Hobbs [RR 601]

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.

Key Talking Points:

  • Become a thermostat instead of a thermometer 
    • When things heat up with frustration thermometers react, thermostats do something (cool down or heat up)
    • Pertains to shop owners, managers, and lead technicians- it’s in our control
  • Virtual classes
    • Difficult to connect with distant learning- no interaction and often time camera for zoom calls are off
    • Missing the important feedback from in person classes
  • ADAS training
    • Many cars don’t require targets for radar or cameras that you can do yourself
    • Fuzzbuster, thermal imager etc are tools you can use (“MacGyver” tips)   
  • Love of cars and the car industry- then vs now
    • Dave’s first car- ‘61 Chevy Station Wagon
    • Cars have more technology on them- can appeal to tech savvy students, but still needs to have aptitude of taking apart and putting back together, coding and computers
    • Encourage women to join industry as well
    • Selling it as “computer on wheels”    

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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

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.

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