As a 1985 graduate of DCTC, he earned a diploma in auto body collision technology and took a year of automotive technician courses. He previously taught night courses in automobile restoration and has mentored many new techs in the industry.
Over the last 20 years, Gerry worked in state-of-the-art collision shops, doing heavy-frame and body work with the most modern technology and equipment. Because that is the main focus of the program's second-year class, which is Gerry's area of responsibility, he believes that he has lots of experience to share.
Gerry is an ASE Master Technician, which means that he is certified by the National Institute of Automobile Service Excellence in all eight automotive testing areas. Earning ASE Master Certification is an exceedingly difficult accomplishment. Master Technicians are the highest paid technicians in the industry and are called on to handle the most sophisticated and complicated repairs.
Gerry has also earned I-CAR certification. An international nonprofit organization, I-CAR is a recognized world leader in technical training for the collision industry.
As for his teaching philosophy, Gerry likes to give hands-on demonstrations of assigned tasks. He follows through by providing his students with the latest tools and technology and then closely supervises the completion of a given task.
"Seeing a student figure it out for the first time is the best part of my job as a DCTC instructor," Gerry says. "I look forward to seeing my students gain confidence in their own abilities."
Gerry enjoys four-wheeling and motorcycling, but most of all he likes taking his kids to their athletic events.