Technician.Academy Podcasts

Our Award Winning podcast series focuses on the automotive industry and how it’s impacting the technicians of today and tomorrow. Hosted by ASE Certified Master Technician Richard Young and featuring experts from across the automotive industry including instructors, shop owners, manufacturers, and technicians. Download a new podcast bi-monthly and expand your knowledge.

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Episode #23 with Jill Trotta – The Importance of Women and Properly Trained Technicians

In the 23rd episode of Technician.Academy’s podcast series, podcast guest Jill Trotta discusses her Women in Auto Care’s Woman of Excellence for 2017 award, the importance of properly training technicians in the bay and of female owners/technicians in the automotive repair industry, and more. Jill Trotta is the Director of the Automotive Group at RepairPal and has been a professional in the automotive industry for over 24 years. Trotta brings her experience as an ASE Certified technician and consultant and as a shop manager to the table in this highly informative podcast. Tune in today.

Episode #22 with Gerard Uhls – Training Tomorrow’s Technicians Today

In Episode #22 of Technician.Academy’s podcast series, Professor of Automotive Technology at Jefferson College, Gerard Uhls, discusses his program at Jefferson. He shares his thoughts on why a trained technician is so important, why the industry has such a shortage, and technician repair shop interaction. Gerard has worked in the automotive field for 29 years earning a Master Automotive Technician certification (ASE). Gerard has been recognized by ASE for 25 years of continuous certification and is also certified in both Maintenance, Light Repair (MLR), Light Diesel plus he is gold certified with Daimler Chrysler. Gerard has been with Jefferson College since the fall of 2003.

Episode #21 with Shari Pheasant – Female Owners and Technicians in the Automotive Industry

The 21st episode of Technician.Academy’s podcast series provides a lively discussion with Shari Pheasant, a professional that’s been in the game for over thirty years. Pheasant is a shop co-owner, has founded several organizations and written a book titled “24 Car Care Tips for Women” (learn more at:, and is a member of Women in Auto Care, among other things. In the podcast, she discusses the importance of female owners and technicians in the industry, why the automotive industry doesn’t attract many females, the types of innovations that she believes will change the industry in the near future, and much more. Tune in now to hear more from Shari Pheasant.

Episode #20 Cassy Marsh with Carter Fuel Systems – Young Women in the Industry

In Episode #20 of Technician.Academy’s podcast series, Cassy Marsh, assistant product manager at Carter Fuel Systems discusses what led her to pursue a career in the automotive industry. Cassy gives her thoughts on aftermarket manufacturers and why it is important that they have good working relationships with today’s technicians. She also discusses her thoughts about working in a male-dominated industry and some tips for young women in the industry today. Tune in now to hear more from Cassy.

Episode #19 with Eric the Car Guy – The Power of Automotive Repair Videos

In the 19th Episode of Technician.Academy’s podcast series, Eric Cook, better known as “Eric the Car Guy”, talks about his presence on YouTube, the motivation behind his YouTube channels as well as viewer demographics, and the importance of technician training today. Eric the Car Guy began posting repair videos on YouTube in 2009, and between his two channels—Eric the Car Guy and ETCG!—he’s posted over 900 videos. As a strong presence on YouTube and in the automotive industry, Eric the Car Guy understands the power of training and the importance of solving technician shortages.

Episode #18 – Behind the Scenes with Debbie Nol, Service Shop Owner

In Episode #18 of Technician.Academy’s podcast series, Debbie Nol, Business Manager at Arie Nol Auto Center, discusses her shop and how she got into the automotive business. Nol originally joined her husband in running the family business in 2000 with no interest in the industry. Now, her favorite part of her job is interacting with customers and encouraging them to ask questions. Nol also talks about the repair industry and her future goals as a shop owner. Tune in now to learn more about Debbie Nol and her shop.

Episode #17 – The Value of Recruiting and Retaining Trained Technicians with Larry Renschler

In Episode #17 of Technician.Academy’s podcast series, Fixed Operations Manager for Romain Crosspoint, Larry Renschler, discusses with CEO Shawn Collins the value of a trained technician and the issues people are having with locating quality employees. As heard in the previous podcast, there is a real problem of technician shortages, and Renschler also voices his opinions on what could be causing this shortage and how it can be solved. As a manager, Renschler also explains what he looks for in a new employee and how his organization is working to retain new technicians after the first year.

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