Bruce Cosby was hired by the Bureau of Automotive Repairs’ Technical Training Unit in 1998 as a BAR Certified Instructor and traveled extensively through out California as a Technical Trainer providing in depth training to Bureau undercover field personnel, management and support staff. He also occasionally acted as a technical advisor to the California Highway Patrols MAIT Team offering technical support in accident investigations. He also holds a special subjects certificate from the Bureau for Private Post Secondary Education. Bruce is an Adjunct Professor at American River College in the Vocational Education Department, were he was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2001. Bruce holds 2 Bachelors Degrees, one in Business Administration and one in Vocational Education, and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Bruce is a Master Certified Technician, a graduate of the Ford ASSET Program and holds numerous certificates with General Motors, Chrysler, Toyota and Honda. He instructs a variety of courses including several Toyota T-Ten classes at American River College. He has designed and implemented curriculum for American River College and Advanced Automotive Training. Bruce stays current with the rapid changing industry by continually upgrading his skills. He is certified in both Honda and Toyota’s Hybrid platforms and introduces Hydrogen Fuel Theory into his lectures. Although well trained, Bruce’s strengths really rests in his passion for teaching, he can impart knowledge and explain difficult concepts into an easily understood format that the students retain. He also teaches students how to take Harvard Notes, this was a survival skill he learned while attending Gas Turbine Engineering School for the US Navy. This unique form of note taking increases the student’s retention factor while reducing their stress level which in turn results in high passing scores for the various exams that are administered.
David Bry started his career at age 9 filling the soda machines and cleaning the bathrooms in his dad’s two auto shops. From this inauspicious start he progressed to a Platinum level technician with a Honda dealership. During his time with Honda, Dave was ranked among the top 20 Honda technicians nationwide. He has held ASE Master Automobile Technician (with L1, F1, and G1 certification) and California Smog Check technician licenses since 1986. He currently teaches automotive at the high school and college levels and has been a BAR certified instructor since 2005. When not teaching automotive subjects, Dave can be found dabbling in his hobbies of photography, distance running, and aviation.
J.R. Thompson presently owns an auto repair facility in the Truckee/Tahoe area and has founded and operated many successful auto repair shops. J.R. Thompson has served in the automotive industry for more than 35 years. He is an ASE Master Certified Automotive Technician with certifications in A-9, L-1, L3, F-1, and X-1. In addition, he is certified by the Bureau of Automotive Repair as Certified Training Instructor and is an Automotive Professor at Lassen Community College. J.R. has held a smog and repair technician license for over 20 years and a brake and lamp license for over 10 years. He brings "real world" business experience to the classroom and has taught many automotive business courses.
Porter Bingaman started his career 23 years ago at Grand Auto as a Lube Tech. He worked his way up to Regional Service Trainer responsible for training Technicians and Service managers for 23 stores in 4 states. After Grand Auto was sold he continued in retail opening and managing stores for Wheel Works and Penske before returning to being a technician. He is currently a technician in a Cadillac dealership specializing in drivability, electrical, hybrid and diesel. He is an ASE certified master tech in A1-A9 and L1. He is a BAR certified Smog instructor as well as holding an EI and EO inspector and repair licenses. He is 100% STS certified in all GM training categories including Certified Technology expert. Currently working at a dealership allows for the opportunity to bring real world experience and introduce students to more advanced methods as the technology advances in the new model vehicle.