Randy Nussler received his Associate in Science degree in Automotive Technology from NEIT in 1989. Since that time, Randy spent 18 years as an automotive technician before serving as a full-time automotive technology instructor at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina for the past nine years.
In November, 2014, the Automotive Aftermarket division of The Gates Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial and automotive products, announced in collaboration with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), that Randy was named the 2014 Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year. ASE is a non-profit organization established to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals. Randy, who has been ASE certified for 25 years, was recognized for his commitment to the success of his students and to the automotive service industry.
Randy also received the 2008 North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) New Instructor Award and the 2012 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence in Teaching Award, among others. He now shares his insights with Tech News readers.
What made you decide to attend NEIT for your Associate Degree?
New England Tech’s reputation is what drove me as a sophomore in an automotive program at William Davies Vocational Technical High School in Lincoln, Rhode Island, to set my sight on NEIT’s Automotive Technology program.
How did you choose your program?
I worked with my father on small engines as a young teenager, but I found I was lost under the hood of a car which drove my intrigue even more. I was given an opportunity to attend high school automotive classes at Davies where I established a good foundational understanding of vehicle systems. But with both the variety and complexity of vehicles, I knew I needed more education and training.
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