Nick has a Bachelors degree in Industrial Technology (concentrating in automotive technology) and a Masters in Vocational Education from Cal State University of Los Angeles. Additionally he holds a clear life teaching credential from State of California which he achieved through education department at CSULA. He set up the country’s first SMOG certification school while teaching at Los Angeles Unified School District where a good number of his students obtained Smog Licenses and gained employment. For his Master’s thesis, he spent three years at several automaker training centers investigating computer control and diagnostic capabilities of automotive computers. He attended many automaker training centers studying at Ford, Chrysler, GM, Toyota, and Bosch/VW.
Nick earned a full ASE master technician with advanced diagnostic certificate and an ASE certification for alternative fuels, and diesel certification. Nick is a licensed inspector and repair technician since 1982; and he holds 11 ASE certificates and 4 state licenses with 40 years of experience in the field.
As much as Nick enjoys working on vehicles, he enjoys teaching just as much. In the 80’s, he taught Electronic Engine Control and State Smog program at Los Angeles Unified School District for 4 years. A number of his students earned State Smog Licenses. More recently, Nick teaches Automotive Electrical/Electronic and Computer Controls Course at the College of Marin as a full time tenured instructor. Nick, himself, enrolls in master classes to stay current with an ever evolving industry.
William started his careers at College of Marin attending automotive program in 2007. He has been working in the field as a technician since 2009. In order to improve his skills and knowledge level, he took several classes with Nick at COM and when he heard his professor is running his own shop, he applied for a position at the shop despite his employment at a shop in San Francisco. He is currently working on his ASE certificates under Nick's watchful eye.
Fay manages the office and oversees the day-to-day operations of Fara's. When she is not managing the operations she is rescuing dogs and finding them good homes.