Congratulations to Mr. Jason Cozzolino, who was chosen to be our Instructor of the Second Quarter! Mr. Cozzolino is an Automotive Service Technology instructor and has been at AAI for 7 years. That’s nothing compared to how long he’s been in the automotive industry – almost 30 years. He holds several of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications, and throughout his lengthy career in the automotive industry, he has worked for Chrysler, Jeep, and Volkswagen, as well as in engine performance shops. Mr. Cozzolino has done everything from light line service to heavy line service.
We had a chance to ask Mr. Cozzolino a few questions about his time in the industry.
Who do you look up to most in the automotive industry?
I look to people my age (46) still working as a tech for a living. This industry, like many others, wears people out.
What is your favorite kind of car to work on and why?
I like to work on domestic muscle cars especially the not so popular ones. These are the cars that I worked on with my dad and got me interested in this industry.
What was your first car?
My first car was a 1974 AMC Hornet hatchback. It was different, and ended up being very fast!
What made you want to work on cars?
I worked on them with my dad, he’s a motor head also. It’s all I ever wanted to do.
What is the weirdest thing you have found in a car that you were working on?
I had a customer complain about a rattle in the dash of his car. When I started to remove the upper dash panel I found part of somebody’s false teeth.
What tool in your tool box do you use the most?
I use my flashlight the most. Not the most glamorous tool, but how can you fix something you can’t see?
Of all the maintenance that cars need, which is the one that will keep the car healthiest the longest?
The basics will keep a car going for a pretty long time. Things like oil changes and filters.
What made you go into teaching?
Like I said this industry beats you up, I didn’t want to be turning wrenches at 60. I wanted to find something auto related that didn’t beat me up so bad. I was also fortunate enough to have 2 older techs take me under their wing when I was very green. Without them I would not have had the success I did. This is my way of honoring them.
What is the one thing that you want your students to know about you that they might not know?
I used to own and manage a women’s hair salon. Not that I feel they need to know this, but I bet none of them know.
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