Real world experience is an important part of transportation trades training at VCC. Alongside supportive and knowledgeable instructors, our students train with the most up-to-date equipment in our campus auto shop. Graduates are prepared to meet current industry needs and establish a successful career in the automotive collision repair and commercial transport industries.
David Cross is a dual-ticketed collision and refinishing technician, instructor, and department head of the Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing programs at VCC. He began his career in 1985 taking his auto collision technical training at Camosun College in Victoria, B.C. Wanting to further develop his skills, David completed training at VCC for automotive refinishing and Provincial Instructor Diploma. He has been a member of the faculty at VCC for over 10 years. David and his wife, Andrea, proudly support their 2 daughters in competitive Irish Dance which has taken the family all over the world to places like Boston, Philadelphia, and London, with Dublin being a particular highlight.
Robert began his automotive career in 1984 as an Apprentice Technician with Aamco transmissions; he has succeeded in various roles within the automotive industry including shop foreman, service manger and franchise deployment. Robert is an Interprovincial Red Seal qualified technician and Journeyman driveline specialist with over 30 years of experience. Robert started his pedagogical profession with VCC in 2001, with prior instructional experience for a private automotive trainer. Currently Robert enjoys teaching the International Automotive Service Technician Diploma program students as well as Level 4 Apprentices. His dedication and passion of the trade and his willingness to provide excellent mentoring make him a strong student choice.
Rick has been involved in HD/CT Mechanics since he was 18. He is certified in Heavy Duty Mechanics, Commercial Transportation, and Commercial Vehicle Inspection. He also has the Provincial Instructors Diploma and is Cummins and Caterpillar certified. He is currently a subject matter expert working on building content for the new HD/CT program and sits on VCC’s Policy committee.
Don Bach comes from a farming background in southern Alberta. While working on the family farm, he started his Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport apprenticeship in 1980 which led to a Red Seal certificate. He began his teaching career in 1992, at Lethbridge Community College, while also pursuing an English and Communication Theory degree at University of Lethbridge. At LCC, he taught both Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport and English.
In 2006, he moved to Vancouver and started teaching heavy equipment trades at VCC.
Jason Devisser is the department head for the Auto Service Technician Department at Vancouver Community College. He led the development of the flexible learning model for AST training. Prior to becoming the department head he was the associate director and an instructor in the AST department for eight years. Before joining VCC, Jason worked as a diagnostic technician at Nissan for 13 years. Jason currently possesses his Interprovincial Red Seal, Commercial Vehicle Inspector, AirCare, master technician, and senior technician certification. Jason’s expertise is in the development and implementation of various educational materials and models for AST Training. His objective is to develop international relationships within the automotive industry to train technicians across the world.
Bryan came to VCC with over 30 years of field experience on heavy duty construction equipment and commercial transport. He was a shift foreman on the Revel stoke Dam project on the Columbia River. He also worked on several Major projects such as Mica Dam Hydro project, CP double tracking through the Rodgers Pass, Coquihalla Highway. Bryan has a level two in Occupations Health & Safety and has served as a safety officer and first aid instructor.
Bryan has a Provincial Instructors Diploma, Red Seal certification in both Automotive Repair and Heavy Duty Repair, Master Instructors certification Forklift & Aisle Truck, Air Brake Instructors certification, BC Air Brake Assessment Officer Certification, CVSA Certified Inspection, and Level 1 Drivers Licence with air endorsement.
Greg Henderson started in the automotive industry in 1983 working for Honda his entire career as a technician. Along the way he established himself as one of the top Honda technicians in Western Canada, competing in Honda's Tech Rec program three times as a Western Canadian Tech Representative. He currently holds licences in Red Seal, AirCare certification, as well as the Motor Vehicle Inspection endorsement. Greg started at VCC in 2003 and has absolutely loved the transition from technician to mentor. He enjoys all aspects of teaching but loves the enthusiasm of his Apprentices most. He has many passions including hiking, prospecting and his real love - racing. Racing has always been in his blood and he has raced or been involved with almost all motorsport in some form or another since he was 16 years old. Greg's racing highlight was winning the very first drag racing Oscar (called a Wally) at the new Mission Raceways Park in 1994. There, he was racing against competitors from all over USA and Canada. He has also been track champion multiple times in drag racing and in his current interest: racing track karts. He currently is crew chief for his daughter's racing team that has been very succesful over the past five years winning several Provincial and track kart championships. During the winter months he enjoys building racing engines for a select few competitors in karting. In 2012-2013 Greg built the two winning engines at the largest 4 stroke karting event in North America called the IKF 4-stroke Grand Nationals. Race on!
Andu has been an auto service technician for 27 years, 22 of these years as a successful shop owner. His qualifications include: Interprovincial Red Seal, Aircare Technician, Air Conditioning and CVIP Vehicle Inspector. Teaching at VCC gives Andu an opportunity to give back to an industry that has supported him and his family for many years. When not in a classroom or under the hood of a car, Andu can be found in far off places travelling with his wife.
Ryan Lee has been in the automotive industry for over 10 years. He holds a diploma in Automotive Service and has worked in dealerships in North Vancouver, Surrey and Toronto. After years of being in the automotive business, Ryan has come to be a motor racing fan, specifically Formula 1 Racing. While away from the college he enjoys playing hockey and getting out on the golf course. Although Ryan is one of the newest members of the Automotive Service Technician Department at VCC, he is committed to educating students to be job ready for the automotive industry.
Keith is an instructor in Automotive Mechanics; He has his British Columbia Trade Qualification in automotive mechanics, the Provincial Red Seal. He received his BC Provincial Instructors Diploma at Vancouver Community College. Keith has worked both in the aftermarket and dealer industry markets and at one time owned his own shop. After 30+ years in the industry, Keith decided to change his career and help pass his knowledge on to the next generation of technicians. Keith has also work closely with the Vancouver Police Department’s Commercial Vehicle Division in vehicle mechanical safety. Keith is a volunteer with a group called the WestCoast Ride to Live and the fight against prostate cancer.
Louis has been in the automotive mechanical and customer service field in the late 1970s. He started in the automotive industry in Calgary, AB where he had first immigrated to Canada to follow his passion in this field. He enjoys teaching his students because it gives him a newfound purpose where he can help young learners find any type of answers from his classes. Louis looks forward to achieving his goals with new technologies and meeting new challenges that he will surpass and possibly invent new possibilities as well.
Dave Niessen is a proud alumni and graduate of the original Diesel Technician program, which was offered at the Vancouver Vocational Institute in Vancouver. Dave is a certified Heavy Duty Technician, Diesel Engine Mechanic and 4th Class Marine Engineer. He gained his Heavy Duty experience at the Bethlehem Cooper Mine and Crown Zellerbac Coastal Logging expanding his experience to the Marine sector at Rivtow Straits and Commercial Transport at Clark Freightways. Dave has worked in the industry for a total of 12 years and has been teaching for 24 years. Dave is a compassionate committed instructor who believes that foundation training is the key component and the foundation for a successful and safe career in the Mechanical Trades.
David Potkins is a Red Seal certified automotive collision repair technician with over 40 years of industry experience. He has been an instructor at VCC for the past 14 years and teaching all levels from entry-level to apprenticeship. David credits his kids, aged 15-26, with helping him prepare for teaching ACE-IT Collision to high school students which he has been doing for the past nine years. One of David’s biggest rewards is the success of his students in finding their place in the trades. He looks forward to many more years working at VCC.
Alex Romashenko has been working in the automotive trade for over 25 years. He is Interprovincial Red Seal qualified and also posesses certificates in advanced automotive electronics and engine management. Alex has worked on most makes and models of cars, gaining his experience from working in a private garage and for a Chrysler dealership. He is a past graduate of the VCC automotive program and now enjoys teaching the up-and-coming students in the trade. Alex still stays active in repairing and building cars with the students at VCC.
Dennis Shorter learned the proper care and use of tool and equipment at an early age. His father, an industrial spray painter and neighbourhood handyman, could fix anything and had a well-equipped tool box and work bench which he encouraged Dennis to use. Dennis has always had a passion for automobiles and worked part-time at gas stations while in high school. After graduation, he went to work with his brother-in-law who was an automotive refinisher. His first day on the job, the boss suggested Dennis take up an apprenticeship in collision repair. The year was 1972. After 20 years in the trade, Dennis was hired on as an instructor for the Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing Department at VCC where he has taught foundation and apprenticeship classes. Involved in the automotive collision repair industry for over 40 years, Dennis has never been unemployed and has lived a comfortable life and raised a family.
Derek Sproston has over twenty years’ experience in the automotive collision industry. He graduated from VCC’s Automotive Refinishing and Automotive Collision Repair Programs in 1998 and earned a Red Seal interprovincial ticket in Automotive Refinishing. In 2010, Derek returned to school and graduated from the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program. He has been teaching automotive refinishing at VCC for the past seven years. In addition to teaching, Derek has worked as a technical representative in the industry. In his spare time, Derek coaches his sons’ hockey and soccer, and he himself enjoys playing hockey. He lives in Langley with his wife and two sons.
Mario joined VCC in 1998. He is a certified automotive painter by trade with a combined 28 years experience within the automotive refinishing industry. He has taught apprenticeship, entry level and high school programs. Mario served seven of his fifteen years at the college as a department head. He has also played an important role in developing unique and creative department programs as well as working closely with various provincial and federal trades organizations. In his spare time, Mario enjoys outdoor activities such as west coast fishing, hiking and kayaking.
Doreen Wong’s 30 years of industry experience began when she completed entry-level trades training at VVI (VCC) in the early 1980s which she then followed with apprenticeship training. Doreen has a journeyperson certification in Motor Vehicle Body Repair, an Automotive Paint (TQ) Certificate of Qualification, and Certificate of Apprenticeship Inter-Provincially Certified (Red Seal). In 2004, Doreen joined the team at VCC’s Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing Department as an instructional assistant. Doreen eventually became an instructor and has taught foundation and apprenticeship levels in-class, on-line, and via distance learning.
Tom Wutke was hired in 1988 when another stream of collision repair was added. Since 1990, he has taught entry-level training, I-CAR training, along with all levels of apprenticeship. Tom has also been involved in curriculum writing for the auto collision courses, as well as the development of the auto glass certificate program. In his spare time, Tom enjoys RVing, fishing, and golfing.