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Tom O’Connor


Master Certified Technician, VW & Asian Vehicles

Tom O’Connor

How did you choose your profession?

I don’t know if I really chose it as a profession. At a very early age I made things, took things apart. I took apart my tricycle apart. This is a common story among the best mechanics.

 

 

What was your first automotive job?

1963, European Motor Service, it was a small British Car shop. We worked on Anglias, Triumphs, MG, Sunbeam, Hillman, Rover. Cars that are rarely seen anymore

How long have you been doing what you do?

Fifty-two years and counting

What certifications do you hold?

NAISE Master, ASE master with L1, Robert Bosch Certification, Volkswagen Registered Master

What is the weirdest thing you have found in a car during a job that should not have been there?

A loaded hand gun

What are you known for professionally? What do you have a knack for?

Early in my career I worked for and with exceptionally good, European trained mechanics. From them I learned sound diagnostic habits.  That coupled with a natural sense of curiosity, I can sort problems that stump many others. I have very  good smith skills and can make almost anything.

What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?

Over a period of years I have had the opportunity to mentor a few of the areas really good mechanics and shop owners.  It’s a lot fun to see a young mechanics skills develop and remember when I was learning those same lesson so many years ago.

I take a great deal of pride in what I do. I really like what I do.

Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?

I think I’m what Outside Magazine calls an Eco-Jock. I’ve hiked segments of Appalachian, Cascade and Pacific Trails. I built the kayak that I paddled from MI to WI. Ridden my bike from Baton Rouge to Cincinnati and so on…

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