- Gasoline engines
- Airbag safety systems
- HVAC systems
- Diesel engines
- Automotive body systems
- Suspension & alignment
- Automatic transmissions
- Automotive paint systems
- Industrial hydraulics
- Manual transmissions
- Tires—Production and Failure
- Differential/transfer case
- Hydraulic brake systems
- Fuel injection
- Dealer operations
- Air brake systems
- Frame repair
- Multiple battery systems
- Electrical systems
- Traction control systems
- Handicapped controls
- Electronic systems
- Automotive hydraulic systems
- General shop equipment
- OEM security systems
- Silicon controlled rectifier systems
- Automotive computers
- Aftermarket security systems
- California Motor Vehicle Code
- Safety standards
- Antilock brake systems
- Automobile Industry Standards
- Electric vehicles
Professional Licenses & Accreditations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence:
Certified Master Automobile Technician
Manual Drive Train and Axles
Suspension and Steering
Heating and Air Conditioning
Certified Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technician
Suspension and Steering
Certified Master Collision Repair and Refinish Technician
Nonstructural Damage Analysis and Repair
Structural Damage Analysis and Repair
Painting and Refinishing
Mechanical and Electrical Components
Certified Master Engine Machinist
Cylinder Head Specialist
Engine Block Specialist
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator—National Association of Fire Investigators
Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator—National Association of Fire Investigators
Certified Technician in Silicon Controlled Rectifier Equipment and Electric Vehicles
Graduated from General Electric University, Industrial Controls Division, (6 mo. program)
Certified Low-Speed Collision Investigator—Redlands University
State of California Licenses:
Private Investigator License Number Automotive Repair Dealer Smog Check Mechanic
LWG Expert Advantage
Over 35 years of experience in the automotive, heavy truck and general equipment industry providing investigations in the following areas:
- Mechanical Inspections
- Body & paint inspections
- Frame inspections
- Vehicle fire cause and origin
- Vehicle theft analysis
- Engine failure analysis
- Body shop/service department fraud
- Accident reconstruction (mechanical)
- Subrogation issue analysis
- Lemon law inspection
- Parts identification
- Witness marks
- Industry codes and standards
- Oil/fuel/fluid analysis
- Design defect analysis
- Damage appraisal
- Special construction appraisal
- Product failure analysis
- Low speed impact analysis
- Staged collision analysis
- Vehicle dealer standards
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, Ca. 1978
Master of Science, Engineering Management, California Coast University, Santa Ana, CA, 2003
Instructor Certification, Land Rover University, Mission Viejo, Ca. 1998
Instructor Accreditation, Cerritos College, Norwalk, Ca. 1993
Plant Engineer Certification, General Electric University, Charlottesville, Va. 1982
A very experienced hands-on expert that has assisted attorneys, insurance carriers and manufacturers with cases in throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.
Displays exceptional skill in conducting mechanical, tire and body inspections on automobiles, heavy trucks, RVs, general construction equipment, and marine applications to determine cause and origin of failure as well as any possible subrogation issues.
Also has extensive knowledge in theft loss analysis and vehicle fire cause and origin investigations, component failure and defect liability. Body Shop and Service Dept. fraud investigations, low speed impact accident reconstruction utilizing vehicle crush and witness marks and routinely performs staged collision analysis.
Also provides expertise in metallurgical failure, oil and fuel analysis reports for casualty cause determination and performing industry standards and practices investigations.
- Vehicle Fire, Arson, & Explosion Science and Technology, NAFI, September 2011 (32 hrs)
- Vehicle Fire Investigation—Death and Injury, IAAI, March 2006, (20 hrs)
- Bi-Fuel Vehicle Seminar, BMW of North America, March 2006, (20 hrs)
- Testing Methods for Polymeric Composites, ASTM, September 2005, (16hrs)
- The Tire as a Vehicle Component, Society of Automotive Engineers, June 2002 (8 hrs).
- Tire and Wheel Safety Issues, Society of Automotive Engineers, June 2002 (8 hrs).
- Speed Determination from Crush Analysis, University of Riverside, August 2002 (40 hrs).
- Vehicle Fire Cause and Origin, California Conference of Arson Investigators, January 2002 (20 hrs.).
- Basic Fire and Arson Investigation, California Conference of Arson Investigators, July 2001 (22 hrs)
- Fraud Investigation, So. Cal. Fraud Investigators Association, June 2001 (8 hrs).
- Principles of Investigating Low-Speed Impacts, University of Riverside, March 2001 (40 hrs)
- Accident Reconstruction: State of the Art Technical Topics, Society of Automotive Engineers,
- December 1999, (16 hrs)
- Introduction to Land Rover Products, Land Rover University (LRU), April 1998 (40 hrs)
- Engine Design and Overhaul, LRU, April 1998 (24 hrs)
- Engine Management Systems, LRU, April 1998 (24 hrs)
- Electrical Principles, Design, and Troubleshooting, Beginning Level, LRU May 1998 (24 hrs)
- Electrical and Electronic Principles and Troubleshooting, Advanced Level, May 1998 (24 hrs)
- Automatic Transmission Design, Diagnosis, and Service, LRU, May 1998 (24 hrs)
- Manual Transmission Design and Overhaul, LRU, June 1998 (24 hrs)
- Transfer Case Design and Overhaul, LRU, June 1998 (24 hrs)
- Chassis and Suspension Systems Design and Overhaul, LRU, July 1998 (24 hrs)
- Axles, Swivels, and Differentials Design and Overhaul, LRU, July 1998 (24 hrs)
- Testbook Diagnosis Systems, LRU, August 1998 (24 hrs)
- Airbag and Safety Systems, LRU, August 1998 (24 hrs)
- Antilock Brake and Traction Control Systems and, LRU, September 1998 (24 hrs.)
- Heating, Ventilation, Climate Control, and AC Systems, LRU, September 1998 (24 hrs)
- Vehicle Fire Analysis, LRU, September 1998, (18 hrs)
- Production and Operations Management, California Coast University (CCU), (45 hrs)
- Engineering Systems, CCU, (45 hrs.)
- Engineering Planning and Control, CCU, (45 hrs.)
- Technological Forecasting, CCU, 45 hrs.
- Computer Technology for Managers, CCU, 45 hrs.
- Engineering and Financial Management, CCU, 45 hrs.
- Organizational Behavior, CCU, 45 hrs
- Engineering Management Science, CCU, 45 hrs.
- Quantitative Methods, CCU, 45 hrs.
- The Research Process, CCU, 45 hrs.
- Master’s Thesis Research Topic: Automotive Fire: An Engineering Approach.