Program Chair and Instructors

Jerry Burns
Jerry Burns

Program Chairperson-General Motors-ASEP;
Associate Professor-Automotive Technology
Professor-Automotive Technology
515-964-6504
jlburns@dmacc.edu

Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in August, 2004
  • 10+ years of General Motors, Volvo, Isuzu dealership experience
  • ASE Master Technician
  • ASE Master Truck Technician
  • ASE Automobile Advanced Engine Performance Specialist (L1)
  • ASE Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis Specialist (L2)
  • ASE Light Vehicle Diesel Engines (A9)
  • ASE Auto Maintenance and Light Repair (G1)
  • General Motors World Class Certified
  • AAS Degree - Automotive Technology; Des Moines Area Community College-Ankeny, IA

Staff Development Activities:

  • General Motors factory update training
  • Ford factory training
  • Instructor update workshops
  • Attend various learning sessions thru the DMACC Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Professional Development Courses Taken thru Drake University:
    • History of Community Colleges
    • Diverse Learners
    • Teaching Methods
    • Anti-Bullying: Where to Start
    • Teacher Leadership Strategies
    • Human Relations

Contributions to DMACC's Instructional Building:

  • Assists yearly with DMACC High School Automotive Skills Contest
  • Develop pre/post test assessments for various courses
  • Update course competencies to meet the industry needs set by our Advisory Committee
  • Developing web-blended learning for use in our classes
  • Mentor to adjunct faculty
  • Participant and Committee Member of National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium

Mark Armbrecht
Mark Armbrecht
Professor-CAP, and General Motors-ASEP
515-965-7166
aarmbrecht@dmacc.edu

Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in 1994
  • 5 years of General Motors and Chrysler dealership experience
  • ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician
  • ASE Certified Advanced Level Specialist in Advanced Engine Performance, Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis, and Light Duty Hybrid/Electric Vehicle
  • Also ASE Certified in Alternative Fuels-CNG Vehicles, Auto Maintenance & Light Repair, Body Mechanical & Electrical Components, and Medium/Heavy Truck-Gas Engines, Diesel Engines, & Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • GM-Engine Performance and Electrical/Electronics Master Technician
  • Chrysler Certified Instructor
  • AAS Degree - Automotive Electronics Technology; Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA

Staff Development Activities:

  • Annually complete many hours of online and classroom General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford Training classes
  • Annually attend Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo in Kansas City, KS
  • Research new automotive technology in trade magazines as well as on-line

Contributions to DMACC's Instructional Building:

  • Annually assist with the DMACC High School Automotive Skills Contests, Skills USA, Discover DMACC Days, & other informational and recruiting activities

Shane Boots
Shane Boots
Professor-Automotive Technology
515-964-6428
shboots@dmacc.edu

Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in October 2016
  • 10+ years of General Motors dealership experience
  • ASE Master Technician
  • ASE Automobile Advanced Engine Performance Specialist (L1)
  • ASE Light Vehicle Diesel Engines (A9)
  • General Motors World Class Certified
  • AAS Degree - Automotive Technology; Des Moines Area Community College-Ankeny, IA

Staff Development Activities:

  • General Motors factory update training
  • Instructor update workshops
  • Attend various learning sessions thru the DMACC Teaching and Learning Committee

Jeff Calkin
Jeff Calkin
Professor - Auto Mechanics Technology and General Motors-ASEP
515-964-6594
jbcalkin@dmacc.edu

Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in August, 1988
  • 11 years of General Motors dealership experience
  • ASE Master Technician
  • G1 ASE Certified
  • L1 ASE certified
  • MACS Refrigerant, Recovery & Recycling
  • GM Certified
  • Management training
  • Diploma - Auto/Diesel; Lincoln Technical Institute
  • Numerous college courses at DMACC, ISU, UNI

Staff Development Activities:

  • Extensive GM courses
  • Computer update training
  • Ford training

Contributions to DMACC's Instructional Building:

  • Assists yearly with DMACC High School Automotive Skills Contest
  • Member of DMACC Calendar Committee
  • Curriculum review and updates
  • Skills USA Advisor
  • Mentor to adjunct faculty
  • Served on several hiring committees
  • Presenter for Discover DMACC Automotive days

Eric Langner
Eric Langner
Professor -Autom​otive Technology
515-964-6561
emlangner@dmacc.edu

Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in January 2018
  • 10+ years Ford, General Motors, Chrysler Dealership experience
  • Ford Senior Master Technician
  • ASE Certified
  • AAS Degree – Automotive Technology; Des Moines Area Community College – Ankeny, IA

Jim Marmon
​Jim Marmon
Professor -Automotive Technology
515-964-6272
jfmarmon@dmacc.edu

Graduated from the Automotive Program from 1972-1974

Was an Automotive Technician for Crescent Chevrolet from 1974-1981

Then he returned to DMACC and has worked in the Automotive Department ever since


BJ Olesen
BJ Olesen
Professor-Auto Mechanics Technology and General Motors-ASEP
515-964-6472
bkolesen@dmacc.edu

Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in August 2016
  • 24 years of dealership experience
  • ASE Master Technician
  • GM World Class Technician Certified
  • AAS Degree, Automotive Mechanic Technology
  • MACS Refrigerant, Recovery & Recycling
  • Graduate of the DMACC GM ASEP program in Ankeny

Staff Development Activities:

  • Extensive GM Factory Update Training
  • Instructor Update Workshops

Contributions to DMACC's Instructional Building:

  • Assists yearly in High School Skills Contest

John Russell
John Russell
Program Chairperson & Professor
MOPAR CAP Program
515-964-6891
jdrussell@dmacc.edu

Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in January, 1997
  • 18 years of FCA dealership experience
  • ASE Master Technician
  • ASE Advanced Level Specialist
  • FCA Level 3 Master Certified Technician
  • AAS Degree - Automotive Mechanics Technology; Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, IA

Staff Development Activities:

  • Completed all FCA instructor led courses
  • Completed all FCA on-line training

Contributions to DMACC's Instructional Building:

  • Many high school recruiting activities throughout Iowa and here at DMACC
  • Assists yearly with DMACC High School Automotive Skills Contest

Mike Sander
Mike Sander
Professor Automotive Technology
Career Advantage
515-965-7152
masander@dmacc.edu

Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in 2005
  • 16 years of General Motors dealership experience
  • ASE Master Technician
  • ASE G-1 Certification
  • General Motors Certification Automatic and Manual Transmissions
  • AAS Degree -Automotive Technology; Hawkeye Community College - Waterloo, IA

Staff Development Activities:

  • General Motors factory update training
  • Ford factory training
  • Instructor update workshops

Contributions to DMACC's Instructional Building:

  • Assists yearly with DMACC High School Automotive Skills Contest
  • Assists yearly with Skills USA Contest
  • Assists with Discover DMACC Days
  • Develop pre/posttest assessments for various courses
  • Update course competencies to meet the industry needs set by our Advisory Committee

Greg Seaman
Greg Seaman
Professor-Automotive Mechanics Technology and General Motors-ASEP
515-964-6276
gaseaman@dmacc.edu

Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in August, 1994
  • 18 years of General Motors dealership experience
  • ASE Master Technician
  • GM Master Technician Certified
  • AAS Degree - Automotive Mechanics Technology; Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA

Staff Development Activities:

  • GM factory update training
  • Ford factory update training
  • Instructor update workshops
  • Participant in NAFTC training at West Virginia University

Contributions to DMACC's Instructional Building:

  • Assists yearly with DMACC High School Skills Contest
  • Update course competencies and curriculum to meet NATEF and industry standards
  • Mentor to new faculty
  • Served on hiring committees.

Randy Voshell
Randy Voshell
Automotive Parts Clerk
515-964-6427
rlvoshell@dmacc.edu

Experience:

  • Graduated DMACC Auto Collision Program 1980
  • Began at DMACC Automotive Parts Clerk 7/1995
  • Received DMACC Support Staff Service Award 8/1998

Keith Wersinger
Keith Wersinger

Professor, Automotive Tech
515-964-6552
kjwersinger@dmacc.edu

Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in August, 2004
  • Independent automotive repair facility experience​
  • GM dealership experience
  • Shop ownership/management experience
  • ASE certified Master Technician
  • ASE certified Auto Maintenance & Light Repair G1
  • ASE certified Refrigerant, Recovery & Recycling
  • GM training Certifications
  • Chrysler training Certifications
  • Ford training Certifications
  • Diploma DMACC Auto Collision Program
  • AAS Degree DMACC Automotive Technology Program

Staff Development Activities:

  • GM update training
  • Chrysler update training
  • Ford update training

Contributions to DMACC's Instructional Building:

  • Assist with annual DMACC High School Automotive Skills Contest
  • Assist with Skills USA contest
  • Assist with Discover DMACC Days
  • Help develop assessments for various courses
  • Help update course competencies to meet current industry standards