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Patrick Brown-Harrison Biography

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Patrick Brown-HarrisonName: Patrick Brown-Harrison

Where you live: Airdrie, Alberta. Canada

Current Position: FORD ASSET Apprenticeship Instructor

Employer: SAIT Polytechnic. Calgary Alberta Canada.

Previous Position(s): Automotive and Marine Technician

Year Joined NACAT: 1999
Year began in Education/Training:  1998

Year entered the Industry:  1988
Certifications: Alberta Red Seal Journeyman Technician. ASE Master Automobile Technician, Medium/Heavy Truck Technician
Affiliations and Positions: Current NACAT Vice-President / President-Elect, Past NACAT Board Member, Past NACAT Education Foundation Board Chair, and Past NACAT President
Short bio: Over the last 30 plus years I have been very fortunate to have experienced  a diverse professional career in the automotive repair industry. In Canada automotive technician are required to become licensed. That process allowed me to work in small two – four bay service stations. Along the way I had the opportunity to work in a full restoration facility; this introduced me to auto body repair and the complete restoration process. When the industry experienced a downturn and the corner station was disappearing I was fortunate enough to go to work in a number of different dealerships over the years. My dealership experience afforded me the opportunity to work as a repair technician, a shop foreman, service advisor and an assistant service manager. 
It was these experiences that assisted me when I left the world of automotive service and repair and entered into the retail tool business. I began to train sales forces on how to sell equipment and hand tools. I was also able to work closely with the customers and provide much need industry relevant training. In my role in Snap-On I was able to be a member of a number of different programs that work on equipment development and design, program development and design and support to varying levels of the automotive repair industry.  I was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to work with General Motors for a few years in the ACDelco division.  I was providing technical training, equipment support and marketing, supported General Motors fleet and dealer group through technical training and equipment support.

I am now working at SAIT Polytechnic, Southern Alberta’s Premier Technical facility. I am very fortunate in my 16 years at SAIT I have worked with a number of different students and taught many different classes. I enjoy what automotive education has offered me. I truly enjoy coming to work and offering my trade experience and knowledge to today’s learners. 
What has NACAT done for me and what it means to me:
NACAT introduced me to an organization of people that are more like a family than a group of educational professional. Being a part of NACAT has introduced me to countless different aspects of the automotive industry. I have found numerous resources from the people and companies that I have meet through NACAT that have enriched my knowledge and the learning experience of the students in my classroom. I truly treasure the friendships that I have been blessed with since becoming a member of NACAT.

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