Name: Jack Erjavec
Where you live: Dublin, Ohio
Current Position: Author for Delmar Cengage Learning
Years with NACAT: 30 years
Years in Education/Training: 33 Years
Years in the Industry: 41 Years
Certifications: ASE CMAT
Areas of specialization: Automotive Service and Management
Affiliations and Positions:
I have many years of experience as an educator, author, consultant, manager, and technician and have been involved in all areas of the automotive field. Although currently I am seldom in front of a classroom, I am still an educator. As an author, my classroom is huge and filled with faces I may never see. However, I still try to teach them what I feel they need to know to have a successful career in the automotive field.
As an educator, I served as Automotive Technology Chairperson for 12 years at Columbus State Community College and during my other eight years there I taught Automotive Technology, Technical Communications, and Anthropology courses. During my tenure at the college, I developed and implemented competency based curriculum and short and long term strategic plans for the college.I also served as Chair of the Marketing Task Force when the college transitioned from a Technical College to a two-year Community College. I have always supported NATEF, in fact our college was the first school to be certified all areas by NATEF. For many years, I have held seminars at NACAT’s conferences. The topics have included subjects dealing with marketing, education, management, and (naturally) technical areas.
As an author, I had my first work published in 1983 and since then I have authored nearly forty textbook titles and editions. My text, Automotive Technology: A System’s Approach, is the best selling automotive textbook. I have also written several articles for trade publications.
As an editor, I designed and serve as the series editor for the highly successful series of textbooks: the Today’s Technician Series from Delmar Publishers, 1992 to present. I also designed Delmar’s ASE test prep series and the NATEF standards series, and have written most of the titles within those series. I also have directed the design, writing, and production of custom training materials for many customers, including: American Honda, Snap-On Tools, Kia Motors, CarQuest, NAPA, Toyota, Mitchell Collision, MAC Tools, and many other well-known companies.
As an involved member of the industry, I have served as a consultant to some of the major automobile manufacturers in training program establishment, design and implementation of cooperative training ventures, publications, inspection, arbitration, customer satisfaction, and quality improvement.
I have a Master of Arts in Vocational and Technical Education from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (1981) and a Bachelor of Arts, also from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (1974).
I have been honored with many awards throughout my career, including NACAT’s MVP award (2006). I was also the recipient of Thomson Learning’s Innovator of the Year Award in 2000 and the Man with a Wrench award from Chilton Books in 1992. Perhaps the biggest honor I have received is seeing the success of my former students.
What has NACAT done for me and what it means to me:
When I started my venture into automotive education, I knew little about it. I had relatively little experience teaching and confidence in my technical abilities, but no good idea of how to share what I knew with students. NACAT provided me with the network that provided ideas and techniques that allowed me to be a better teacher. NACAT has also given me the opportunity to stay up-to-date, as I attend the seminars and the trade shows at the annual conferences. From a personal standpoint, NACAT has also allowed me to make life-long friends with like-minded educators.
As evidence of how important NACAT has been to me, I have attended all of the annual conferences since I have been a member except one. I wanted to attend that one but found myself in a wheel chair after I fell off a roof while doing repairs to a rental property.