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About Us: Smog Tech Institute

Welcome to the Smog Tech Institute, your gateway to a career in automotive emissions testing and environmental stewardship. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive training and education to individuals aspiring to become proficient smog technicians.

Our Mission

At the Smog Tech Institute, our mission is to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the field of emissions testing and contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment. We are committed to fostering a community of competent and environmentally conscious professionals who play a crucial role in reducing air pollution.

Why Choose Us?

Experienced Instructors: Our team of experienced instructors brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom. They are dedicated to helping you succeed and excel in your smog technician career.

State-of-the-Art Facilities: We provide access to state-of-the-art training facilities and equipment, ensuring that you receive hands-on experience with the latest emissions testing technology.

Comprehensive Curriculum: Our curriculum covers all aspects of emissions testing, from the basics to advanced diagnostics. You'll graduate with the skills needed to confidently perform smog inspections.

Flexible Learning Options: We understand that everyone's schedule is unique. That's why we offer flexible learning options, including online courses, evening classes, and weekend workshops, to accommodate your needs.

Job Placement Assistance: Your success is our success. We offer job placement assistance to help you find opportunities in the automotive emissions industry once you complete your training.

Industry Certification: Our programs are designed to prepare you for industry certification exams, such as the ASE A8 and BAR Smog Check Technician exams, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

Our Programs

Smog Technician Certification: Our core program covers the fundamentals of emissions testing, vehicle diagnostics, and repair techniques. Graduates are well-prepared for a career in smog testing and vehicle inspection.

Advanced Emissions Diagnostics: For those looking to expand their knowledge and skills, our advanced program delves deeper into emissions system diagnostics and repair.

Continuing Education: We offer ongoing education and refresher courses to keep our alumni up-to-date with the latest industry trends and regulations.

Join Us in Making a Difference

At the Smog Tech Institute, we believe that the work of smog technicians is essential to combatting air pollution and protecting our environment. By choosing our institute, you're not just investing in your future; you're becoming part of a community dedicated to making the world a cleaner, healthier place.

If you're ready to embark on a rewarding career path and make a positive impact on the environment, we invite you to join us at the Smog Technician Institute. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and start your journey toward becoming a certified smog technician. Together, we can drive change, one emissions test at a time. 

STI Team 

Meet Mark, an ASE Master Technician with a remarkable journey in the automotive industry that spans back to 1982. His unwavering commitment to excellence led him to acquire a smog license in 1984, marking the beginning of a distinguished career.

Diagnostics and troubleshooting are Mark's areas of specialty, honed over two decades of practical experience. He's been the trusted voice on technical support hotlines for renowned national companies, including Automotive Data Systems, Snap-On, Kia Motors America, and Fisker. This extensive background has equipped Mark with the knowledge and insights that set him apart.

Mark is thrilled to contribute his wealth of knowledge to the Smog Tech Institute, drawing from fifteen years of teaching BAR-certified courses. His passion for instruction shines through, reflected in his students' consistently high success rates on tests. Mark's teaching style is designed to make learning easy, ensuring that each student not only grasps the material but also finds joy in the process.

Prepare to be inspired by Mark's expertise and his dedication to fostering the next generation of automotive professionals. Join us on this exciting educational journey, led by a true industry luminary. Mark doesn't just teach; he makes knowledge pop.


Meet Greg, an automotive virtuoso with a career spanning over four decades. His journey in the automotive realm commenced in 1980, and he's been an integral part of the Smog Check program since 1984. Greg's extensive expertise and commitment to education make him an invaluable asset at the Smog Tech Institute.

Greg's impressive credentials speak for themselves:
- He boasts an Automotive AA Degree from Fullerton College.
- Furthering his academic prowess, he holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in automotive technology from Aberdeen University.
- Greg's dedication to teaching is underscored by his possession of a California teaching credential.
- He's not just an instructor but a BAR certified Instructor for California, lending his deep knowledge to shape the next generation of automotive experts.
- In the past, Greg ventured into entrepreneurship as a repair shop owner, where he honed his practical skills.
- Greg has generously shared his wisdom with various institutions, including Fullerton College and "We Teach U."
- He's an active member of esteemed automotive organizations like the California Automotive Teachers and the Fullerton Automotive Advisory Committee.
- Adding another feather to his cap, Greg serves as a referee for the California State smog program, ensuring compliance and environmental responsibility.

With a wealth of experience and a passion for imparting knowledge, Greg is a driving force in the world of automotive technology and education.


Robert's journey in the automotive industry spans nearly three decades, with an impressive track record of dedication and expertise. As a California BAR Certified Smog Instructor for 25 years, Robert has consistently upheld his primary commitment to his students – providing them with exceptional value for their investment in education.

Education, to Robert, is a service rooted in quality, mirroring the professionalism that automotive technicians exhibit in their craft. What sets Robert apart is his remarkable ability to convey complex technical information in a manner that demystifies it for learners of all backgrounds. His tenure with STI speaks volumes about his enduring commitment to shaping the next generation of automotive professionals.

Robert's extensive experience extends beyond the classroom. He spent a decade each with Snap-On Technical Training Systems and We Teach U, honing his skills and knowledge. At UTI, he proudly served as the Lead Smog Instructor for 8 years, leaving a lasting impact on future technicians.

His automotive journey began in 1979 in a specialty turbocharger shop, where he embarked on a path that eventually led him to specialize in Euro-spec gray market import vehicles. Robert's hands-on experience also includes a deep understanding of Smog Check Test and Repair procedures, where he has excelled as an inspector, diagnostic technician, and driveability specialist.

Robert's commitment to excellence is underscored by his impressive list of 12 ASE certifications, which includes A1-A8 Master, A9, G1, X1, and L1. These certifications not only reflect his deep knowledge but also his unwavering dedication to staying at the forefront of the automotive industry.

In a world where expertise and commitment make all the difference, Robert shines as a true automotive educator and technician, consistently delivering quality and value to his students and peers alike.



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