About Us

STI Team 

Mark is an ASE Master Technician who has been working in the automotive industry since 1982 and has had a smog license since 1984. Diagnostics and troubleshooting are his areas of specialty with twenty years of experience working on technical support hotlines for national companies including Automotive Data Systems, Snap-On, Kia Motors America, and Fisker. Mark is excited to bring his fifteen years of experience of teaching BAR-certified courses to the Smog Tech Institute. Mark enjoys instructing, and his effectiveness can be seen in his students’ high success rates on tests. Mark's teaching style makes learning easy. 





Greg is an ASE Master Technician who has been working in the automotive field since 1980. Greg has been involved with the Smog Check program since 1984. Greg brings to Smog Tech Institute years of experience and education. He has an Automotive AA Degree from Fullerton College, A Bachelor Of Arts Degree from Aberdeen University in automotive technology, and holds a California teaching credential. Greg is BAR certified Instructor for California, A prior repair shop ownership, Teaches automotive classes for Fullerton College. He previously taught for  (We Teach U). He is a member of the California Automotive Teachers and a member of the Fullerton Automotive Advisory Committee. Greg is also a referee for the California state smog program.





After immigrating from Panama, Luz found her passion in Auto Technology. She earned her Smog Technician license while pursuing GM Factory Certification as a Saturn/GM Technician. She has a degree in Education from the University of Phoenix and Certificates in Automotive Mechanics and Electronic Engine Controls from Miracosta College. In 2016, she was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Luz brings 15+yrs of experience teaching Auto Technology and the Smog Program at several community colleges throughout Southern California. She became the first female automotive instructor for Universal Technical Institute where she earned several awards for her efforts in empowering women in the industry, and for her contributions to the Smog Program curriculum. Luz is ASE Certified and has logged over 600hrs of specialized training as a technician and instructor. In 2007, she published her first material in Auto Technology. She was an editor and writer for Mitchell Repair and Corvette Online, but her true passion is in the classroom. Luz is STI’s curriculum designer and teaches the Smog program at our San Diego and San Marcos campuses.




Throughout almost 30 years of automotive teaching (25 years of which as a California BAR Certified Smog Instructor), Robert has consistently strived to fulfill his main commitment to his students....which is to give them their money's worth. He understands completely that education is designed to be a quality-based service, in the same manner, that most automotive technicians view their profession. Robert is especially adept at presenting technical information in ways that simplify understanding and comprehension for all involved. He has been with STI for many years, previously had been employed for 10 years by both Snap-On Technical Training Systems and We Teach U, and had been the Lead Smog Instructor at UTI for 8 years. Robert's first automotive position in the industry dates to 1979 in a specialty turbocharger shop, and later became a specialist with Euro-spec gray market import vehicles. Of course, he also has extensive experience in a Smog Check Test and Repair environment as an inspector, diagnostic, and driveability technician. He currently holds 12 ASE certifications, including A1-A8 Master, A9, G1, X1, & L1




 Who are We

Smog Tech Institute Is a leading performer in the automotive training industry that has been providing smog technician training for over 15 years. STI provides emission training and a variety of other technical training curricula to help you advance your career. Emission training is our specialty, but our programs will also benefit any technician that wants to have a better understanding of engine performance systems. All our instructors are well qualified with some having over 30 plus years of experience diagnosing and repairing vehicles and teaching for a living. To validate our claims please look at our Yelp and Google reviews.

 Our Mission

Be the best learning institution in the industry and produce quality smog technicians. To accomplish this, we have the best instructors, curriculum, equipment, and environment in the industry. Our facilities are comfortable, clean, and our instructors are attentive to each student who comes to our school. Smog Tech Institute has designed and created its own curriculum that is exactly what is needed to pass the state exams and prepare you for the ASE A6, A8, and L1 exams. We make sure that what you learn is relevant, real-world, and up to date. Smog Tech Institute assures you will complete your training in just 12 weeks for both the inspector and test & repair programs. We have chosen a format that colleges use two days a week 4 hours per day from 630PM to 1030PM for most classes. This format has proven to be the best for learning and retaining information.

 Our Philosophy

Provide the best business practices with kindness to others, Teach with integrity, and always do what is right. and deliver for our students 

 Why Choose STI:

  • 14 years established as a school
  • The best instructors with 30 years of industry experience
  • 4 subjects for Update training to choose from 
  • Accelerated classes 
  • Hands-on, interactive learning 
  • Easy use sign up process 
  • Excellent prices 
  • Exclusive STI created books
  • Diagnostic training
  • Stays relevant with today's technology  

  • Services Offered:
  • Inspector Level 1 and Inspector Level 2 classes 
  • Bar Specified Diagnostic & Repair Training (Known as Alternative A6, A8, and L1)
  • Bar 16 Update Training (4 subjects to choose from)
  • Citation Training all levels
  • Diagnostic Training 
  • Brake and Lamp Exam Preparation 
  • Online ASE Exam Preparation test 
  • Hands-on Workshops 

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