Mark Keiser

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 trouble shooting are his areas of specialty with twenty years 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 Ramirez

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 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 member of Fullerton Automotive Advisory Committee. Greg is also a referee for the California state smog program. 



Rob Waller

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 with 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


David Haerle

Dave is an ASE technician that started repairing cars in 1952 and has had a smog license since 1974. He has worked in several local dealerships since 1974 specializing in drivability diagnostics, electrical, and smog certification and repair as a Ford Master technician. Dave started his teaching career in 1967 while in the U.S. Air Force, as a Master Instructor. Since 1979 he has taught automotive classes for Sun Electric Corp., ARCO, Snap-On Tools, AC Delco, Auto Tech, We Teach U, and now STI. With many returning students he is now training the children of his former students. Dave has enjoyed teaching for many years and looks forward to continuing many more years to come. 




Tom Buckingham

Tom is currently works for Kia as a Technical Instructional Designer. Tom has been working in the industry for over 25 years. he has owned several automotive businesses and has spent the last 12 years working for kia as a Technical Communication Rep, Instructor, and course designer. Tom has tought here at Smog Tech Institute, Snap on, and We Teach You. Tom has very good understanding of complex automotive systems and is able to articutal proficiently to his students. Students find Toms classes intresting and informative.