About Our Instructors

“Technology has changed so much and so quickly. You need to have math skills, verbal skills, critical thinking skills,” says automotive instructor Steve Vail. “What’s driving the automotive program is demand for qualified technicians in the field right now. I have people calling me every day, particularly toward the end of the semester when they know we’ll be having graduates.”

Our Instructors

Automotive Instructor Paul Katson

Paul Katson

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A MiraCosta College Auto Technology graduate and honors student, Paul is also the owner of Inspect-A-Car, a used vehicle inspection and appraisal firm in Del Mar.

Automotive instructor Steve Vail

Steve Vail

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A MiraCosta graduate with 25 years experience in the automotive and marine industry, Steve operated his own auto and marine repair business in South Lake Tahoe; has earned a bachelor of arts degree in social science from CSUSM; holds numerous certificates in engine, transmission and brake service; is ASE certified; and brings a wealth of diverse experience to the automotive technology department.

Automotive instructor Arnoldo Williams

Arnoldo Williams

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Arnoldo completed the two Gasoline and two Diesel Certificates and advanced training in many areas of automotive technology, including natural gas bus.  A Master Technician, he holds eight Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certificates, a L1 Advanced Engine Performance Certificate in Gasoline, and seven ASE certificates in medium and heavy duty service.