Program Chair & Instructors

Meet Your Professor(s)

Jerry Burns

Jerry Burns

Program Chairperson-General Motors-ASEP; Associate Professor-Automotive Technology; Professor-Automotive Technology
Ankeny Campus
13-9A
515-964-6504

Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in August, 2004
  • 10+ years of General Motors, Volvo, Isuzu dealership experience
  • ASE Master Technician
  • ASE Master Truck Technician
  • ASE Automobile Advanced Engine Performance Specialist (L1)
  • ASE Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis Specialist (L2)
  • ASE Light Vehicle Diesel Engines (A9)
  • ASE Auto Maintenance and Light Repair (G1)
  • General Motors World Class Certified
  • A.A.S. Degree -Automotive Technology; Des Moines Area Community College-Ankeny, IA

Staff Development Activities:

  • General Motors factory update training
  • Ford factory training
  • Instructor update workshops
  • Attend various learning sessions thru the DMACC Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Professional Development Courses Taken thru Drake University:
    • History of Community Colleges
    • Diverse Learners
    • Teaching Methods
    • Anti-Bullying: Where to Start
    • Teacher Leadership Strategies
    • Human Relations

Contributions to DMACC's Instructional Building:

  • Assists yearly with DMACC High School Automotive Skills Contest
  • Develop pre/post test assessments for various courses
  • Update course competencies to meet the industry needs set by our Advisory Committee
  • Developing web-blended learning for use in our classes
  • Mentor to adjunct faculty
  • Participant and Committee Member of National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium
Mark Armbrecht

Mark Armbrecht

Professor-CAP, and General Motors-ASEP
Ankeny Campus
13-12A
515-965-7166

​Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in 1994
  • 5 years of General Motors and Chrysler dealership experience
  • ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician
  • ASE Certified Advanced Level Specialist in Advanced Engine Performance, Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis, and Light Duty Hybrid/Electric Vehicle
  • Also ASE Certified in Alternative Fuels-CNG Vehicles, Auto Maintenance & Light Repair, Body Mechanical & Electrical Components, and Medium/Heavy Truck-Gas Engines, Diesel Engines, & Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • GM-Engine Performance and Electrical/Electronics Master Technician
  • Chrysler Certified Instructor
  • A.A.S. Degree -Automotive Electronics Technology; Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA

Staff Development Activities:

  • Annually complete many hours of online and classroom General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford Training classes
  • Annually attend Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo in Kansas City, KS
  • Research new automotive technology in trade magazines as well as on-line

Contributions to DMACC's Instructional Building:

  • Annually assist with the DMACC High School Automotive Skills Contests, Skills USA, Discover DMACC Days, & other informational and recruiting activities
Shane Boots

Shane Boots

Professor-Automotive Technology
Ankeny Campus
13-01C
515-964-6428

​Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in October 2016
  • 10+ years of General Motors dealership experience
  • ASE Master Technician
  • ASE Automobile Advanced Engine Performance Specialist (L1)
  • ASE Light Vehicle Diesel Engines (A9)
  • General Motors World Class Certified
  • A.A.S. Degree -Automotive Technology; Des Moines Area Community College-Ankeny, IA

Staff Development Activities:

  • General Motors factory update training
  • Instructor update workshops
  • Attend various learning sessions thru the DMACC Teaching and Learning Committee
Jeff Calkin

Jeff Calkin

Professor - Auto Mechanics Technology and General Motors-ASEP
Ankeny Campus
13-10D
515-964-6594

Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in August, 1988
  • 11 years of General Motors dealership experience
  • ASE Master Technician
  • G1 ASE Certified
  • L1 ASE certified
  • MACS Refrigerant, Recovery & Recycling
  • GM Certified
  • Management training
  • Diploma - Auto/Diesel; Lincoln Technical Institute
  • Numerous college courses at DMACC, ISU, UNI

Staff Development Activities:

  • Extensive GM courses
  • Computer update training
  • Ford training

Contributions to DMACC's Instructional Building:

  • Assists yearly with DMACC High School Automotive Skills Contest
  • Member of DMACC Calendar Committee
  • Curriculum review and updates
  • Skills USA Advisor
  • Mentor to adjunct faculty
  • Served on several hiring committees
  • Presenter for Discover DMACC Automotive days
BJ Olesen

BJ Olesen

Professor-Auto Mechanics Technology and General Motors-ASEP
Ankeny Campus
13-10C
515-964-6472

Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in August 2016
  • 24 years of dealership experience
  • ASE Master Technician
  • GM World Class Technician Certified
  • AAS Degree, Automotive Mechanic Technology
  • MACS Refrigerant, Recovery & Recycling
  • Graduate of the DMACC GM ASEP program in Ankeny

Staff Development Activities:

  • Extensive GM Factory Update Training
  • Instructor Update Workshops

Contributions to DMACC's Instructional Building:

  • Assists yearly in High School Skills Contest
Greg Seaman

Greg Seaman

Professor-Automotive Mechanics Technology and General Motors-ASEP
Ankeny Campus
13-15C
515-964-6276

Experience:

  • Began teaching at DMACC in August, 1994
  • 18 years of General Motors dealership experience
  • ASE Master Technician
  • GM Master Technician Certified
  • A.A.S. Degree -Automotive Mechanics Technology; Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA

Staff Development Activities:

  • GM factory update training
  • Ford factory update training
  • Instructor update workshops
  • Participant in NAFTC training at West Virginia University

Contributions to DMACC's Instructional Building:

  • Assists yearly with DMACC High School Skills Contest
  • Update course competencies and curriculum to meet NATEF and industry standards
  • Mentor to new faculty
  • Served on hiring committees.