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Monday, 14 September 2020 19:07

Alfred State Instructor Shifts from Improving Vehicles to Enhancing Students’ Futures

Alfred State instructor CJ Tremper brings years of real-world knowledge and experience to the classroom and labs. Alfred State instructor CJ Tremper brings years of real-world knowledge and experience to the classroom and labs. Alfred State photo

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Within a couple of years, Tremper became the lead technician and was officially named the body/paint shop manager.

 

“As the shop manager, I worked to train any new auto body techs so that they were familiar with our methods of repairs and made sure they knew the quality that was expected of them,” Tremper said. “I was the only painter for several years but as our staff grew, one of the other techs also began to paint some of the projects that he worked on.”

 

Throughout his time at the restoration shop, many projects Tremper worked on were featured in national magazines such as Mopar Muscle, Mopar Collectors Guide and Muscle Car Review. After years of honing his skills in the field, however, Tremper decided it was time for a career change.

 

“When the opportunity came along to work at Alfred State, it seemed like the perfect fit,” he said. “I could take the experience that I had in the industry, that started with my degree from Alfred State, and pass it along to the next generation of students that are working toward being technicians themselves.”

 

Tremper began working at Alfred State in February 2017, teaching a partial semester of engine repair. At the end of the semester, he applied for a full-time auto body instructor position that became available and was hired for the job.


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