Motor Age Training names L1 Technician of the Year

Jan. 1, 2020
David "Charlie" Fuller of Portage, Mich., has been named the Motor Age Training/ASE Master L1 Technician of the Year. Fuller is the automotive technology lab manager at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo, Mich. He has been a technician f
David “Charlie” Fuller of Portage, Mich., has been named the Motor Age Training/ASE Master L1 Technician of the Year. Fuller is the automotive technology lab manager at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo, Mich. He has been a technician for 32 years, spending the last 12 in his role at the college. The Master Technician enjoys working in the bays, but also teaching others the knowledge he has.

“I like the feeling of being able to help others with my skills and knowledge. More recently, I like being able to help the next generation of technicians learn a skill so they can provide for their family and be proud of what they do,” Fuller says. “ASE gives us a benchmark and standard to strive for. ASE gives technicians recognition for their knowledge and hard work. ASE gives the technician a leg-up when searching for employment.”

That desire and passion helped Fuller earn this honor.

Fuller attended Portage Central High School, Denver Automotive and Diesel College and Colorado Aero Tech. He also has BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Ford factory training, and from Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

“As a kid and still today, I have always liked working with my hands and fixing things that are broken, from bicycles to airplanes,” he says.

 

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“Being an auto tech makes you proficient at many trades. When a pipefitter, electrician, HVAC tech or mechanical engineer has car trouble, they call an auto tech,” Fuller states. “When an auto tech has electrical, plumbing, HVAC or fabrication issues, we just fix them.”

Fuller and his wife of 28 years Renee, have four children, Amanda, James, Corey and Gery. They recently lost Corey in an automobile accident, which Fuller says brought the close family even closer.

Fuller has coached little league and other sports for his children as they grew. He’s very active in the high school wrestling boosters, still helping today. He enjoys construction and home repair, alternative fuels and energy, and “moving dirt with my tractor for no reason other than because I can.”

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