Automotive Technology Faculty and Staff

Jim BaumJim Baum
Office: 1526
Phone: 510.723.6857

Philosophy: I believe that every student should have the right to learn in a fun and safe environment. My job is to make sure that you will learn automotive technology theory, hands on experience, ethical business practices, and a confident approach to automotive repair. Part of what I am trying to do is make you excited about returning to class each day. I introduce you to real world experiences and a realistic view of what it will be like working in the automotive repair industry. We try to emulate the automotive industry as closely as possible. By the time you are done with the program you should be familiar with the daily tasks found in this industry. You will be prepared to enter the industry as an entry level technician, service advisor, or parts technician.

Work Experience: I have been working in the automotive industry all of my adult life. I have worked at General Motors dealers from 1981-1997. I worked for Alameda County Public Works for three years, and Wyo-Tech for two years. I am a Chevrolet Master Technician, Cadillac Gold Technician, Hendrick Master Technician, ASE Master Technician, MACS Certified Instructor, and a California State Certified Journey Level Automotive Technician.


David Espinoza
Office: 1524
Phone: 510.723.6653

I started working on cars at an early age of 12 with my father. I joined the US Army in 1979 and completed 1 year of automotive and diesel training. I did eventually end up specializing in gasoline engines and power trains while in the military for 4 years. I attended Sequoia institute in 1986 and took classes’ full time. I completed the program in 1986 and worked at my first job for two years as a lube/smog tech at Oil Changers and eventually managed my own location.
I worked for Grand Auto for two years as a smog technician and then eventually managed my own location. From there I went to Montgomery Ward’s and stayed for 10 years. I was a lead smog technician then worked a s a regional trainer for 8 locations. I specialized in smog failures and drivability diagnosis. 
I was an independent contractor for two years and performed drivability diagnosis for several shops including:

  • Guaranteed Muffler and brakes and automotive
  • Marks Transmissions and Auto Repair
  • Amaral’s Mufflers and Auto repair
  • Bay Cities auto Auction
  • Cat’s radiators and Automotive repair
  • Bob’s Repair Service

I eventually started teaching full time for Eden Area ROP in Hayward, Ca since June of 2004. I started teaching part time for Chabot College in Hayward, ca in 2002008.
I have the following ASE Certifications:

  • A1 Engine Repair 
  • A2 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle 
  • A4 Suspension and Steering 
  • A5 Brakes 
  • A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems 
  • A8 Engine Performance 
  • L1 Automobile Advanced Engine Performance Specialist

I am currently a State of California Smog certified technician.

I belong to ASCCA & CAT. I actively participate in the SkillsUSA organization both with Eden ROP and Chabot College. I have been a martial arts instructor since 1994 and a student of the class since 1974.


Steve Kay
Office: 1524
Phone: 510.723.6653


Donald MooreDonald Moore
Office: 1524
Phone: 510.723.6653

Hi, my name is Don Moore and in 2016 I am celebrating 40 years in the Automotive Industry. I possess a Bachelor of Science in Higher Education Management and hold certifications as an ASE Master Technician, Maintenance and Light Repair Technician as well as an Automobile Service Consultant. I have worked in the East Bay for the majority of my career as an Automatic Transmission Rebuilder but have done all aspects of bumper to bumper auto repair, including body and paint that now days I leave for other to excel in. As an instructor/trainer I have been involved in education since 2002 where I began at Sequoia Institute more recently known as WyoTech Fremont. In 2010, I became a Performance Consultant/Field Trainer for a major automotive retailer, conducting training classes in Northern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Utah. I’m now here starting the Fall 2016 semester at Chabot and my passion is to help you succeed in the automotive industry. Always strive to do your best!


Kurt ShadboltKurt Shadbolt
Office: 1550
Phone: 510.723.7067

Professional Experience:

I have been in the automotive industry since 1985 as a technician and educator.

As a technician, I have worked in both dealerships and independents, primarily on European cars. I also have experience in: Shop management, parts, cashier, dispatching and service advisor.

As an educator, prior to coming to Chabot College, I had the pleasure to work with students at Mission Valley ROP, WyoTech / Sequoia Institute, BMW of North America, and MINI USA. I have been a Director of Education, overseeing and developing educational programs for WyoTech. I have also provided instruction for other educators in classroom management and curriculum development.

As an instructor for BMWNA, I have provided instruction for dealership technicians, graduate level students on BMW and MINI, and BMW Level III training programs. Our training covered the technical and soft-skills necessary to be successful in today’s automotive industry. I have also provided training for other instructors on BMW technology.


  • Bachelor of Science in Higher Education Management, Florida Metropolitan University
  • Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology, Sequoia Institute
  • Diploma, Automotive Technology, WyoTech
  • BMW Manufacture Training
  • Volvo Manufacture Training

License and Certifications:

  • ASE Master Automotive Technician with L1
  • Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Certified Instructor
  • California Advanced Smog Technician
  • BMW Certified Facilitator
  • California Bureau of Automotive Repair Certified Training Instructor


Mike SherburneMike Sherburne
Office: 1548
Phone: 510.723.7584

My name is Mike Sherburne and I work in the Automotive Technology department.   

I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My family moved around a lot until my freshman year of high school when we landed in Campbell, California where I presently reside.   

I have been working professionally in the automotive industry since 1975.  It started when I was a young boy, hanging out at the local gas station working in the repair shop.  At the age of 16, I started working in an independent automotive repair facility and then started teaching in 1984 at a private vocational school in Fremont, California.  In 1999, I started teaching for BMW of North America in their automotive repair and technology departments.  I have had the privilege of teaching students that are just starting in the industry and technicians that are currently working in the field.  In 2009, I began working at Chabot College implementing the only Associate of Science degree program in BMW technology west of the Mississippi.  I am very happy to continue to have the privilege of working with students and helping them to achieve their goals.

I have an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology, ASE Master Certified including L1, Enhanced Smog Certified Training Instructor, California State Smog license, BMW Certified, MACS Certified Instructor, and BMW certified facilitator.

When I'm not at school enjoying my students, I'm at home with my family.  I have a loving wife of 32 years (and counting)!  We have been blessed with two children Bridgette and Daniel.  In 2009, my wife and I changed our names to Lola and Grandpa.  Our daughter Bridgette blessed us with a beautiful granddaughter named Danni Lorraine.

I look forward to working with you here in the Automotive Technology Department at Chabot College.


Ed SniderEd Snider
Office: 1524
Phone: 510.723.6653

I have been working around the automobiles most of my life. My formal education with auto mechanics started back in 1973 when I attended high school auto shop, and has continued ever since. After High School I attended Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix Az. My first automotive repair job was at an Arco station. I started working as automotive technician at a Volvo dealership in 1978.

In 1979 I started working at a large Olds, Honda, Jeep and DeLorean dealership in Glendale Az. I enjoyed working on Honda’s so much I decided to specialize as a Honda Technician and worked as a Honda Master Technician at dealerships for over 25 years. During my career as a Honda Master Technician I participated in the Honda Top Tech contest five years in a row and received national recognition from Honda as one of the top 20 Honda Technicians in 1992.

In 2003 I started teaching new technology and repair procedures to BMWS.T.E.P students and BMW Dealership Technicians.

I started as an Automotive Technology Instructor (adjunct) here at Chabot College in 2011. My first assignment was to help 25 displaced NUMMI workers gain the knowledge and skills needed to enter the auto repair industry.


  • Honda Master Technician certification
  • ASE Master Technician / L1 certification
  • BMW certification
  • MACs certification
  • California EA Smog Technician

The automobiles we have today have developed into very complicated machines that require constant education by those who repair them.


Erich Bass-Werner
Office: 1528
Phone: 510.723.7179


Richard Carrillo
Office: 1524
Phone: 510.723.6653