Despite all the varied education, my true calling has always been fixing cars, and I have been at it since 1970.Read more...
- Majored in engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, IA
- Majored in jazz guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA
- Studied Automotive Technology at Triton College in River Grove, IL and Kishwaukee College in Malta IL.
- Taught evening automotive courses including Automotive Fuel Injection and Electrical Diagnosis at Kishwaukee College
- Taken hundreds of hours of additional automotive and business training
Despite all the varied education my true calling has always been fixing cars and I have been at it since 1970. In 1984 I held my breath, closed both eyes and made a very scary jump. I opened a one- man automotive repair shop called Motor Works. Since that time Motor Works has doubled its service bays from 4 to 8, added 1500 square feet of office space, a waiting room, a parts room, 16,000 square feet of parking and our service staff has grown to 7 top industry professionals.
My personal areas of specialization include:
- Automotive electrical and computer diagnosis
- Automotive drivability diagnosis
- Carburetion and fuel injection repair
- Classic car restoration
- Information technology (computer setup and repair)
- Fabrication and repair of obsolete parts
Experience and credentials:
- I started “turning wrenches” professionally in 1970 at Southtown Service (a local shop) and would eventually become Head Technician there.
- I have been President of Motor Works since March 1984.
- I personally have won industry honors including becoming Chicago Division Finalist in the NAPA-ASE Technician of the Year Competition. This occurred three times, making me one of the top 72 Technicians in the Country at the time.
- I have been an ASE Automotive Master Technician since 1981.
- I have taught automotive classes, served on the Advisory Board and assisted in other capacities at Kiswaukee College.
- I have written numerous technical articles for Bosch and PTEN Magazine. I also wrote the AE Tools & Computers website blog, with articles as varied as “How to Become An Automotive Locksmith”, “Hiring and Keeping Great Employees”, articles on equipment operation, and many more.
Kitty cats, music, reading, writing, photography and videography, history, computers, archery, target shooting, motorcycles, tinkering with anything mechanical.
A quick personal note is in order before I sign off. Second only to my lovely wife Anita (the light in my life), Motor Works is my passion. After 33 years I still love my job!
Anita, now semi-retired from Motor Works, and currently on medical leave, continues to be “The Oracle”Read more...
Anita, now semi-retired from Motor Works, and currently on medical leave, continues to be “The Oracle”. Her sage advice often prevents little things from becoming big things. That, and her personal support of yours truly, keeps me at my desk, bright eyed and bushy tailed, day after day. I’d be lost without her.
Master’s Degree in Special Education plus 30 hours.
Walking in the forest, gardening, decorating, time with friends, photography, cooking, caring for our family of kitties, and bird watching.
Anita is also active in her support of wildlife charities and organizations: TAILS, Anti Cruelty Society, Humane Society, ASPCA, Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, National Wildlife Federation, DeKalb County Animal Shelter, Sierra Club, Oaken Acres, Northern Illinois Food Bank, and the Jane Goodall Society.
Meghan Huber and Dan Kedzie
Service Writing Team
Meghan Huber and Dan Kedzie, Our Service TeamRead more...
One half of our service team, Meghan Huber, is my daughter. She has worked at the shop in various capacities since 1997 and knows the place top to bottom and inside out. Meghan brings a warm, bubbly, and gung-ho approach to every aspect of customer care.
Meghan’s outside interests range from baseball to anything else outdoors, and her “critters” complete her family. Take a look at our January 26th, 2018 post on Motor Works’ Facebook page.
I’ll bet “aww…that’s so cute” is your first reaction.
Meghan is a proud member of local DeKalb Rotary Club. Rotary is an organization dedicated to community service. They support a strong moral code and measure their works by four basics precepts: 1) Is it the truth? 2) Is it fair to all concerned? 3) Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4) Will it be beneficial to all?
Dan Kedzie is the other vital half of our service team. Dan has 7 years of experience as a Motor Works technician. This adds great technical depth to our service staff. Dan has a bright, engaging personality, and a keen ability to explain complicated mechanical processes in “real world” language.
When not at the shop, Dan loves to write music and play his guitar at local music venues. Dan is also a “gearhead”. If it runs, Dan will make it run faster. If it’s broken, Dan will fix it. And the older it is, the more passion he has for it.
But nothing compares to Dan’s appreciation for family, whether it’s his parents, siblings, girlfriend or Motor Works. Indeed, Motor Works has had the great fortune of having Dan’s father, mother, and brother support our staff over the years.
Motor Works is proud to have such a passionate and dedicated service staff.
Master Automotive Technician
Mark is our master diagnostician taking on the hardest of our drivability and electrical work.Read more...
Mark is our master diagnostician, taking on the hardest of our drivability and electrical work. He also performs major engine repairs, differential rebuilding, and is our chief Classic Car Restoration Technician. His welding and fabrication skills are a critical part of breathing new life into old cars. In addition, Mark’s diesel, 4x4, and transmission experience help Motor Works fulfill several of its unique niches./p>
Graduating from Kiswaukee College with an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology, Mark has hundreds of hours of continuing automotive technology training.
Awards and special recognition:
- ASE Master Certified Technician
- NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year Chicago Division Award Winner
- Hunter Wheel Alignment School
- Served on KEC Advisory Board
Head technician at Farm and Fleet in Sycamore, IL
Doting on his wife and two young sons, restoration of antique cars and tractors, radio controlled car racing, and assisting his father with the family farm fill Mark’s free time.
Automotive Service Technician
Joe is Mr. Versatility. His most interesting recent job was the removal and refitting of an engine from a 1960 Pontiac Catalina.Read more...
Joe is Mr. Versatility. His skills include major engine work, cylinder heads, timing belts, engine removal and replacement, drivability and electrical diagnostics, general steering, suspension, and brake work.
Graduating from Kiswaukee College with an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology, Joe has many hours of continuing automotive technology training.
Awards and special recognition:
On the Dean’s List at Kiswaukee College and having won the National Technical Honor Society Award, Joe is also an ASE Master Certified Technician.
Becoming an ASE Master Technician is a big deal! It takes at least two years of work commitment, study and testing. Motor Works is fortunate to have three ASE Master Certified Technicians on staff:
Marty Fay, Mark Huff and Joe Moberg.
Winter’s Automatic Transmissions, NAPA Auto Parts
Modify and ride snowmobiles and motorcycles, work on classic cars, racing, anything outdoors.
To be honest, that’s Joe’s old list. Today, going home means a lovely wife, a beautiful young daughter, and working on a new house.
Automotive Service Technician
Jordan is another of our Kiswaukee College Automotive Program graduates. As a matter of fact, he graduated with a 4.0 grade point average.Read more...
Jordan performs most of the service maintenance on our customer’s cars, keeping them in prime condition.
But Jordan does much more than that. A recent example blew my socks off. Jordan was working on a 2004 Buick Rendezvous which would not start. Diagnosis revealed the computer communication data lines had failed. Armed with a wiring diagram and trained to use it, Jordan traced all the data lines through a closed harness, and eventually found a corroded connection, hidden unseen, deep inside the harness. Once repaired the Buick fired to life. Way to go Jordan!
Motor Works consistently apprentices Kishwaukee College’s top automotive students, and then hires them full time when they have completed their education. This long-term approach guarantees Motor Works has top flight, educated technicians, who are thoroughly trained and coached to our exacting standards.
Continuing education from the best trainers in the country, keeps all of Motor Works’ technicians up to date on the latest automotive technology.
Jordan is happiest when tinkering with anything automotive. He especially loves to renovate older cars and make old iron sing a new song once again.