DCTC Automotive Instructor Receives ‘World Class’ Status

There are fewer than 40 instructors that have achieved the status of General Motors (GM) World Class Master Technician in the world. Dakota County Technical College is now home to two of them.

DCTC’s General Motors Automotive Service Education Program (GM ASEP) instructor Mark Hickman was recently notified that he became the 34th instructor in the world to earn World Class Master Technician status – the highest ranking a participant can attain from within the nationally recognized GMSTC (General Motors Service Technical College) technical training program.

Just two years ago, fellow GM ASEP instructor Tim McCluskey earned the same honor, which makes the program one of 10 that have two instructors at this level.

More impressive still is that in the upcoming months, another DCTC instructor will also achieve this status.

“This is a great credential to have. It will only make our program stronger,” said Hickman.

GM requires that all of their automotive programs be NATEF certified and that all instructors are ASE and GM STC certified in the area they teach. To earn the World Class Master Technician status, Hickman had to take and successfully pass every required training component in eight curriculum areas, such as engine repair, brakes and automatic transmissions – requiring Hickman to attend 280 different classes since 2000.

“Mark has worked hard these last few years to obtain World Class status for himself and for DCTC. He has always done an outstanding job with students and goes beyond the teaching job, counseling and mentoring his students as they work to reach their own goals. It doesn’t surprise me that he is one of the few in the nation that have reached this status,” said Mike Opp, dean of transportation.