My name is Dan Avery and I am the Administrator/Head Instructor here at MIIT. I have always been interested in things mechanical or electrical. . After taking vocational courses in high school I attended an automotive training school in Indianapolis Indiana. After graduation I was hired as a technician at a local Lincoln-Mercury and jeep dealer. After working there and at a Pontiac GMC dealer, I was hired at a Ford dealer where after 4 years I was promoted to service manager. I have worked at several dealerships as service manager and parts manager before coming to MiIT. I am a state of Michigan master automotive and heavy truck certified technician. I am also an ASE master automotive technician. I hold various training certifications through Ford, VW, Mazda, Subaru, Lincoln, Mercury, and GM. My hobbies are hunting, fishing, carpentry, and restoring cars and trucks.
I was born in the small town of Tawas City, Michigan May 19, 1971. I grew up on our family farm, raising beef cattle and working in the family business, Lossing Construction, remodeling and building new homes. When I was 17 I purchased my first car, a Chevy Nova SS, it needed a lot of work, but the body was in great shape. I overhauled the drive train while taking auto shop I and II in my junior and senior years of high school. When I graduated high school in 1989, I joined the U.S. Army for a four-year term working as a mechanic. During my military experience I was deployed to South Carolina and Miami Florida for hurricane disaster relief. I also served seven months in Iraq and Kuwait during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After my four-year term was up with the U.S. Army, I worked for Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Chevrolet and Chrysler dealerships as an automotive technician. I relocated to the Lapeer area and spent the next thirteen years working in various dealerships advancing my employment and education to a top paid Master Technician. During this time I pursued a personal goal of becoming a fire fighter and I joined the Lapeer City Fire Department in the summer of 2001. In September of 2006 I was offered a position on the teaching staff with the Michigan Institute of Technology. Understanding the importance of a proper education in this field of work and the desire to help people, I accepted the role of auto instructor at MIIT.
I currently hold the following certifications:
- ASE MASTER AUTO TECHNICIAN
- ASE UNDER CAR SPECIALIST
- MICHIGAN STATE MASTER TECHNICIAN
- FORD AUTOMOTIVE MASTER TECHNICIAN
- GM CERTIFIED AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN
I continue to advance my education every year, learning new repair procedures and leading edge technology on today's newer automobiles and sub-assemblies. For the past several years it has been my professional experience, and personal belief, that the importance of good work ethics, responsibility, attitude, and a proper education are what is needed to succeed in this industry. These are just a few of the things we take pride in here at MIIT.
Some of my personal interests include, but are not limited to, mud bogging in my 1996 Bronco, restoring my 1966 Ford F100, woodworking, hunting and fishing.