INSTRUCTOR PROFILES


Jeff Leary - Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Academy - Program Coordinator / Lead Instructor

Jeff Leary

Born and raised in the Sunshine State, Jeff Leary has taken advantage of all of the opportunities growing up in Florida has offered him.  While attending Land O' Lakes High School, Jeff became eligible to work while attending classes through an on the job program promoting workforce training.  Being that cars had always been his passion as a child, he sought employment in a collision repair shop in Tampa.

After graduating High School, Jeff solidified a job as a painter by the age of 18.  Since then he has never looked back.  From restoration work, to major body collsion repairs, Jeff gained a tremendous amount of experience in the collsion repair and refinishing industry.  A painter and body man since 1994, Jeff brings over 19 years of experience to the job he states he has always wanted; teaching the trade he loves at Hillsborough Community College.

 


Mario Mirabal - Automotive Service Technology Academy - Program Coordinator / Lead Instructor

 Mario Mirabal

Of Puertorican descent, Mario Mirabal began his career in mechanics with the US Navy as a nuclear machinest.  In 2001, Mario began working in the automotive industry and has accumulated over 13 years of experience in the industry.  He is a master technician, certified in all areas of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and is also part owner of a local shop in the Tampa Bay area.  Certifications include but are not limited to; Snap-On diagnostic certified trainer and Toyota certified master diagnostic technician. 

 


Christian Ross - Deisel Engine Specialist Program Coordinator / Lead Instructor

 Christian Ross

Kentucky native, Christian Ross has a diverse career spanning from nine years with the U.S. Army to teaching automotive courses at California’s Barstow Community College. He is ASE certified in Engine repair, suspension and automatic transmissions.  Ross has over 20 years experience in the automotive industry.

 


 Steve Conti - Automotive Service Technology Academy - Recruiter / Instructor

Steve Conte

Steve began his career in mechanics as a young kid working in private shops on stock cars and motorcycles and in dealerships working on whatever they would let him put his hands on. When he grew into his profession, he became an ASE Certified  Master Mechanic and taught high school automotives in the Tampa Bay Area for ten years before joining HCC as an instructor and recruiter for the Automotive Academy. His favorite part of working for HCC's Auto Academy is helping students to develop skills for their future in automotives. When he's not working, Steve enjoys restoring old cars and motorcycles in his spare time.


Carlos Segui - Automotive Service Technology Academy - Instructor

 Carlos Segui

Automotive instructor, Carlos Segui began his career as a dealership service technician and soon became certified as an Automotive Service Excellence Master Technician, Advance Engine Performance Specialist and a Toyota Master Diagnostic Technician. He has a passion for teaching and looks forward to helping his students develop skills to continue growing in the automotive industry.  Hobbies include motorsports, car modifications and customization.