Richard (Rick) Range

Assistant Professor, Automotive Technology

Biography

Rick Range grew up in the Southern California area surrounded by the local car culture. He spent time at TRD and HKS as a teen and learned about modern high performance at RC Engineering.

Mr. Range has worked in the automotive industry since 1986. He began by selling parts for a nationwide parts chain and slowly progressed into service. Independent shops and gas stations gave him additional entry-level service experience. In 1996, He began working for Pep Boys as a technician, where he received additional training and advancement opportunities. In 2010, Pep Boys promoted him to the position of Technical Trainer, giving him the opportunity to share the knowledge and experience he had gained. Mr. Range felt privileged to work with and train great technicians across the United States, both entry-level and seasoned. Part of his job involved operating a technical hotline which exposed him to the challenge of diagnosing vehicles and providing assistance from a distance. In 2019, Bakersfield College presented the opportunity to help students enter the industry and guide them toward their career goals as faculty.

Mr. Range has an Associate of Science Degree in Automotive Technology, California State Smog Inspector and Repair licenses, and am ASE Master Certified in 6 areas, including advanced levels L1, L2, L3, and several others. He is currently working on a Bachelor of Science Degree at Weber State.

I enjoy spending time with my family and working on my project vehicles outside of campus. There’s nothing like riding my motorcycle to Yosemite or Sequoia to clear my mind. In addition to our blended family of four adult children, my wife and I welcomed a little one, and she is keeping us young and on our toes. Welcome to Bakersfield College Automotive Technology; I look forward to meeting you soon.
Rick Range
Assistant Professor