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Bob Lacivita

location-pin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

School: Temple University

Expertise: automotive, product testing, cleaning and organization, renovating and remodeling

Bob Lacivita

  • Lifelong auto researcher and educator who took his first engine apart at the age of 12 and has taught countless students and Family Handyman readers how to maintain and repair their vehicles.
  • Maintains his ASE Master Technician, MACS Section 609 Refrigerant Recycling, PA safety and emissions inspector certifications, credentials, and licenses; and participated in more than 100 hours of updated technical training through MotorAge, Snap-On, Automotive Technician Training Services and others.
  • Worked for one of the largest Oldsmobile retailers in the country, earning Pontiac and Oldsmobile Master Technician Elite status as one of the top 20 GM technicians in the country.
  • On top of serving as a Family Handyman auto repair pro for decades, working on print and digital content has been published in The Family Handyman Simple Car Care and Repair a bestselling Reader's Digest nonfiction book and Classic Bike Rider magazine.
  • Awarded Pennsylvania Outstanding Vocational Educator of the Year.

Experience

Bob Lacivita is an award-winning ASE and General Motors auto technician, vocational educator, Career and Technical Center administrator and freelance writer who has written about DIY car repairs, vehicle maintenance and other self-help topics for more than 20 years.
At the age of 12, Bob took his first engine apart, a 2-cycle Briggs and Stratton from a lawn mower he found in the trash. At 14, he rebuilt a seized 256cu.in. Chevrolet engine in a 1956 Belair that he drove for three years. He spent most weekends, as well as the money he earned working a gas station, at Atco Dragway in Atco New Jersey.
Although trained as an architectural drafter, he never worked a day in that field. Still, the skills he learned helped as he renovated and rehabbed his homes. His true love was cars and so he made that his life’s profession. Bob worked for one of the largest Oldsmobile retailers in the country and earned Pontiac and Oldsmobile Master Technician Elite status as one of the top 20 GM technicians in the country.
Bob was also a Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) certified career and technical educator for 25 years, teaching automotive technology for 11 of them. He's been a Certified Vehicle Safety Insructor and an Emissions Inspector, too. Bob earned his master’s degree in educational leadership, as well as his PDE K-12 Principal Certification and his Career and Technical Education Directors and Curriculum Supervisors certificates, to become a school administrator. When it comes to education, Bob has two sayings: The kids are the best part of teaching, and teaching was the hardest job he ever had. It was the best job he ever had, too.
Since retiring, Bob has continued to maintain his ASE Master Technician; MACS Section 609 Refrigerant Recycling Certification; PA safety and emissions inspector certifications, credentials, and licenses; and participated in more than 100 hours of update technical training through MotorAge, Snap-On, Dorman Products and Automotive Technician Training Services, Mitchel1 and others.
Bob currently writes regularly for Family Handyman and works as a consultant with one of the largest automotive retailers on the East Coast, setting up an automotive technology training and apprenticeship program in partnership with a local catholic high school.
Bob and his wife lived through 40 years' worth of DIY home remodeling while parenting two (now grown) boys, and now relax by watching their three fabulous granddaughters.

Education

Temple University, BA Industrial Education (Magna cum Laude) Holy Family University, Masters in Educational Leadership

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