Automotive Technology Instructors

Terry Dierkson Jr.

Terry Dierkson Jr.

automotive technology

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Terry is a LATI automotive technology graduate and joined the staff as an instructor in August 2013. Before coming to Lake Area Tech, he was an automotive line tech team leader and spent 10 years in the industry in both a dealership and independent automotive service. He served on safety and customer satisfaction committees for the dealership and also lead and organized daily job tasks for teams of automotive technicians. Terry is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. In his free time, he enjoys working out, riding his motorcycle, and experiencing new things such as different cultures and places.

Jessicca Geerdes

Jessicca Geerdes

automotive technology assistant

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Jessicca manages the Parts Department located in the LATI Automotive Building. She came to LATI in 1997 with four years experience from a local Watertown parts house. Jessicca lives in Watertown with her husband and five children. If Jessicca does happen to come across any free time, you may find her out golfing with her family or just staying around the house.

Thor Green

Thor Green

automotive technology

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Thor graduated from Rapid City Central High School in 1993 and from the Automotive Technology program at Lake Area Tech in 1996 with T-Tenr training. He has worked for General Motors and Toyota dealers as a general line tech. Thor is Master certified through ASE and Toyota. He joined the Lake Area Tech staff in 2010.

Brad Herding

Brad Herding

automotive technology

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Brad joined LATI's Automotive Technology Department in 1996 as an instructor for basic electrical, heating and air conditioning. In 2009, he became the Automotive Department Supervisor. Brad graduated from AVTI's Automotive Technology program in Moorhead, MN., in 1983. He is also an ASE certified Master Tech. Prior to his employment with LATI, Brad worked as a technician for a Ford dealership, was owner/operator of Arizona Auto Air & Electric, and was employed by a Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth/Oldsmobile/GMC dealership as a line technician.

Steve Parkhurst

Steve Parkhurst

automotive technology

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Steve is the first-year auto instructor. He has owned an automotive repair shop in Rosholt, SD, since 1976. Steve has worked with the local Ford dealership as their certified Ford technician since 1975 in addition to owning his business. He holds an ASE certification as a Master Technician and as an Advanced Engine Performance Specialist.