Ron Luongo is a diehard car lover. He is the auto and ROP instructor at a local high school, and has been for many years. Through our local office of education, he put together a middle-school auto-shop class. I took it, and had a great time! At the end of the last class, I asked him if he was willing to be interviewed, and he generously agreed. Please enjoy another look into careers in the auto industry.
Mr. Luongo was always interested in cars. He wanted to drive a fast, good-looking car from the very beginning (like me, Mom!).
He started his first job in the automotive industry early on. When Mr. Luongo was about 19, he worked part-time at a local gas station in Southern California.
Mr. Luongo has had many jobs in the Service Department of the Automotive field including: Automotive Machinist, Automotive Technician, Service Advisor, Service Drive Manager, Call Center Supervisor, Corporate Service Trainer, Corporate Curriculum Developer, Warranty Clerk, Dispatcher, Technical Consultant, Lube Technician, Tire Salesman/Auto Manager, and Automotive Teacher at high schools, colleges, and technology schools. He has enjoyed many of them.
Mr. Luongo started teaching young people about automobiles at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Southern California, way back in 1980. He enjoyed working with young people, and explaining about cars. Being an Auto-shop teacher requires oodles of patience and the knowledge that one is working with very young, inexperienced students. All of which Mr. Luongo has in spades. What he really likes about being an Auto-shop teacher is working with the students that really want to learn.
There are many careers in the automotive industry for many different types of people. There are various jobs involving teaching, computers , working with all types of people, talking a lot, writing and reading technical information, art and cars. Being very neat and organized is necessary when working with cars. If you are drawn to any of the above, than there is at least one automotive job for you.
Mr. Luongo has owned about twenty cars. His favorite car was a brand-new 1969 Vitamin C Orange Plymouth Roadrunner with the optional four-speed manual and potent 383 cubic V8. The fastest car that he has ever owned was a 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle with a four-speed manual and a built 350 cubic inch engine (which he built up himself!). If Mr. Luongo could, he would buy a 1969 Vitamin C Orange Plymouth Roadrunner, all original with the 383 and four-speed. VROOM! For prospective young (and older…) buyers, Mr. Luongo has some words of wisdom: buy a car you can afford to regularly maintain!
When asked if he liked to work on cars during his off-time, Mr. Luongo said that no, he does not like to, and yes, he HAS already tried out that route.
When it comes to cars being donated to the ROP/auto shop where Mr. Luongo teaches, Mr. Luongo isn’t too picky about what type of cars are donated, they just need to be running…
I would like to give a HUGE thank you to Mr. Luongo for giving me his time and thoughts about his career and the automotive industry in general. I would also like to give a big thank you to my editor (named Mom…) for editing this post. Tune in Friday for an interesting (NOT photoshop) article on two-wheeled Japanese tow trucks!