About Your Instructor
Andy Crook is the principal instructor at GotBoost, he is ‘passionate about standards’.
Andy believes standing still is going backwards which has resulted in a varied career within the automotive sector, and consistent professional development.
Andy is currently reseaching Hydrogen ICE technologies, with a major focus on Hydrogen Safety.
Andy left school and joined the Army as an Apprentice Vehicle Mechanic. In the Army, he learned how to repair everything from lawnmowers to Main Battle Tanks.
He was always trying to improve the performance of his cars and this led to a hobby business carrying out engine conversions. This is where he began to teach himself about engine management, in the early days he would fit DCOE or DHLA carburettors in place of the Bosch K-Jet fuel injection systems. But he knew that the time would come when he would need to install the complete engine management system along with the engine. He was fortunate enough to work on some projects in the Army that provided some engine management training.
Most of his spare time was spent working out how to transplant various engines into places they were never intended for.
Andy met Stef and they started a friendship based on various Motorsport activities. His hobby business was now more concerned with offering training courses and writing articles for some of the biggest names in the UK automotive industry.
With his experience and qualifications Andy Crook is ideally suited to delivering Automotive training courses, he has a wealth of knowledge along with an understanding of how people learn. He designs his courses with a unique mix of theory & practical sessions that re-enforce the learning that enables quicker more accurate diagnosis.
In his spare time, Andy loves watching rugby.
Andy was proud to be a Vehicle Mechanic in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. (REME)
He reached the dizzy heights of Corporal and served all over the world during an action-packed 14 years. (it was not all spent playing rugby and drinking beer, honest).
After leaving the Forces Andy worked in several HGV garages and attended many training courses, eventually becoming a diagnostic Technician.
As a Technical Sales Advisor for Snap-On Diagnostics, Andy developed many soft skills and always put his customers first. Spending more time helping garages than selling garage equipment.
This led him to swap roles and become a Diagnostic Product Specialist. This was the single most important role change in his career.
Andy had discovered his passion for teaching and presenting.
Andy Spent the next 5 years lecturing at 2 local colleges first Gower College Swansea, then Neath Port Talbot College. During this time he gained valuable experience in all aspects of teaching and learning.
In 2014 Andy joined forces with Stef to combine the racing, training and performance-tuning businesses into one limited company. Gotboost LTD
Andy attended Swansea Institute of Higher Education in 2003 and after 3 years of part-time study he had successfully completed a Motorsport HNC course.
Andy completed a year of online study with the Open University in 2009 resulting in the award of a Professional Certificate in Business Management.
This was followed by 2 years of study towards his Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Wales.
Andy completed further modules with Swansea Metropolitan University in 2013 towards his HND in Automotive Technology.
This allowed him to enrol with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and study towards a BSc in Automotive technology in 2015 he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree.
In 2019 Andy completed a Master of Science postgraduate degree in Renewable Energy Resource Management.
His keen interest in the Future of Transport resulted in Andy developing a model of the potential uptake of Electric Vehicles and the impact on the local grid of a major UK city as part of his dissertation.
Andy’s unique skill set has been recognised by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) who awarded him a Fellowship in 2015. Andy has also gained Advanced Automotive Engineer & Advanced Automotive Training Professional status with the IMI, (one of the first in the UK to do so)