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.
He has recently completed a Masters of Science postgraduate degree in Renewable Energy Resource Management. His keen interest in the Future of Transport Energy led him to model the uptake of Electric Vehicles and the impact on the local grid of a major UK city.
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.
Upon leaving the Forces he worked in several HGV garages and attended courses and eventually became a diagnostic Technician. By now most of his spare time was spent working out how to transplant various engines into places they were never intended for.
Andy discovered Swansea Institute of Higher Education offered a Motorsport HNC course with modules that interested him so he enrolled. He passed the course with a Distinction after 3 years of part-time study. During which time he was employed first as a Technical Sales Advisor and latterly as a Diagnostic Product Specialist for Snap-On Diagnostics. This is how he became a Technical Trainer. To keep up to date with Technological changes and diagnostic techniques Andy continued to support Gotboost with diagnostic work and 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. Andy’s skill set led to him achieving Advanced Automotive Engineer Status with the IMI.
Andy completed a year of business study with the Open University after which he knew which direction his career would go, he was going to become a teacher. He believed that one way that he could set himself apart from the other technical trainers was to have a teaching qualification. So he became a Lecturer and started 2 years study towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. During which time he gained valuable experience in all aspects of teaching and learning. This led to Andy applying for and achieving Advanced Automotive Training Professional status with the IMI, one of the first in the UK to do so.
Andy completed further modules with Swansea Metropolitan University to gain an HND in Automotive Technology but had grown frustrated with college life and after 5 years of teaching was looking for another challenge.
Andy decided to join forces with Stef at Gotboost and combine the racing and training into one limited company. He also enrolled with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to study towards a BSc in Automotive technology. After 2 years of part-time study, he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree.
In 2015 Andy’s unique combination of academic, business and technical skills led to him being recognised as a Fellow of the IMI.
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 is a grade 2 WRU Referee and loves watching, if not officiating rugby union.