Lance Wiggins
Lance Wiggins
Lance Wiggins is ATRA’s technical director and the technical editor for GEARS Magazine. Every technical article that reaches the pages of GEARS must first pass his requirements for technical accuracy and validity. Lance got his start in the auto repair industry through a regional occupational program offered through school. His natural aptitude and attraction to all things mechanical made him a perfect fit. He went on to work for a Ford dealership, earning their highest educational certification. And he’s since earned certifications through Chevrolet, Chrysler, Nissan, ACDelco, and ASE. Since joining ATRA in 1999, he’s helped reshape the landscape of transmission technical education, having supervised the creation of ATRA’s latest Testing and Certification program. He’s written several books, available through the ATRA BookStore, hundreds of articles for GEARS, and created a wide range of seminar programs and handout material. And he’s been honored with more than a dozen IAMA awards for writing.
Casting a Positive Note to the Industry
When you have a passion to serve, it tends to overcome your life in a positive way. Opening the door for someone… letting people go before you… asking if there’s anything else you can do for them… it’s these types of core values that make you who you are. For me, I’ve always been told you can’t get anywhere doing nothing; you have to work at being the best. I don’t consider myse...

Dangerous Flood Waters
In 2006, I was in Biloxi, Mississippi, just a few short months after hurricane Katrina. The devastation was unbelievable and the recovery took years. Now, with hurricane Harvey and Irma, both Texas and Florida are in for the same fate. This is a warning for all shops! In 2006, I wrote this article about septic shock caused by flood-damaged vehicles. This is a resubmission of that article. The ...

ATRA Technician Certification Program
Calling this a certification program might be selling ourselves short, because it’s much more than that. The ATRA certification program is actually a complete educational curriculum. It includes all the resources you need to pass the tests, but it’s also filled with all the background information you need to take your place as a leader in the automatic transmission repair industry. The prog...

Educating to Industry or Educating the Industry?
The 2016 ATRA Powertrain Expo hosted by GEARS and ATRA is over! It was a terrific event, and we all learned a lot about how we think about one another. My message to you today is simple: Change the way you think and start educating yourself. I held a weeklong class on education to the industry. Simply put, everywhere I went, I was teaching a class. Let’s step back for a second so you can get ...

A New Dynamic for Today’s Transmission Shops
Over the years I’ve developed a specific reputation with GEARS readers; you see my byline and you figure I’m going to be talking about tech. Not all that surprising; after all, that’s a big part of my job with ATRA and GEARS. But a lot of my time is spent talking to shop owners. Sure, they want to know that we’re providing great tech, but, as we’re talking, invariably the conversation...

Practice Makes Perfect
So there we were, 4th down and goal, with the ball on the 2-yard line; we were down by 7 with 35 seconds left in the game. I called timeout and brought the players over to talk about what we were going to do. It was a do-or-die moment… win or go home… and I knew that it was going to require a play that would push my team to its limits. Sure, it was tense… there was a lot of pressure on...