Career Technologies Division
Professor, Automotive Technology
Phone #: 972-860-1058
FAX #: 972-860-8393
Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX
Associate in Applied Science
Automotive Service Technology
Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX 2002-2003
Instructor- Automotive Technology
OTC Tools 2003-2009
Instructor- Scan Tools, Oscilloscopes, Engine Analyzers
Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX 2003-Present
Instructor- Automotive Technology
L1 Advanced ASE Master Technician
Lexus Master Technician
My name is Buster "Jeremy" Bramall. I was raised on a farm; we lived a very traditional farm life, about 50 years after most people had gone away from such practices. We didn't buy anything that we could build. The majority of my toys were homemade, many of my clothes were sewn together by my mom, and most of what we ate we grew, caught, or killed. My dad was always working on people's tractors, cars, trailers, boats, motorcycles, or whatever needed fixing. We had a cabinet shop and were constantly building things from wood for his work, ourselves, and other people as well.
In high school I was part of the co-op program and worked at a quick lube during the afternoons. After I graduated, I went to work at an independent auto repair shop. I worked full-time during the day and went to school at Tarrant County College at night. It took four and a half years of night classes to get my Associate's Degree in Automotive Technology. I started out at the independent shop cleaning the floors, chasing parts, busting tires, and changing oil; I progressed as I learned at school. I worked at that shop for four and a half years and ended up an ASE Master Technician with L1 and Texas Certified Emissions Repair Technician. I did a lot of heavy line and drivability work. The shop also housed a speedometer (speedo) repair shop. The man who had been running the speedo shop for 20 years died, and I took his place. I built speedo cables from scratch, repaired speedometers, magnetos, antique starters, and antique generators working in the speedo shop. The owner was heavy into the Interstate Batteries Great Race Across America (an antique car rally that stretched coast to coast) -- a time/speed race. In these events you rely on a super accurate speedometer and clock to get a good score (winners will drive 2,000 miles within two seconds of the calculated time). We worked on countless antique cars through the Great Race efforts and because of the speedometer shop. We repaired everything from the early turn of the century and younger. The shop itself had a 1928 Dodge Brothers Coupe, 1939 Chevy Coupe, 1940 one-owner Chevy Pickup, and 1946 Chevy Pickup that we would often use to run parts, shuttle customers to home or work, and tow in customer's cars. I worked on cars as rare as 1914 Model T Racer, 1940 Packard Limousine, Nash Metropolitans, and 1960s Daimler (one of only 4 in the US).
After leaving the independent shop, I went to work for Sewell Lexus. I worked there for 10 years. I became a Lexus Master Technician, team leader, technician trainer, and diagnostic specialist. I was regularly acting as a liaison for visiting engineers from Japan. The Lexus Field Technical Specialist would regularly have customers bring problem cars to our dealership and have me attempt to diagnose problems that no one else could and then repair the problems. My best year at Lexus put me within a few thousand of making six figures per year.
About three years after I started working for Lexus I got into a position where I could teach part- time at night. I began teaching at night for Tarrant County College in their state funded continuing education program. I taught there at night for a year and a half. During that time, I also started training for OTC tools. I have been teaching scan tool and engine analyzer classes for them since 2003. I cover the northern half of Texas, most of Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, and the southwest corner of Arkansas for OTC. After moving to Sunnyvale, I switched from TCC to Eastfield College. I taught for six years at Eastfield at night. In 2009 I started teaching full-time at Eastfield in the T-TEN (Toyota Technician Training Education Network ) program.
Personally, I was raised around motorcycles. I started racing motorcycles in off-road endurance races. I have raced for several years in TCCRA and TORO. My best points finish at the end of a season was third. I have won a race and have numerous second, third, and on down finishes. My race bike is a Honda CR500AF. It is a custom bike with a two stroke 500cc motor stuffed into an all aluminum 250cc chassis. It has been good for numerous whole shots. My competitors know that I'm going to be up front at the first turn and know to get ready if they want to hit me, because I'll be ready to hit them.
Before I started racing, I competed in wakeboarding. I won several events in the intermediate class and traveled all over Texas for competitions. I had a 2000 Super Air Nautique that I used for practice. Wakeboarding is a very hazardous sport and when the chiropractor told me to pick out a wheelchair or quit wakeboarding, I had to stop competing.
I come from a flying family. My dad bought a plane when I was a little kid. I've had the opportunity to fly in small prop planes, sail planes, Learjets, helicopters, and even jump planes for sky divers. My dad has a couple of planes that I get to fly in now. I am also building a plane at my house and have another plane to build that is currently stored at my dad's hangar.
I do a lot of fabrication. I have recently built a lifelike Jeep bed for my son, a custom four door Jeep Scrambler for myself, 3 custom motorcycles, 2 custom four wheelers, and several plane parts. I am currently working on a third scale Piper Cub. I have a MIG (metal inert gas welder), TIG (tungsten inert gas) welder, metal cut-off saw, band saw, milling machine, metal lathe, and full woodworking shop tools at my disposal to fabricate with. I am also into electronics and have the capabilities and equipment to make my own circuit boards and program my own microchips. I can sew vinyl, leather, and cloth. I have the equipment to vacuform mold plexiglass and plastic to make lenses for lights and parts for plastic projects. I try to study robotics and do a lot of projects with LEDs.
I am now only employed as a full-time teacher. The biggest reason for this is that I want to spend more time with my son. I worked two and three jobs for seven years. It was ok for me until I had a child and then the time away from my son was taxing. The second is my health-- wakeboarding took a huge toll on my body and left me with the skeletal system of a 60-year-old man. The amount of time that I spent working was very hard on my body. Also the FAA is denying me my physical because I am dizzy all the time. My doctors concluded that if I was ever going to pass my FAA physical, I would have to go to only one job and quit working on cars. The third major reason was career progression. It is clear to me that I am not the type to become a service manager, I have no interest in being a service advisor, and there are no other high paying positions in dealerships for ex-technicians. I enjoy teaching and it gives me the freedom to mess with my side projects and I don't have to the physical labor of working on cars unless I want to.
My goal as a teacher is to help you to become whatever it is that you desire. When I went to school, I wanted to learn everything. While the teacher was talking about Chapter 2, I was reading Chapter 6. I still have that hunger for knowledge. Every day I am on the internet or in a book reading about some technology that interests me. I have a full library of textbooks from many different fields that I read to learn about electronics, physics, engineering, aeronautics, and such. I am here to explain to you how stuff works and show you how to do things. I can't teach you anything. You have to learn on your own. All I can do is present the theory and processes to you. It is up to you to retain it and file it in your memory in a way that you understand. It is also up to you to ask questions when you don't understand something. There is no question that I won't answer or help you find the answer to. When you understand a concept, and are then able to modify it to your good or expand on that knowledge, I have succeeded in my goal. If you have the desire to learn, I can truly help you in your quest. I want to train the next Jesse James, Boyd Codington, or Rod Millen.