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Raul Tapia – empowering residents in Tehachapi

Chamber Chat

Clare Scotti.

Amidst Tehachapi's daily happenings, a man with a passion for diesel engines has been quietly transforming lives since 2001. Meet Raul Tapia, a seasoned diesel mechanic turned facilitator, whose mobile training courses have offered opportunities for aspiring mechanics from all walks of life.

Operating out of his custom-equipped trailer turned mobile classroom, Raul travels equipped with all the necessary gear and tools to train new mechanics. His training goes beyond technical know-how, encompassing interview skills and resume building, essential for students transitioning into the workforce upon completing his courses.

"Diesel mechanics can earn $40 per hour right out of the gate," Raul proudly said, underscoring the financial rewards awaiting his graduates.

From repairing brakes to transmission rebuilds, Raul covers it all, emphasizing that in the diesel repair world, experience reigns supreme over formal certifications. Raul also provides a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

For Raul, diesel repair isn't just a job, it's a recession-proof career path. His intensive six-weekend training sessions draw students from as far as El Paso, all eager to learn the skills needed to service engines and respond to road emergencies.

"With more trucks on the road, there's always a need for skilled mechanics," Raul said, highlighting the robust demand that keeps his trainees employed.

Born in Mexico and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Raul's journey to entrepreneurship was paved with grit and determination. From collecting bottles and cans as a child to landing a job at Cummins Engine Company after high school, Raul's resilience shaped his career trajectory.

"They wanted to send me to London, but my path was here in California," Raul recalls of his decision to forge his own path, eventually founding his independent training venture.

Despite the challenges of the job, often hot and dirty, Raul finds solace in its honesty and independence.

"It's honest work that pays the bills," Raul explains with a grin, his weathered hands gesturing animatedly. "I enjoyed the freedom of working on my own terms and schedule, and now I enjoy sharing that freedom with others."

Raul's journey to creating his Christian-based training program began after several years spent honing his craft in the diesel repair industry.

In a world where skilled trades are increasingly valued, Raul Tapia stands as a testament to the transformative power of knowledge and determination. For those interested in learning more about Raul Tapia's diesel repair training courses, contact (661) 492-2971 or visit 122 S. Green St. Suite 5., Tehachapi. Discover how Raul's expertise can pave the way to a rewarding career in diesel mechanics, right here in our own backyard.

Raul Tapia is a proud member of the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce.

Clare Scotti is the Executive Director of the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce.