Tomorrow's Technician T2 IQ

Babcox Media

Doug Kaufman, editorial director for Tomorrow’s Technician talks tech and training with some of the brightest and most successful members of the automotive aftermarket and racing community. Their stories will take you into the garage and onto the track as they explain what it takes to be a success.

All Episodes

Wondering "what's next" in an industry full of faced-paced innovation? Doug Kaufman, editor of Tomorrow’s Technician and The Rustbelt Mechanic, Kyle Thoreen, talk about what to expect for the automotive industry as we continue to repurpose old techniques with new technology.

Jul 20

24 min 45 sec

It's not your father's industry anymore, so what does that mean for you? Doug Kaufman, editor of Tomorrow’s Technician and The Rustbelt Mechanic, Kyle Thoreen, talk about what to expect for the expanding automotive industry.

Jul 15

27 min 37 sec

Ready to plan for phase 2 of your career? Doug Kaufman, editor of Tomorrow’s Technician and The Rustbelt Mechanic, Kyle Thoreen, talk about becoming a mentor for future generations, keeping your skills fresh and preparing for growth.

Jul 12

30 min 15 sec

How can you keep up with the incredible pace of change in vehicle technology, keep training fresh, identify good training programs and decide which is right for you? Doug Kaufman, editor of Tomorrow’s Technician and The Rustbelt Mechanic, Kyle Thoreen, talk about the importance of continuing education in the industry and answer questions you may have about your own education.

Jul 7

24 min 45 sec

Experts say it all comes down to supply and demand - if you can supply what's needed, you can demand whatever you want. Experts say an increasingly challenging technician shortage has them worried for the future - are you making the right choices with regard to your career? Doug Kaufman, editor of Tomorrow’s Technician and The Rustbelt Mechanic, Kyle Thoreen, talk about the opportunities – and challenges - that are waiting for tomorrow's technicians.

Jun 7

26 min 43 sec

Chartreuse. Lime. Emerald. Sea Foam. Crocodile. They're all green, but not the same. Greenbacks. Dough. Bucks. Benjamins. Scratch. All money that spends the same but can be earned differently. As a new technician, do you understand the differences in compensation models between flat-rate, hourly, commission, salary, etc.? Doug Kaufman, editor of Tomorrow's Technician gets Kyle Thoreen, The Rust Belt Mechanic, to show you the money.

May 26

27 min 45 sec

If you're just getting started in this industry you may not know what you don't know about what it takes to become successful. In addition to the technical aspects, you'll need tools and equipment. But do you need the best equipment right now? How do you finance your future without going broke? Doug Kaufman, editor of Tomorrow’s Technician and The Rustbelt Mechanic, Kyle Thoreen, talk about how to create a priority list for what's really important for the early portions of a career in this episode of T2 IQ.

May 18

27 min 50 sec

Money makes the world go round – or at least it helps fuel a successful automotive career. How do you start your career? College? Apprenticeship? Straight into a shop or dealership? Doug Kaufman, editor of Tomorrow’s Technician and The Rustbelt Mechanic, Kyle Thoreen, talk about what to expect in your first two-three years in this episode of T2 IQ.

May 11

21 min 48 sec

The automotive industry offers exciting career paths – but it isn’t necessarily easy to find your way. Doug Kaufman, editor of Tomorrow’s Technician talks about how to get started with The Rustbelt Mechanic, Kyle Thoreen. With a diverse background as a technician, instructor and social media influencer, Thoreen offers a unique perspective on what students and newcomers to the industry can expect during their first few years.

May 5

30 min 32 sec

Just because they look simple, spark plugs and related components have a great deal to do with keeping today's vehicles operating efficiently. In this episode, we answer student questions about spark plugs and ignition coils with the help of technical experts at NGK, the ignition specialists, and NTK, the sensor specialists.

Oct 2020

25 min 12 sec

When future automotive technicians have questions, they ask their instructors. If that doesn't work, they can ask Tomorrow's Technician. In this episode, we answer student questions on various vehicle sensors with the help of technical experts at NGK, the ignition specialists, and NTK, the sensor specialists.

Oct 2020

17 min 32 sec

NGK/NTK Trainer Philip Austin explains how trainers and instructors can continue to inspire their students, even in unprecedented times.

Aug 2020

17 min 33 sec

A lifelong pursuit of learning and teaching has taken Philip Austin to every corner of the automotive industry. From his early days of learning how to repair Jaguars at the feet of his father to winning national tech competitions in high school to managing dealer repair shops and his own facility to becoming one of NGK’s Technical Training Specialists, the student has become the teacher. This podcast episode is sponsored by NGK Spark Plugs.

Jul 2020

20 min 52 sec

Piloting an 11,000 HP NHRA Top Fuel Funny Car or Dragster isn't as easy as it looks. J.R. Todd, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car and Rob Flynn, Crew Chief of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster put old myths to rest and explain how today's champion-caliber drivers are more than just passengers in some of the fastest cars on Earth. This podcast episode is sponsored by NGK Spark Plugs.

Jun 2020

25 min 41 sec

A nitromethane burning Top Fuel dragster or funny car can consume more than 13 gallons of fuel in less than four seconds. Hundreds of variables, including the atmospheric condition means capturing a win takes a great setup, with every team member and vehicle component operating in sync. This conversation sponsored by NGK Spark Plugs.

Jun 2020

32 min 34 sec