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Automotive Program Faculty

Skylar Webb, Department Head

Webb started his automotive career in 2005, working as an apprentice for Sturm’s Automotive. After graduating high school, he moved to Phoenix to attend the Arizona Automotive Institute, where he became a factory-trained Ford technician and ultimately graduated as class Valedictorian with his AAS in 2006.

Webb has been ASE Master Certified since 2007, applying his skills and knowledge to dealerships, independent shops and fleet operations, like U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

Webb has been a faculty instructor for Pima College since 2010, running the Wilmot State Prison automotive program before becoming a full time faculty instructor in 2015 and Department Head in 2019.

Favorite Car: Ferrari 575 Maranello

“The kind of sexy GT car Aston Martin would make if they weren't so painfully British.”

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Gilberto Escandon, Instructional Faculty – Automotive

Escandon began working as a technician with Buck’s Exxon in 2006. He would later go on to work at Jim ClickDodge, where he became an ASE Master Certified technician as well as a factory-trained Chrysler technician.

Escandon began teaching at Pima Community College as an adjunct faculty in 2010 before joining the College as a full-time Laboratory Specialist in 2011. He completed his AAS in Automotive Technology while working at Pima College and was hired on as a faculty member in 2021.

Favorite Car: Suzuki Cappucino

“Like a Chihuahua having a bad day. It doesn’t care how big you are, it will take you down!”

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Roman Carrillo, Instructional Faculty – Automotive

The roots of Carrillo’s career can be traced all the way back to high school where he obtained first place in Skills USA, a national competition that tests students’ technical abilities. After high school, Carrillo continued his education at Pima Community College, where he received his AAS in Automotive Technology.

Carrillo is a transmission specialist that has worked at various automotive transmission shops around Tucson and even opened Roman’s Transmission Company.

He was hired at Pima Community College in 1996 as a Trades Maintenance Specialist where he worked for twelve years before moving to the Automotive department as a Lab Specialist. In 2013, Carrillo was hired as faculty for the Automotive Technology program.

Along the way, Carrillo has achieved ASE Master Technician certification, Ford (ACE) certifications, Subaru University OEM certification and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) certifications.

Favorite Car: 1967 Ford F100 4x4

“In high school I drove a shiny, beautiful navy blue ’67 Ford pickup 4x4. My ’67 Ford still lives in my garage… I am and always will be a Ford Truck Fanatic.”

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Carlos Sotomayor, Academic Success Counselor

Sotomayor has been working in higher education since 1989. He started as a temporary employee with Pima Community College. By 1991, he was working as an academic advisor. Sotomayor has held many jobs in Arizona and New Mexico, all within the realm of higher education. In 1998, Sotomayor returned home to Pima Community College as a temporary counselor and adjunct faculty member.

In 2000, Sotomayor became a full time Faculty Support Counselor. Over the past 20+ years Sotomayor has taught multiple student success courses and counseled countless students successfully through Pima’s programs. Sotomayor now serves as the advisor/counselor for the Automotive Technology program.

Carlos holds an AA from Pima in General Studies, a Bachelor degree from University of Arizona in Music, Psychology, and Mexican American Studies, and a Masters of Arts in Education Counseling from the University of Phoenix.

Favorite Car: 2007 Honda Element

“My current 2007 Honda Element. I really want a nice truck too.”

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