General Automotive Technology Mr. Chavez, Mr. Cruz, & Mr. Getrum

About the Program

Automotive Services: an ASE Certified AST Program

Gwinnett County citizens highly value the important role education plays in building a thriving, global community and strongly support the school system’s pursuit of excellence. The finest teachers in the profession, involved parents, and a supportive community are key elements in the district’s quest to become a system of world-class schools. At Maxwell, we strive to help student's explore opportunities in the automotive industry and prepare them for college or entering the workforce. We provide a student-centered, safe learning environment where hands-on training, real world employability and soft skills are taught by highly certified industry professionals.

Courses & Credits

Automotive Technologies I
Automotive Technologies II
Automotive Technologies III
Embedded Credit: Science


  • SP2 Satefty Certification (2 certificates)
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student Level Certification in 9 Areas
  • Subaru Level 1 Technician Certification (10 certificates)
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Level 0 Technician Certification (6 certificates)
  • Snap-On Tools Voltmeter Certification
  • Valvoline Motor Oil Basics Certification
  • American Lift Institute Lift Safety Certification


  • Infinity of Gwinnett - Subaru of Gwinnett
  • Hayes Chrysler Dodge Jeep
  • Hennessy Automobile Companies
  • Nash Chevrolet
  • Jim Ellis Automotive Group
  • Atlanta Classic Cars Mercedes Benz
  • Rick Case Automotive Group
  • Rick Hendrick Automotive Group ​
  • Gwinnett Place Ford
  • Akins Ford
  • Fenski Automotive
  • GK Tire
  • Kauffman Tire
  • Hunter Engineering Company
  • BMW North America
  • Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources
  • Volkswagen


Mr. Max Chavez

It is my mission as an educator to prepare my students to achieve their goals in the automotive industry. I know that not all my students will grow up to be technicians but they all most likely will own a car. Maxwell gives me the opportunity to have students explore careers in the automotive industry and make educated decisions on their options.


  • Automotive Technology Diploma, Dekalb Technical College
  • PACTE, University of Georgia
  • 2017 TIEGA Teacher Of The Year
  • 2014-15 Maxwell High School -Teacher Of The Year
  • 2014 Trade and Industrial Educators of Georgia Association (TIEGA) - New Teacher Of The Year
  • 2014 Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education (GACTE)- New Teacher Of The Year Nominee
  • 2014 Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) - Trade and Industrial Education Division - National Outstanding New Teacher Award


  • ASE - G1
  • ASE – Master
  • ASE - L1
  • ASE - A9 Diesel Repair
  • Chrysler Master Technician 2001 to Present
  • Dodge Viper Certified Technician
  • Hybrid Vehicle Two Mode
  • Automatic Transmission Repair Specialist

Business & Industry Experience

  • Pep-Boys Auto Parts – Parts sales and assistant store manager
  • Hayes Chrysler – Technician and Team Leader - 12 years
  • Dekalb Technical College – Adjunct Automotive Instructor
  • 2018-19 Vice President of Trade & Industrial Educators of Georgia

Mr. Richard Getrum

From an early age I knew cars, trucks and motorcycles were of special interest to me. I graduated from Shiloh High School, and immediately went to pursue my career and passion in the automotive business. Taking an unconventional approach to what most of my friends were doing made me question my future and choices. I skipped the four year college route, started working, then signed up for technical school. My career led me in many rewarding and lucrative directions, I transitioned to starting and operating my own business after 13 years in the field. After 10 years of successful operation, training many employees and coaching CrossFit I realized my passion laid in helping people achieve their dreams. Being a product of Gwinnett County Public Schools myself, I felt this was a special opportunity to "give back" what so many had given me for many years. I felt I could help educate and inspire future generations to have a meaningful impact on countless lives. The amazing technology in use in today's vehicles ensures the automotive technician who is hardworking and willing to learn will be more than capable of taking care of themselves as well as their loved ones.


  • Shiloh High School
  • High School Diploma
  • Gwinnett Technical College
  • Associate's Degree
  • Preparation Academy for Career and Technical Education-PACTE
  • ​University of Georgia Graduate


  • Automotive Service Excellence ASE
  • A1-A8 MasterTech
  • T2-Diesel Engine Specialist
  • ​G1-Maintenance and Light Repair Technician
  • Associated Locksmith of America
  • Certified Automotive Locksmith-CAL


I want to provide all students with an opportunity to gain knowledge, both in theory and hands on which will help them get an entry level position in the automotive field if they wish. At a minimum, students who do not wish to enter the field can be prepared to care for their own vehicles or understand issues when they are being repaired at a shop.

Mr. Ervin Cruz

Mr. Cruz joined Maxwell High School of Technology in 2018. He currently teaches all courses offered in Automotive Services. Mr. Cruz is ASE certified with year of experience in the automotive industry.