You can learn the Automotive Arts from the masters at Revs Institute

RevsEd has redefined how essential automotive skills can be acquired by enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels:

  • Hands-on, interactive and fun learning environment
  • Held in the pristine Revs Institute workshop in Naples, Florida
  • Classes offered as either four 2-hour sessions or two 4-hour sessions
  • Prices start at $399 (adults) and $299 (teen summer program)
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Whether you’re a novice learning the basics or an enthusiast looking to enhance your skills, RevsEd opens the doors to a dynamic educational journey where the art of working on cars comes to life.

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Led by seasoned professionals, these small-class settings offer an ideal environment for hands-on learning, ensuring that participants receive personalized attention and guidance.

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Meet the Instructors

MIKE BARBONE

Education Developer & Instructor

Michael Barbone, the Education Developer & Instructor for the RevsEd program, boasts a distinguished career spanning four decades that began in the automotive repair industry. With an unwavering passion for both automobiles and education, Michael embarked on a journey to attain a master’s degree in education and administration, paving the way for a second career in the educational sector. There, he dedicated himself to teaching automotive repair, igniting the minds of countless students.  Elevating his ambitions, Michael assumed the role of Vice Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, serving with distinction for sixteen years at Kearny High School in New Jersey before retiring as an esteemed administrator. After relocating to Naples, Florida, Michael joined the Revs Institute team. He is proud to contribute to the development of this initiative and feels fortunate to have his two life passions evolve into his dream position.

CRAIG LORTE

Instructor

With a career spanning 45 years, Craig Lortie is a seasoned veteran in the automotive industry. He has worked for prestigious brands including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, and Lamborghini. Craig is an esteemed member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and holds Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. With a degree in Automotive Technology, Craig possesses a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical skills essential for success in the automotive field. His academic background, coupled with decades of hands-on experience, positions him as a trusted authority in automotive engineering and mechanics. Beyond work, Craig is an avid motorcyclist, finding joy and freedom on the open road. His passion for motorcycles reflects his lifelong dedication to all things automotive, both personally and professionally.

IAN THOMPSON

Instructor

Ian Thompson, an experienced aviator, and automotive enthusiast, holds a BS and MBA from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. Ian served as both an Instructor Pilot and a Fighter Pilot with the United States Air Force from ’85 to ’93. Transitioning from the skies to the racetrack, he embraced roles as a pit crew member for late model dirt track racing in the mid-’80s. Post-military, Ian continued his aviation career in various capacities, including airline, corporate, and private jet piloting until his first retirement. A lifelong hot rodder, he’s equally passionate about automotive sports, participating in autocross and drag racing events. Now focused on RevsEd, Ian shares his expertise in teaching and auto mechanics, nurturing the next generation of enthusiasts. Alongside his automotive pursuits, he coaches for the local master’s swim team, and the Seacrest Country Day team. Ian cherishes time with his three granddaughters, showcasing his devotion to family amidst his adrenaline-fueled lifestyle.

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Class Details & Schedule

Classes are offered as either four 2-hour sessions or two 4-hour sessions. Select a class below to get started.

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Calling all automotive enthusiasts! Dive into the heart of automotive knowledge with our hands-on experience, tailored just for you. Revs Institute proudly presents the Engine Basics course, crafted to provide you with an exciting journey into the inner workings of an engine. This course is your gateway to understanding the intricacies of engines, from the fundamentals to the magic that makes them GO! Join us for an engaging and educational experience that combines learning, camaraderie, and hands-on exploration.

Classes Dates Days/Times Cost
Engines 101 (Teens Only Age 14-18) June 10, 11, 12, 13 M/T/W/TH 9:30AM-11:30AM $299.00 Register
Engines 101 (Teens Only Age 14-18) June 17, 18, 19, 20 M/T/W/TH 9:30AM-11:30AM $299.00 Register
Engines 101 (Teens Only Age 14-18) July 8, 9, 10, 11 M/T/W/TH 9:30AM-11:30AM $299.00 Register
Engines 101 (Teens Only Age 14-18) July 8, 9, 10, 11 M/T/W/TH 1:00PM – 3:00PM $299.00 Register

Workshop Cost: $229 / 1 Day Workshop

Designed for individuals with busy schedules, our Express Engines 101 Workshop offers a condensed yet comprehensive experience for enthusiasts looking to delve into the fascinating world of engines. In response to time-challenged lifestyles, we’ve consolidated our popular Engines 101 introductory class into a single-day, four-hour session. This workshop provides the same immersive, hands-on, and instructor-led experience as our traditional Engines 101 class held at the renowned Revs Institute restoration workshop.

Classes Dates Days/Times Cost
Father’s Day Express Engines 101 June 8 SAT, 9:00AM – 1:00PM $229.00 Register
Express Engines 101 July 13 SAT, 9:00AM – 1:00PM $229.00 Register

For those of you who reveled in the hands-on thrill of Engines 101, we present Engines 102 – the next chapter in our series of automotive arts programs! This exciting course is tailored to address a common query among car enthusiasts: “Why won’t my car start?” Dive deep into troubleshooting to uncover the reasons behind a non-starting car. Engines 102 is your opportunity to enhance your automotive knowledge and acquire valuable troubleshooting skills. Join us as we investigate some of the most frequent issues encountered by car enthusiasts, and learn how to diagnose a problem step-by-step.

Classes Dates Days/Times Cost
Engines 102 June 10, 11, 12, 13 M/T/W/TH 1:00PM – 3:00PM $399.00 Register
Engines 102 (Teens Only Age 14-18) June 24, 25, 26, 27 M/T/W/TH 9:30AM-11:30AM $299.00 Register
Engines 102 (Teens Only Age 14-18) July 15, 16, 17, 18 M/T/W/TH 9:30AM-11:30AM $299.00 Register
Engines 102 July 15, 16, 17, 18 M/T/W/TH 1:00PM – 3:00PM $399.00 Register

Embark on the next chapter of the RevsEd adventure with our engaging course, Brakes 101. This immersive experience guides you through hands-on activities, providing a comprehensive understanding of the hydraulic brake system’s function and maintenance routine. Delve into the intricacies of both drum and disc-type brake systems, demystify the operation of each component from start to finish. Upon completion of this course, you will have not only experience in brake system maintenance, but also firsthand insight into the mechanics of what truly happens when you “hit the brakes”!

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We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to the RevsEd automotive program – Steering and Suspension 101. This class offers a hands-on experience where you will complete tasks and delve into the intricacies of both steering and suspension systems. By exploring all the components that make up these systems, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of how they collectively control your vehicle. Upon completion of this course, you won’t just comprehend how steering and suspension systems work, you’ll understand how to maintain a smooth ride for years to come.

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Ever found yourself pondering over the mysteries of your car’s electrical system? Look no further! Introducing one of the newest RevsEd adventures – Electrical 101. This course is designed to not only answer your burning questions but to take you on an enlightening journey through the fundamentals of electricity and its practical application in your automobile. Don’t miss this opportunity to demystify the world of automotive electronics. Register now for this intro course and empower yourself with the skills to diagnose and repair electrical issues in your vehicle.

Classes Dates Days/Times Cost
Electrical 101 June 17, 18, 19, 20 M/T/W/TH, 1:00PM – 3:00PM $399.00 Register
Electrical 101 (Teens Only Age 14-18) July 22, 23, 24, 25 M/T/W/TH, 1:00PM – 3:00PM $299.00 Register

Ever dreamed of mastering the art of Metal Fabrication? Your opportunity has arrived! RevsEd proudly presents its latest and highly anticipated program – Metal Fabrication 101. This hands-on course is meticulously designed to provide you with the fundamental skills needed to embark on an exciting journey into the world of metal crafting. Upon completion of this course, you’ll not only be equipped with foundational metal fabrication skills, you’ll also be ready to dive into Metal Fabrication 102. In the advanced class, you’ll shape metal to bring your envisioned finished projects to life.

Classes Dates Days/Times Cost
Metal Fabrication 101 June 3, 5 M/W, 9:00AM – 1:00PM $399.00 Register
Metal Fabrication 101 (Teens Only Age 14-18) June 24, 25, 26, 27 M/T/W/TH, 1:00PM-3:00PM $299.00 Register
Metal Fabrication 101 (Teens Only Age 14-18) July 22, 23, 24, 25 M/T/W/TH, 9:30AM-11:30AM $299.00 Register