Automotive instructor pens text book, wins national teaching award

Nicholas Goodnight, an automotive technology instructor at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, has penned a text book for community and technical college students. He is co-author of “Automotive Engine Repair,” a part of the CDX Master Automotive Technician Series, which teaches students about “the technical background, diagnostic strategies, and repair procedures they need to successfully repair engines in the shop,” according to the book’s Amazon listing.



The book was published earlier this month, and Goodnight hopes to see the book used in automotive classes at Ivy Tech. He began work on the book in late 2015 and says he’s working on another in the series, about automotive braking systems, which is scheduled to be published at the end of the year.


This is the second book in this series to be written by an automotive instructor from the Fort Wayne Campus; David Jones’ book, “Automotive Electricity and Electronics,” came out in early June. Each is available on Amazon and


This week, Goodnight is being honored at the North American Council of Automotive Teachers Conference in Warren, Mich. He was selected by the national group as the Best New Automotive Teacher in the Nation, which recognizes an outstanding automotive instructor who has been teaching for five or fewer years.


Goodnight has a bachelor’s degree in business, a Master’s of Business Administration in marketing and human resources, and is currently working on his doctorate degree in global leadership.

One thought on “Automotive instructor pens text book, wins national teaching award

  1. Congratulations speaking as a student we are very proud of the accomplishments of our staff.

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