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About the Series

Celebrates the natural mechanical and spatial intelligences required to master a skilled trade.


Gives information about trade career requirements and options, including certifications and licenses.


Tells real-life trade success stories, across early, mid and advanced career stages.


Offers advice about resumes, interviews and the path to life-long learning, including college studies.

About the Authors


Georgian Lussier

Human Resources Consultant

M.S. Organizational Behavior

     Georgian comes from a ‘hands-on’ family; her grandfather owned a Painting and Decorating business in Kansas and her dad built a Plumbing & Heating company.

Georgian is not mechanically gifted; she needs to remember “right tight, left loose”.  This makes her especially appreciative of mechanical talents.

     Her 40-year career in Human Resources includes technical and leadership jobs in large companies before starting her own practice in 1994.  Early consulting projects focused on the aerospace industry.

     She has served many industries with specialties in pay systems, training, and organizational development.  Georgian provides resume writing services to individuals, including those in the trades. 

     Georgian developed and taught business classes through CT’s continuing education requirements for licensed plumbing contractors. She wrote articles for Contractor magazine and has two career development e-books through Get To The Point books. Other publications focus on women and midlife shifts.

     She hosts an award-winning community TV show for women and has served on several non-profit boards of directors. 


William Lussier

Building Official & Trainer

B.S. Natural Resources

     Bill holds Connecticut contractor licenses in Plumbing, Heating, Fire Protection, Sheet Metal and Solar; he is also a Building Official.  Currently he is a Trainer in a Pre-Licensure Program for the State of Connecticut.

He started as a Plumbing & Heating apprentice with his father-in-law, after earning a college degree and serving as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.  Bill also was a member of the CT Army National Guard.

     Earlier jobs included lab technician and research assistant; his mechanical skills and attention to detail made him a natural for the skilled trades. He ran the family business for seven years and taught night classes at trade schools before becoming an inspector for a municipality.  He also developed and delivered continuing education classes for licensed plumbing contractors. 

     His 20 years of inspecting building projects and decades of teaching contractors has provided him with a keen sense of what it takes to be successful in the trades.

     Community contributions include serving as an officer in state-wide trade organizations and participating in events at a local Rod & Gun Club.  An avid fisherman, Bill’s first publication was “How to Build a Better Bait Board.”

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Roxanne Amiot

Department Chair, H.S. Auto Program

B.S. Vocational Technical Education

     Roxanne is the Automotive Instructor and Department Head of the Automotive Technology program at Bullard- Havens Technical High School in Bridgeport, CT.

     While she enjoyed her auto tech program in high school, at graduation Roxanne set her sights on a degree in Psychology. Financial constraints caused her to take a fateful detour; armed with ASE certificates, she started working at a dealership.  Soon she returned to her high school as a part-time automotive instructor.

      Fast forward 30 years, and Roxanne is a nationally recognized educator in the automotive technology field.  She and her high school program have received the highest of awards, including:

  • 2019 NACAT/SEMA National Automotive Instructor of the Year

  • 2018 WIX O’Reilly Tomorrow’s Technician Auto Program of the Year

  • 2017 Harbor Freight ‘Tools for Schools’ Instructor Excellence - 2nd place

  • 2014 Rotary ‘Service Above Self’ Award

  • 2013 Bullard-Haven Technical School ‘Teacher of the Year’

  • Teaching and program awards dating back to 1995.

     Roxanne also contributed to the automotive field through a sabbatical to help other technical schools in Connecticut gain NATEF/ASE accreditations and by teaching part-time at a community college.  She recently was appointed to a state-wide CT Apprentice Education committee.

     This book is another way that Roxanne seeks to share her expertise in educating auto technicians to be ‘work ready’ and pursue life-long learning.  Her involvement with national, state and local educational programs gives her a unique perspective.

     Roxanne has a B.S. in Vocational Technical Education and is an ASE Master Technician with G1 and L1 Certification.

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