We treat every job like it's our own. We pay attention to important details that prolong the longevity and performance of your engine. If you're building stock, performance, or heavy duty, we can do it! We want to work with you on your next project.
Being a local family - owned business gives EngineTech Machine a unique edge over the competition.
Combining years of experience and skills, we are prepared to meet the requirements of your project, whether it be 7 or 70 years old, old or new, vintage or modern.
Ron started in the Machine Shop business at 16 years old, tearing down engines and loading parts in & out of the hot tank. From there he moved to the valve bench and started cylinder head rebuilding.
In 1971, while Ron was working at Channel City Engineering and attending Santa Barbara City College, the military draft caught him. He enlisted in the Air Force and spent the next 4 years as a crew chief on A-7D jets.
After his discharge, Ron went back to Channel Cityrmal to begin an apprenticeship. On-the-job training coupled with nighttime machine shop classes took up his time for the next 4 years. After earning his Journeyman Certificate he stayed at Channel City another 3 years, before finally moving to Santa Maria in 1983.
His first stop was at Nickson's Machine, but the opportunity to own his own shop came along when he leased the shop at the Parts Depot. One of his employees at the Parts Depot Machine was a high school student named Kurt Hinkle. Kurt had a natural talent and ability in automotive work and soon had learned all aspects of the engine rebuilding trade.
Ron started Enginetech Machine in 1990 and has operated it in the same building since then with Kurt still on board (and now a partner in ownership). They turn out the high quality, precision work demanded of the trade. Ron lives in Orcutt and is married with 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
Kurt has always had oil running through his veins. He was either tinkering in the garage with his dad or helping out at Wilson Brothers Engineering.
By the age of 13, Kurt built his first complete engine - AMC 401 - solely on his own.
While attending high school and for sometime after he worked at the Parts Depot Machine Shop where he met his future business partner, Ron Terry. Kurt attended night school at Allen Hancock College where he became ASE certified.
Kurt began his career at EngineTech Machine in 1989, in 2001 he transitioned into co-owner of EngineTech Machine with Ron Terry.
Kurt lives in Orctutt, CA with his wife and 2 children.