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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)14:45 UTC+1 No.10737934 Report

How do I become a mechanic?
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Falcunt 07/23/14(Wed)14:48 UTC+1 No.10737944 Report

>>10737934
Go to college
???
Work on your own car
???
Mechanic
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GuywithaSTi 07/23/14(Wed)14:49 UTC+1 No.10737947 Report

>>10737934
Dedicate your life to changing oil and filling up tires for old women.
>also
Better know some shitty soft rock stations to blast in your work area.
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Falcunt 07/23/14(Wed)14:50 UTC+1 No.10737952 Report

>>10737947
>mfw i am glad i went into IT instead
i love cars but no way i would fix up other retards shitboxes.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)14:52 UTC+1 No.10737959 Report

>>10737934
Not studying hard enough to be an engineer and thinking for a few years that cars are cool.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)14:53 UTC+1 No.10737964 Report

>>10737934
I don't know about where you live but autobody has more money in it than most mechanic jobs said truth
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)14:55 UTC+1 No.10737971 Report

>>10737964
My friend actually got a job in a collision shop, and said he'll try and get me a job there. Maybe I should do that.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:01 UTC+1 No.10737993 Report

>>10737971
You'll start really low on the totem pole, most places will pay you like absolute shit because you won't be fixing cars for months up to a year. So you're basically a shop bitch. It's very boring, l worked at my dads shop and while I learned a lot, enough to work on my own car and continue learning, I wouldn't want to do it as a career choice.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:06 UTC+1 No.10738007 Report

>>10737947
who are you quoting?
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:08 UTC+1 No.10738015 Report

>>10737993
I make 10 an hour now and that's what my friend made when he started as shop bitch. I like cars, I figure I should have a career in the field but I don't know what.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:30 UTC+1 No.10738061 Report

>>10737964
auto body tech at work here, no. you won't make a lot of money unless your a painter or in a high production shop busting your ads, you also have to be really good at your job. it's not something you pick up, you have to go to school for it or learn while your young.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:34 UTC+1 No.10738074 Report

>>10737934
1. Buy a 150pc set of "tools" from harbor frieght

2. Tell people you are a mechanic

3. Look under the hood of a car

4. unbolt stuff

5. bolt stuff back together

6. Tell the owner it needs to go to a specialist

7. charge 70 bucks

you are a mechanic
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guywithasti 07/23/14(Wed)15:34 UTC+1 No.10738075 Report

>>10738015
>hobby=/=job
seriously bad idea. the only thing I could think about doing as a job is maybe being a bicycle mechanic because it isnt tedious hours of messing about inside the bell housing or something.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:35 UTC+1 No.10738078 Report

>>10737952
I wish I'd become a mechanic instead of going to IT. Sure, I'd hate it but at least I might have a chance of getting a job someday.
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falcunt 07/23/14(Wed)15:38 UTC+1 No.10738086 Report

>>10738078
Welp
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:42 UTC+1 No.10738098 Report

>>10738075
this is such a stupid ass argument that I hear on this board every time this thread comes up.

NO ONE likes working. and if they do it's in something they would consider their HOBBY.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:43 UTC+1 No.10738103 Report

>>10738098
im a helicopter pilot and i LOVE working
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:44 UTC+1 No.10738108 Report

>>10738098
"Do something you love, and you'll never work a day in your life"
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:46 UTC+1 No.10738114 Report

>>10738108
It's a nice idea until you bring in other people. And as a mechanic you're going to be dealing with every entitled, uppity retard the public can throw at you.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:46 UTC+1 No.10738116 Report

>>10738103
DUDE don't you know ANYTHING? if you LOVE flying than don't make it your JOB!!! hobby =/= job, right??? ur gonna get burned out!11
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:48 UTC+1 No.10738127 Report

>>10738114
>you're going to be dealing with every entitled, uppity retard the public can throw at you.

Thats basically any job
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:48 UTC+1 No.10738128 Report

>>10738103
>>10738103

I'm only a flight instructor right now, but I still love going to work...it doesn't get much better then having your office in the sky.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:49 UTC+1 No.10738133 Report

>>10738127
Yes, and they will ruin your love for whatever they're coming to you about.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:49 UTC+1 No.10738135 Report

>>10738114
>implying im not doing this everyday already.

I don't fault them for being retarded, I laugh at them.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:50 UTC+1 No.10738139 Report

like computer programming? better not make it your job!

like driving? better not be a race car driver!

like hiking? definitely under no circumstances become a forestry engineer.

like robotics or r/c equipment? are you crazy, you better not even THINK of becoming a mechanical/electrical/robotics engineer.

like working on cars? better not be a mechanic you nutjob!
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:51 UTC+1 No.10738141 Report

>>10738128
>I'm only a flight instructor right now
yah same here, i'll be at the 1k mark soon though and hopefully i can get picked up to do tours in alaska, that would be incredible.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:52 UTC+1 No.10738146 Report

>>10738139
But why though
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:53 UTC+1 No.10738155 Report

>>10738146
i was being sarcastic friend :^)

i was parodying the typical response to these threads :^)
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:53 UTC+1 No.10738156 Report

>>10738139
Engineering is more okay, since you're going to be dealing with mostly other engineers and at least people who know their shit.
Mechanics are totally public-facing unless you're dealing with semis, there's no filter, you're just getting everything fucking mong who doesn't know cars don't run on magic.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:56 UTC+1 No.10738168 Report

>>10738155
Oh boy now I like you <33
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:57 UTC+1 No.10738170 Report

>>10738139

any of those except for automotive mechanic would be a great choice if you loved that field...

You can use the money you'll make in that field to fund your love for wrenchin on cars, then not have to put up with stupid people and their car problems.

Find something wrong with getting to fly over gorgeous country giving out tours, or getting to travel the world for 10 days, then having a month off and getting paid six figures.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)15:57 UTC+1 No.10738172 Report

>>10738156
Depends on your shop honestly. Most shops the service adviser is the one who gets buttfucked by the stupid customer
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)16:00 UTC+1 No.10738184 Report

>>10738155
Actually, trying to do a hobby for work usually end's said hobby.

I like the satisfaction I get from working on my vehicles, because they are MY OWN vehicles.
I get the benefit of the work done, not some other douche.
Helping a nigger out who isn't as skilled as yourself, is also satisfying.
When money changes hands for a hobby, it's no longer a hobby.
I could be a mechanic, but honestly I'd rather just keep that skill for myself.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)16:01 UTC+1 No.10738185 Report

>>10738061
Ya my dads a painter at an autobody place he's doing well for himself $32/hr. He's been in the business for 20 years though. He started pretty low I remember.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)16:03 UTC+1 No.10738192 Report

It's really hard work. Most mechanics I know that have been in the industry are so jaded on working on other peoples cars. Doing the same thing every day for the rest of your life is boring. If you really want to be a mechanic, don't do it at some basic repair shop or a dealership, try and get some experience at one of those places, sure, but eventually try and move to something where you get into more interesting projects. A speed shop or a tuning shop is better suited to an enthusiast. The guys at the local APR tuning shop that I know seem to love their jobs way more than the guys at the Audi, Subaru, and Nissan dealerships that I know. Don't get stuck fixing granny's tranny.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)16:05 UTC+1 No.10738200 Report

>>10738192
I've always thought a speed shop would be an awesome job. I just never really knew where to start in order to get a job in one. Hmmmmm.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)16:07 UTC+1 No.10738207 Report

Working as a tech seems to be very polarizing. I know people who love it and have been doing it for years and people who hate it.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)16:07 UTC+1 No.10738208 Report

>>10738192
Man Audi/Volkswagen dealership pay their mechanics in food stamps. After all the vocational training with CEGEP and shit they want you to start at $15/hr it's fucking horrible.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)16:08 UTC+1 No.10738209 Report

>>10738156
That's like every job.. now we're debating whether or not you want a job dealing with people and we've shifted away from the original debate which was that for some reason, when talking about mechanics specifically, people always say "don't make your hobby your job!" even though making your hobby your job is exactly what we've been told to aim for. If your hobby is making shitty cars run again then being a mechanic is probably the easiest way for you to make a living without wondering if you should just drive off the edge of bridge everyday on your way home.

I love working on specifically race cars, and if I could be a mechanic or an engineer at a race shop or on a race crew I'd be fucking psyched. And I don't think it would retract at all from my interest in building my own track cars.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)16:12 UTC+1 No.10738226 Report

>>10737934

Learn how an internal combustion engine works and start wrenching on your own car. It's a fun hobby, but a shit job.

Besides, electric cars are the future, and less mechanics will be employed.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)16:13 UTC+1 No.10738229 Report

Op here. Thanks for all the input guys, I'm really just trying to figure out what I want to go to school for/ make my career. Anything involving speed/ performance seems super interesting to me. I guess I should go to a trade school for basic mechanics, get a job in a shop, then find my way into a speed shop?
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)16:31 UTC+1 No.10738292 Report

>>10738229
yeah, try to make connections at tracks or events if you want to get into a speed/tuning shop. there's also a lot of independent make specific shops, like bmw only or w/e, that do some tuning and usually have a more knowledgeable, or at least better, customer demographic. If I was a mechanic I could really only see myself working at an independent bmw shop or a tuning shop.

It's a labor job, you're not gonna get rich outside of opening your own shop which is always possibility later in life or becoming a service manager for Mercedes or Porsche or something. I kind of look at it like construction in that way. But, construction has better initial pay. but, yeah, all you can do is try it out and see if it fits for you, goodluck.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)17:18 UTC+1 No.10738484 Report

>>10738208
tfw I make 15 an hour doing entry level landscaping
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toytech1 07/23/14(Wed)18:18 UTC+1 No.10738769 Report

Can't say I recommend being an auto tech anymore. If you love cars now, you will learn to not give a shit about them pretty quickly. Working on 100% commission is a tough way to make a living. There are only "X" number of hours in a day so you will always be limited to how much you can earn based on the number of hours you are willing to put in. It's getting harder and harder to keep up with the changing technology and unless you specialize in 1 or 2 manufacturers, it's almost impossible to keep up. I spend 2-3 weeks a year at Toyota school in addition to monthly online training I have to complete and it's still a chore to know enough. For the last 2 years I have done very little but recalls and the labor times for recalls are not that great. This all ignores the huge tool investment a technician has to make in order to earn a living. I probably have over 40K invested in tools and those were purchased long ago. Prices now are a LOT higher. My wages have been flat for almost 10 years. I arrived at the top of the salary pool for Masters about 25 years ago and I can't make any more. I'm already in a large market and I make about all I'll ever make. The salaries for Master Techs are pretty much set by your market and I'm at the top of my market with no where to go.

Also, the older you get, the harder it gets physically. Two of my fellow techs had heart attacks at work and one of them died. He was only 55. Being an auto technician is a young man's job and one you get good enough to make a decent living, your peak earning years are very short compared to other careers.

I really can't recommend it anymore.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)18:31 UTC+1 No.10738837 Report

>>10737934

You need to take your mechanic pills twice a day.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)18:36 UTC+1 No.10738865 Report

>>10738769
Best tip in the thread. Kill people until you work in oil and gas. Then learn mechanics when you're not on the rig. Then build epic streetcars that you can afford to fuel.

Mechanics is one of the shittest, lowest paid trades out there
>Source: Nine years trade
And now I'm doing uni online because I want a job that doesn't suck.
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Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)23:28 UTC+1 No.10740393 Report

>>10738769
>>10738865

I concur with both the above, I actually trained in IT and got a degree, but not wanting to sit on my arse all day I got a job as a mechanic.

It wrecks your joints, like your knees etc, fingers are so calloused and scarred I can barely feel the screws i'm putting back into the laptops I repair in my spare time.

And having the knowledge and skill to repair all those nice cars you'll never be able to afford.
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