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Old 02-19-2019, 10:25 AM
 
Location: in the soup
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^^^^ What he said.

If you're about to be 18 and didn't already have an aptitude and desire for this stuff for years already... You're way behind the curve. Couple that with your "Steam car" thread and lack of knowledge regarding some very basic automotive concepts and I would say that being an auto tech is not in your future.
I forgot about the steam car

Accounting might be a better option.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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There are good tech/voc schools for it. I can't see how attending one is any different from an 18yo with his/her finger up their nose attending a 4-year school to get a degree chosen for no reason except a projection of employment and high salaries five years out.

I agree. That's what tech/voc schools are for, teaching automotive!!
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:59 PM
 
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Here I am trying to think of career choices as a soon to be 18 year old and under current family conditions don't even have money for a permit yet lol


Eventually things will change once I suppose that I get out of the family situation

Anyways, back to the topic, is still worth it becoming an auto tech? How will electric cars for that matter, impact the business?
Being honest with you, most work done in retail-branded garages are boring maintenance work - oil changes, brakes, suspension, tires - and customers are there because they HAVE to be. They're not happy.

Dealerships can handle slightly more complex problems that you can only tackle with a dealer scan tool, but much of the above still makes its way through their doors.

The real experience is working in a diesel shop that does custom work to trucks, or a performance shop for cars. So many different ideas being thrown around and your job is to make customers' dreams come true. The good part is that more customers who visit these shops understand how long this work will take, and will either drive a 2nd vehicle or have backup transportation. Thus, you will end up with an "easier to please" crowd.

You may have to start at #1, work your way up to #2, before you can work in such a shop as #3, but it's something you should reasonably expect to achieve in your 20s.
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:54 PM
 
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There are good tech/voc schools for it. I can't see how attending one is any different from an 18yo with his/her finger up their nose attending a 4-year school to get a degree chosen for no reason except a projection of employment and high salaries five years out.
People who are good at working on cars generally start out because they enjoy it and have an aptitude with working with their hands.

The difference is our intrepid OP isn't even starting at zero or a blank slate, they're literally going to have to learn EVERYTHING, in addition to first correcting the knowledge that they think they have, which is actually all wrong.

I know a little bit about working as a mech/tech, and I can tell you he's not a good fit based solely on his responses in his other threads.
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Old 02-19-2019, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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People who are good at working on cars generally start out because they enjoy it and have an aptitude with working with their hands.
I wouldn't in any way disagree that an early aptitude for something points to a good career choice. But then again, quite a few 18yo's can't tell their brass from their oboe, so choosing education and a career based on the idea that they can achieve competence is not a rare or unusual thing.

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...he's not a good fit based solely on his responses in his other threads.
I can't think of any other threads I've read but you could well be right. Still, even a master mechanic had to be told which end of a screwdriver was which, at least once.
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Old 02-19-2019, 03:58 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Carpentry or plumbing are highly desirable and better pay over time than auto tech. Auto tech can be a good paying job if you get ASE then work for a big shop but those aren't that easy to get.

You can get paid pretty good if you develop good home remodeling skills and plumbing and most guys are making 6 figure within 3-4 years of working experience doing cash jobs.
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:26 PM
 
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If I enjoyed mechanic work, I'd go into the military and specialize in diesel or aircraft mechanics. They'll even furnish the tools.
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Cars today are increasingly electronic, if you are not comfortable working with electronic devices, you would be happier in another field.
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Cars today are increasingly electronic, if you are not comfortable working with electronic devices, you would be happier in another field.
The amount of field repair done on electronic components must be close to zero. Plug in test system, ID dead component, swap black box, sign off on RO.
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:47 PM
 
Location: in the soup
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The amount of field repair done on electronic components must be close to zero. Plug in test system, ID dead component, swap black box, sign off on RO.
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