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Old 07-13-2014, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Cabin Creek
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but I can do it in one day, and if I have to wait a day I can stay with my Sister down just out of SLC she actually less then 10 blocks from Gillette Diesel
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Old 07-13-2014, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Aiea, Hawaii
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definitely cool - thus a better place to love

Laid back (I have never heard that term applied to Laramie)


1) I would do some serious research on school of choice. I researched automotive trade schools for a friend this yr. I was not impressed with findings. Not like 20 yrs ago, when a trade school was 1/4 - 1/3 College costs, and post-grad earnings similar to 4 yr grad. Costs have gone WAY up and earnings not kept pace.

2) do career research! Do you REALLY need / want to do a trade school (Seems 'for-profit trade schools have 'feeder stock' from HS and jr colleges... the perpetual Education thing...) I served an apprenticeship for a skilled trade, company payed 100% for my school, and I got fulltime wages while schooling and employment following. Apprenticeships are not fun, but a great way to learn WELL. Trade school (or any school) can turn out a degree / certificate, but the recipient may not able to deliver on the shop floor.

3) Do placement / longevity research. My renter was placed in a good job after Wyo-Tech, but it was not suited for him (training was not adequate). He has been bust'n engines, tires, and busting tail to pay off HIGH debt. He holds 3 jobs now. Advantage...is... no time for girlfriend = no need to spend ur dough on a doe. (More can go to cover debt.).

Think about it...
Be sure you have sweat in the trade a couple yrs BEFORE going to trade school, and that you are paying for it with 100% your dough, or a company is paying. You will get a lot more out of it.

Spend time / employment in your chosen specialty. You may find out you can't stand it, or can't do it. (Physical issues including allergies and stress.

Get some certs on the job, BEFORE you head to class.

No amount of Education can count as experience in a skilled trade. You gotta prove your mettle on the ground. After you get that first job... all the following are based on your WORK experience and referrals. If you don't hack it in that first job,,,, or choose to leave.. your trade school is pretty wasted.

This... prove mettle - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
You gotta make more money FOR your employer than what you cost him... or you are of NO VALUE. (to him). This is a tough pill to swallow. The standard shop rates do not have much 'slack-time', so you better be GOOD!.
YMMV
Really good point StealthRabbit

I drove F-750 work Plumbing supply trucks for a supply wholesaler in 1979 to 1980 in Los Angeles. My goal at the time was to find a job, (with one of the plumbing companies we sold supplies to) as a Laborer, and work up to apprenticeship. Ultimate goal becoming a pipe fitter. But got laid off during the building recession in California. Went in the Navy spent 21 years.
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:54 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Just getting a Bosch injection pump worked on is a trip for me ,,, some pickup and trucks with a Cummins use the same pump.
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Possibly a Bosch VE, (early Cummins / 4BT's and a ZILLION VW Diesels.)

OP might want to become an IJ pump repair person (PLENTY of work from my experience). $12 for a seal kit and $300 labor + other parts... and finished in <2 hrs.
I have done a few myself, but certainly not a pro, nor fast.

The shops claim the 'calibrated pump test stands' are mighty expensive. I rigged up my metal Lathe for testing various pumps, but it is no 'calibration' stand. I meter into beakers and can do different RPM and pressures, so I'm getting a 'rough' setting. Good enough for my stuff.

Laramie is plenty nice for a couple yrs... But I would do university rather than Wyotech. The U is well respected in many majors and VERY cheap!!! as universities go....
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Old 07-15-2014, 01:50 PM
 
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So overall Wyoming is a laid back nice peaceful town? No need to worry
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Old 07-15-2014, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Cabin Creek
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So overall Wyoming is a laid back nice peaceful town? No need to worry
yup Quick Draw Ed Cantrell died last week.
Quickdraw lawman Ed Cantrell dies
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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So overall Wyoming is a laid back nice peaceful town? No need to worry
Laramie is a college town, with its usual bit or rowdiness. Nothing special to worry about.

Only 1 murder on record between 2007 and 2012. //www.city-data.com/city/Laramie-Wyoming.html
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:11 AM
 
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Wow okay that makes me feel a lot better. Thank you for your help. I appreciate it (:
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Old 07-20-2014, 11:58 AM
 
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I really don't know too much about the world of Diesel engines, but I can help you with Laramie.

Great town. Lots to do if you like outdoor activities. Medicine Bow and Veadewoo (probably spelled wrong) are fun.

The people are very nice and an interesting mix due to Uni students and faculty.

There is only one decent sized movie theater though, that's the bad part.
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Greencastle, IN
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Be aware that as a "Techer", you are the one who will be suspect in Laramie. I'm a graduate of Wyo Tech, and worked in Laramie for a few years afterwards. When I left to move back to Indiana, I put my Chevelle in storage at Rinker's (junkyard that also stores cars). Within a couple of months, it was stripped by Techers who broke in to the lot. They went to jail, and I got some of it back, but the car ended up being given to Rinker's as I had no way to tow it back (I was going to come back and drive it home).

When I went to Wyo Tech, I lived in Centennial. Lived there for 4 years, actually. It has 100 people, 5 bars (or did), and at the time had much lower rent than Laramie. That's one of the things to research before you go.... a place to live. Because of UW, apartments are hard to find.

If you're into mountain bikes/road bikes at all, Pedal House is the best bike shop in Laramie. After 11 years of working on cars and abusing my body, that's what I do now... I own a bike shop in Indiana.
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