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Old 04-20-2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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for those of you who are mechanics

i'm going to college for construction management and i hate it if i quit i will disappoint everyone in my family i love vehicles but i don't want to be poor being a mechanic for a small shop are there good paying mechanics jobs that i could either just jump into or do i need to get a degree i want to know b4 my family disowns me
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Re: for those of you who are mechanics

STAY WHERE YOU ARE AT TRUST ME!!!! there is no great paying mechanic job that you can just jump into unless you have years of shop experince, or you know someone
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Re: for those of you who are mechanics

I've worked as a professional auto tech for 8yrs. Most of it was at new car dealerships. I was able to make some good money. I biggest problem with the new car dealers are the warrentry rates.

99.9% of the shops pay 100% clock time. this means that every job you do has a set pay. (example a waterpump replacement pays 2 hours. If it takes you 1/2 hour or 6 hours, you still get paid 2 hours)

with that said the biggest thing to making money at a auto shop is to be fast and good. the reason I say good is because if it comes back and it's your fault, your working on it for free then second time.

I liked working at new car dealers because you are working on newer clean car =s that haven't been all hacked up by billy bob in his back yard. The problem is new cars hardly come to the shop with broken parts anymore. it's always this special function, or this weird thing happens once in a while. it's almost always an electronic problem.

Under warranty you get paid 0.3 an hour to diagonic the problem, and than whatever the repair itself pays. It almost always talked much more than .3 to find the problem.

what I'm trying to say is what happened to me is I became a victum of my own success. I got all hard jobs because I could get them out the fastest. while other guys in the shop got the easy jobs and were making twice as much money as me and working 1/2 as hard.

If you are going to get into that line of work find a busy indepdent shop. Most shops want to start you off as a lube or tire tech. Don't do this. It will take you much longer to move up and you won't learn crap. Try to get a gig as a techs helper. you will make more money and learn much, as well as move up quicker.

I've seen many people come to work at shops from schools like UTI and the like and they spent a lot of money and they didn't know crap. You'll never learn like you will learn from hands on in a shop.

sorry for the rant but that's my .02 cents
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Re: for those of you who are mechanics

i really appreciate your guys input it helped alot i still can't decide i don't know alot about fixing cars but everything i do know if have learned by myself i am very good at construction but i learned everything from my dad its fun working with a big crew with your buddy's but i don't want to be in a building all day doing estimates and scheduling i worked at a shop that had a small dealership (pretty much all chevy trucks) i'm really good friends still with the owner and my boss me and one other guy were the only employees i washed all the cars did some oil changes and got to help with a few other things. But one day he had me work on a car on my own he told me to take out the radiator and the thing that looks like the radiator in front of it the intake and a couple other things and that was the funest job i've ever had but i don't know if in 10 years i'll still like it as much does anyone regret working as a mechanic for a while?
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Re: for those of you who are mechanics

dont take the easy route, take the one you want... so what if you have to work a little harder for a few more years... in the end its MUCH Better than taking the easy way out now just to realize you screwed yourself over in the long run.
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If you drop out of college to become a mechanic, start taking yoga so it'll be easier to kick yourself in the nuts when you realize how big of a mistake it was.
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As Stated, Don't do it. I got into Service Advising and I am always looking for the next best way out! If I didn't already adjust to the lifestyle and pay class then I could take a hit at the bottom somewhere and get a better career. BUT I have to wait until my wife is out of school. I hate waking up for my job, everyday. These shops bring you down(emotionally) in most cases and especially since the economy is slumping!
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Re: for those of you who are mechanics

i appreciate your guys input so if i stick it out and get a job does working on your mustang on the weekends and stuff make things alot better than working on other peoples cars for a living?
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well now that I don't work on cars for a living I love working on my car on the weekend, when before I hated it. Just ask Rob I think I like working on his car more than he does.
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whos rob purevenom?
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Re: for those of you who are mechanics

working on other people's POS's is not something I would enjoy... now working on top of the line cars would be fun but it would get old~ plus they are not yours lol
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Re: for those of you who are mechanics

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As Stated, Don't do it. I got into Service Advising and I am always looking for the next best way out! If I didn't already adjust to the lifestyle and pay class then I could take a hit at the bottom somewhere and get a better career. BUT I have to wait until my wife is out of school. I hate waking up for my job, everyday. These shops bring you down(emotionally) in most cases and especially since the economy is slumping!
Hmm...I have the same problem with my job....my industry really...ready for a change. I have the same issue as you needing my current pay scale...

Although...I'm trying to get into the mechanic world as my change of pace. lol Only, I'll get into it as the owner of a shop one day.
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Hmm...I have the same problem with my job....my industry really...ready for a change. I have the same issue as you needing my current pay scale...

Although...I'm trying to get into the mechanic world as my change of pace. lol Only, I'll get into it as the owner of a shop one day.
good luck with that. i have experience runnning a shop, it sucks
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Re: for those of you who are mechanics

Yah don't it man. Stay with the college degree. I thought about doing the same thing earlier this semester. Mechanical Engineering was kicking my *** and I really didn't want to quit it (for my love of cars). But the math skills just aren't there, so I'm switching majors (business/econ/entrepreneurship). I thought about dropping out and going the same route...bad idea. To really go anywhere these days you need that degree.

Just hang in there, with that constr. manag. degree you can get a decent job...then retire and own your own auto shop.
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Hmm...I have the same problem with my job....my industry really...ready for a change. I have the same issue as you needing my current pay scale...

Although...I'm trying to get into the mechanic world as my change of pace. lol Only, I'll get into it as the owner of a shop one day.
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good luck with that. i have experience runnning a shop, it sucks
I managed a quick lube/ light mechanic shop for about 1 1/2 years(Just me and the Owner).. thats where I learned most of what I know. I loved it and would trade it everyday (Half-Time Oil and Lube Walker, La) for the 1/2 mile drive to work and ease of everything. But the pay isn't there!


Rob I have always wanted to open up a shop... If I ever won the lottery I want to buy out Benji and Wes and EXPAND TPS.. lol
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TPS is actually already planning on an addition. itS planned on being in the field behind the shop they;re currently in
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college is great if you get a real degree, not some worthless one... so dont just feed on the bs they feed you find out from real people about pay, working conditions, available jobs, etc
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Re: for those of you who are mechanics

I've read the responses.. I won't agree nor disagree with any of the other opinions in this thread, however I will give my own..

I started out going to school for a degree in auto technology.. worked at a Ford dealership for 4 years.. I enjoyed the challenges of electrical and automatic transmission diagnosis (and it is possible to make more than .3 on diagnosis, so long as you find the issue.. you can list EVERY step used to diagnose then complete and verify the repair) Though that might not be the case anymore in todays' economy, I got out before then..

If you find the right dealer, you won't get slammed with all the hard low paying work, even if you're the best at a certain area... Especially if you get 'in' with the service advisor or dispatcher.. they do their best to make sure everyone gets about the same amount of hours..

I loved the job, and I would probably still be wrenching if the shop hadn't closed down .. I considered applying around for another position, however started thinking..

There were MANY techs in my shop in their 40s, one was in his 60s.. still wrenching every day (one of his knees was shot, always walked with a limp - awesome guy.. but stuck with a mortgage and no way to retire)... in most shops, there is only so far you can advance.. You can start out making higher than average pay, but beyond that, raises, promotions etc are about nonexistent - you can become a 'specialist' or a shop foreman, but going from wrenching to management? RARE and the benefits from those positions aren't too great either

Granted some of the larger shops do have places to move to.. but openings are few and far between..

I took the opportunity to go back to school, and I've been able to put my hands on experience to work for me, now at a corporate automotive company and I love my job, going in every day... and I always feel like I'm accomplishing something..

I would say.. Being a tech is an honorable job, and you learn a LOT about cars, you gain both respect and hatred for 'em - but looking back I'm glad I didn't try and make a life-long career out of it
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Hmm...I have the same problem with my job....my industry really...ready for a change. I have the same issue as you needing my current pay scale...

Although...I'm trying to get into the mechanic world as my change of pace. lol Only, I'll get into it as the owner of a shop one day.
Well hell, after yesterday I say we get everyone together and start a Mustang Evolution speed shop lol.

To the OP, stay in school. I would look around into changing majors however. I changed my degree 5 times in 4 years. Just part of it.
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Re: for those of you who are mechanics

the job market sucks right now. stay in school.

maybe take an english class to learn to throw a few periods in your posts haha jk.

i agree with lowflyn, maybe change your major if it isnt working out. everyone i know changed their major at least once before graduation.
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I know you won't be an expert starting out in a field but since you said you "took out a radiator and the thing that looks like a radiator" you should probably stay in school. It sucks but stick it out. I have been in for 4 years and hopefully will get out next May and can not wait to be done.
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