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      08-21-2012 08:27 PM #1
      just a random question, is it possible to become a mechanic without going to school for it
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      IMO the best place for mounting a euro plate is in the trash.

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      08-21-2012 08:38 PM #2
      Yes , be at the right place and time. Where I work they just hired a girl about 2 months ago who didn't know anything about cars.

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      08-21-2012 09:15 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by FNG21222 View Post
      Yes , be at the right place and time. Where I work they just hired a girl about 2 months ago who didn't know anything about cars.

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      i work at a dealer now as a new car detailer. im gonna to ask if i can start doing simple stuff to the cars
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      IMO the best place for mounting a euro plate is in the trash.

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      08-21-2012 09:40 PM #4
      Worst they can say is no. I work at a Mercedes dealer and we have 1 guy who came from our car wash and detail shop.

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      08-21-2012 10:02 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by FNG21222 View Post
      Worst they can say is no. I work at a Mercedes dealer and we have 1 guy who came from our car wash and detail shop.

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      your right, doesnt hurt to ask
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      IMO the best place for mounting a euro plate is in the trash.

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      08-21-2012 10:20 PM #6
      Good luck.

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      09-23-2012 08:05 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by hussdog426 View Post
      just a random question, is it possible to become a mechanic without going to school for it
      Working on cars SUCKS. Become a sewer technician or dog food sampler before thinking of being a mechanic.

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      09-23-2012 08:38 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Quattro Krant View Post
      Working on cars SUCKS. Become a sewer technician or dog food sampler before thinking of being a mechanic.
      i like working on cars, though
      Quote Originally Posted by johnnyR32 View Post
      IMO the best place for mounting a euro plate is in the trash.

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      09-23-2012 10:45 PM #9
      So did you try for the position ?

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      09-24-2012 01:36 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by FNG21222 View Post
      So did you try for the position ?

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      I did, but they aren't looking for any more mechanics at the moment. They said when a mechanic leaves is when they will consider me
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      IMO the best place for mounting a euro plate is in the trash.

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      09-24-2012 01:57 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by hussdog426 View Post
      i like working on cars, though
      No, you don't. And them saying they aren't looking for anymore techs is a blessing in disguise

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      10-01-2012 01:08 AM #12
      I worked on my car today--and that got pretty old after a couple hours.

      I can't imagine working on cars 5 days a week for 10, 20, 30 years.

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      10-02-2012 03:12 PM #13
      apply to jiffylube,mavis,firestone,monroes,sts or some comanys like that, its a start where they hire people and teach them stuff,but to really learn u have to be hands on yourself and do alot of reading, plus since ur in new jersey u should go to u.t.i

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      10-02-2012 03:33 PM #14
      also i you can go to mechanic shops or even body shops and be a helper and work ur way up to gain ur knowledge quicker

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      10-02-2012 05:51 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by genjy View Post
      I worked on my car today--and that got pretty old after a couple hours.

      I can't imagine working on cars 5 days a week for 10, 20, 30 years.
      Ever meet a tech over the age of 35 who isn't completly miserable?

      Quote Originally Posted by CASH CURES A.D.D
      apply to jiffylube,mavis,firestone,monroes,sts or some comanys like that, its a start where they hire people and teach them stuff,but to really learn u have to be hands on yourself and do alot of reading, plus since ur in new jersey u should go to u.t.i
      Really? F'ING REALLY????????? The places you listed SUCK SO MUCH. They have complete retards working there who need instructions on the proper technique for breathing. I can not think of a worse place to start then the places you listed.

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      10-02-2012 06:04 PM #16
      well its a start and thats what i did, and i did side jobs to make more money,and i gained more experience,so i can get a better job and get paid more i dont see what the problem is. and i never met a unhappy 35 year old tech..because all the techs ive meet in my life from working in dealers are making money. the key is do sides jobs,because in the dealership world if ur advisor sucks and he or she cant sell squat, then u are not making money.
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    17. 10-03-2012 07:20 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by hussdog426 View Post
      i like working on cars, though
      You won't after about a month. I was a mechanic for a few years. I suppose if it came down to starving and turning wrenches again, I'd do it but it would be a tough choice.

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      10-04-2012 07:33 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by CASH CURES A.D.D View Post
      the key is do sides jobs,because in the dealership world if ur advisor sucks and he or she cant sell squat, then u are not making money.
      Just what I want to do after working on cars all day at work is work on them at home as "side jobs."And "side jobs=" broke ass kids who can't pay for $hit and have no money and want "pay" you in a). beer b). pizza SWEET! Sign me up

      Quote Originally Posted by winstonsmith84
      You won't after about a month. I was a mechanic for a few years. I suppose if it came down to starving and turning wrenches again, I'd do it but it would be a tough choice.
      I'd be down for loosing a few pounds. As long as I get water.

    19. 10-13-2012 10:48 AM #19
      yes, it's possible, i started without training.
      like any other job, some people truly have talent and passion for it, others don't.
      i've met several unhappy techs, if it's just a job it's a miserable one.
      if it's the way you most like to spend your time it is a very satisfying and fun line of work.
      find a shop that will give you a chance and try it, if you love it, GO TO SCHOOL in order to advance your career quickly to your ideal position.
      good luck!

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      10-13-2012 09:23 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by vdubfixer View Post
      find a shop that will give you a chance and try it, if you love it, GO TO SCHOOL in order to advance your career quickly to your ideal position.
      good luck!
      Yes! Go spend thousands of dollars in school to start out making $9/hour and need thousands of dollars worth of tools! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, OP, being a tech is about more then putting fggt ait ride on sweet VW's. I highly suggest you look into a better career choice. McDonalds/Burger King/street cleaner/ditch digger/anything other then a mechanic.
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      10-14-2012 01:50 AM #21
      quattro dude is mad as **** lmao

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      10-14-2012 02:57 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by CASH CURES A.D.D View Post
      quattro dude is mad as **** lmao
      He is, all you got to do is give a simple answer, not a whole damn story behind it
      Quote Originally Posted by johnnyR32 View Post
      IMO the best place for mounting a euro plate is in the trash.

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      10-14-2012 10:52 AM #23
      lol

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      10-24-2012 08:47 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by hussdog426 View Post
      He is, all you got to do is give a simple answer, not a whole damn story behind it
      Dude, I'm trying to save you from deciding to work on cars. CARS SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I once enjoyed cars and thought they were cool and fun and modifying them was where it's at. Then, I went into business for myself selling cars. Now nothing would bring me greater joy then crushing every car on the planet with a 60 ton bulldozer. You think that because you and all your dude bro friends think air ride is sweet and working on each others cars is fun, that you want to be a tech? I can not stress enough just how much cars suck and how much working on them sucks. What is the extent of your automotive ability? Putting brakes on?

      But, I'm an a$$hole, so don't take my advice, become a mechanic, and see how awesome it is. You can email me when you realize I was right. I predict it will be right about the time you spent $xx,xxx on tools and realized you are going to start out at $9/hr at Firestone/Mr Lube because no dealer is going to hire a tech without $xx,xxx in schooling, plus $xx,xxx in tools. Enjoy.

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      10-24-2012 08:21 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Quattro Krant View Post
      Working on cars SUCKS. Become a sewer technician or dog food sampler before thinking of being a mechanic.
      This. Absolutely this.

      Working on cars all day sucks.

      So you really enjoy working on your own car and maybe your friends car everyonce and awhile.

      The field is horrible. Do yourself a favor and don't make the same mistake I did and don't make your hobby a job.

      We are extremely overworked, underpaid group.

      Compare it to a doctor, you have a complicated medical problem, okay you go to the doctor, try a medicine, treatment etc.. Doesn't work, doctor consults a second opinion, tries something else. Try that in the automotive field, diagnose a problem incorrectly, doesn't fix it,customers pissed, writer/managers pissed, and guess what, you get to figure it out/re diagnose it for free.

      Think you're gonna make a ton of money? Nothing's more frustrating than fixing everyone else's car all day and barely being able to afford fix your own. Or how about the day the snap-on guy comes and takes $100. Weekly.

      And flat rate... Oh god. Don't even get me started. No work? Tough break. Spend 4 hours diagnosing a complex problem and writer calls the customer and they don't even want to fix it because its too expensive? Oh that sucks for you, pull it out!

      I mean sure, there are people that are extremely talented and can make Good money doing it. But it takes years to master every aspect of it and not lose your ass from time to time.

      All I'm saying is give it some serious thought before considering it. It's a make or break field, you either have it or you don't. You're either really good at it or your changing tires and oil the rest of your life.

      Just my two cents.
      Last edited by JoeRRR; 10-24-2012 at 08:34 PM.

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