just a random question, is it possible to become a mechanic without going to school for it
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.Originally Posted by CASH CURES A.D.D
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.
Last edited by CASH CURES A.D.D; 10-02-2012 at 06:08 PM.
I'd be down for loosing a few pounds. As long as I get water.Originally Posted by winstonsmith84
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.
Last edited by Quattro Krant; 10-13-2012 at 09:26 PM.
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.
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 PepsiFiend69; 10-24-2012 at 08:34 PM.
I started in detail. Spent 10 months there, showed them I wasn't a complete dumbass. Now I've been a VW tech for a year +. No schooling or formal training. Next year I get sent to the Volkswagen Academy to get factory training. Pretty excited Either you're cut out for it our you're not. After all, it is just bolts and wiring...
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Listen to Quattro and if you decide to do it anyway, then at the very least stay far far away from VW. For some reason VW thinks the Nazi's won the war and that forced labor camps are a fine way to treat their technicians. Oh and the best part about being a tech? The better you are, the harder they **** you up the ass. If you do go into the field make damn sure you don't do a great job, just do well enough not to get yelled at, otherwise you'll get all of the "C\S Vehicle makes a noise when making a right hand turn on so and so street, while doing 23.4 mph, not signaling, when the outside temperature is 43.1 F, and it is 6:05 PM".
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Quattro is right, But i dont try and work on side jobs as it will kill my passion for cars just so i can earn a few extra bucks. If i do side jobs i try to sneek it in my dealer so they wont notice has to be the same make otherwise i will not work on it. Working for a dealer is pretty easy, a few people i know started with no school and make damn good money. If you have common sense and know what your doing you can catch on quick. This year is my best year and i doubt i will make more if anything less next year, for some reason every week i've been getting 95+ hours a week for 3-4 months, only work 5 days a week and stay late once in a while...
Long story short i wish everyday i went to school for something else, This job you max out fast, benefits suck big time, hard on your body, they treat you like crap at time.
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