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Old 01-01-2005, 10:53 AM
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going to a mechanic school

I am considering going to an automotive tech school but I dont have a lot of knowledge or experience in this feild. wondering if schools have some sort of a standard to the level they teach at or if they would take an inexperienced person like me.
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Old 01-01-2005, 11:00 AM
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Have you considered a vocational school for starting out? With that you could see how much knowledge you actually have and whether you actually want to pursue that avenue or not. Don't take me wrong I'm not trying to dissuade you just tossing out a suggestion.
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Old 01-01-2005, 01:59 PM
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in my youth

I wanted to be a car mechanic. I applied to trade school. They had 120 ppl apply and 20 seats. I ended up becoming a power engineer. There was only 12 apply for the 20 seats.

I went to a garage a few years later to get a new exhaust on my car. It was in a terrible snow storm. The mechanic was under my car installing the exhaust and snow, slush, water, and salt was raining down on him. That was when I was thankful I didn't become a car mechanic. If you enjoy working on cars. Do it as a hobby.

I am sitting here at work right now writing this in a nice warm office and I am earning twice what a mechanic makes.
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Old 01-01-2005, 02:35 PM
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i became a deisel mech. after i failed to get a job as a machinist,and have never been without a job when i wanted one.to choose between the two i would say go to deisel mechanic school if you want to be a mechanic. i ve worked on everthing from three wheelers to 3 million dollar cranes,also worked at a car dealership for about 3 years.trust me deisels are a lot easer to work on just heavier.04' i made over 70,000$ plus what i made on the side.i agree with bracketeer stay away from the manual labor part of mechanicing get your education in managment like parts manager or somthing unless greese runs thru your veins. its fun being able to build your own hot rod and tune twin carbs or build a turbo charged 454 for a 67'chevele,but do it as a hobby.if you have to work on cars for a living it gets old after awile.i have 4 years schooling as a machinist,have a degree in welding, so i can build some pretty cool stuff,but if i had to do it every day i wouldn't want to do it when i got home from work.i would rather take a hotoil enima than to work on my own cars.lol
well thats my too cents.
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Old 01-01-2005, 03:54 PM
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I started right out of high school at a 2 year college in an automotive program with no trade school experience. Continued my education with a BS degree in automotive and ended up with a professional career with an auto manufacturer. Now I use my technical knowledge a little at work and a lot with my street rod building hobby.

Guess my point is for you to study something you are interested and passionate about, the career will come to you.

Enjoy the journey.
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