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Old 03-19-2004, 12:32 PM
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Hello, I'm a beginner when it comes to hotrodding but I really enjoy learning how t to work on my 66 Comet. As a college student I've been looking for jobs but unfortunately I don't have the experience to find a job in my area that is worthwhile or pays. Anyways, I was thinking about the possibility of actually learning to do vehicle repair and becoming certified. I'm assuming this is a crazy idea since I don't plan on following this as a career but as a way to build job experience and make money for the remainder of undergrad and graduate school. Could anyone tell me what is entailed in what I'm tossing around so I could be realistic. (ie time, costs, how to, etc.)

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I don't think that you realize that a certified auto mechanic is much more complicated than it used to be.

Sometimes, I would think its easier to become a doctor......well, not really.

Take it up as a hobby, and be happy with that.
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There isn't any money there.

See if you can find a Commercial/Industrial electrical shop that needs work. You should be able to start at around $10 to $15 an hour, depending on what area you are in.
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Old 03-19-2004, 10:28 PM
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i third that motion. i used to love working on cars but now that it is a job its just like doing dishes.
sad but true.
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I totally understand that, anything you do is a job is still that no matter how enjoyable it is as a hobby. But I'd perform a job that allows me to learn and actually earn a decent wage. Of course, this means that I need some type of qualification... Not easy for a geology/ pre law student. Someone recommended working in a body shop but I dont know how to get started on that. Thanks for the suggestions so far, I'll keep thinking.
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Well there is money there if your good and work you arse off. Believe this or not my boss has made over 100K turning wrenchs.

Its not a WHOLE lot but its still not bad.
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If you got a decent boss in a small auto body shop,after about a year you may be able to paint a few cars for people,but you will kill your lungs quick if not protected.
you will spend a lot of time learning mechanical,and you will be responsible for the result if you screw up.
I'm not sure about the u.s.,but in canada by the time you finish and are a liscensed mechanic it's three years of school and 4 years practical, did someons say doctor??
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first off if you are trying to make money , it won't happen easily exspecially if you don't plan on doing it professionally.
first off tool cost, cheaper tools work for your own stuff when spped is not as important but buying tools a couple hundred here and there for basice good quality tools adds up way to fast. then if you do it on the side, where are you gonna do it and if you are still learning it would almost be impossible unless all you do is very minor stuff as you will not have the needed information like all data or mitchellon demand then where are you gonna do it at??
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Most average mechanics have $5,000-$10,000 rapped up into tools.

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hmm well my box was about 5k and total i have over 15k and i am 24 and still buying new tools all the time as i don't have a lot of stuff I have seen guys with over 100k worth
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Actually I wasn't too worried about tools. If there is anything I'm not short on its tools. I wasn't expecting to start my own shop or anything, I was looking to get some practical experience where I could do minor technical work for a shop and make 10-15 bucks an hr. Keep in mind, where I'm located, average wages for unskilled is around 8 bucks an hour. Thanks for the suggestions, I'm gonna stick to being a laborer.
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a years worth of Wyo-tech (not cheap) got me 5 years in a body shop ..... which is why i never liked working on my cars ... lol ...

now im in sales... i sell cleaning systems at a fat commision ... and all my training is just for a hobby now ... for me ... imho ... its cool .... i got some sweet training and now i dont mind attempting anything on a car, but as far as INTENTIONLY spending the money just for a hobby ... DONT !
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