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Old 02-03-2003, 04:23 PM
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ok i'm new to the rodding community but i have a fair background with engines and drivetrains. i want to make a career move into the automotive tech field with further study into suspension set-up/design, and high performance engines. i've been scouting around for a good school other than my local community college or university. two schools that i've found are WYOTECH in Larime WY and UTI in Chicago IL. i would like your opinions about these or any other schools that i should look at. thanks.

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Years ago machine shops would hire apprentices to learn the trade by working in the shops and they got paid. The apprentice would also be required to attend classes in the community colleges. The apprenticeship were usually four or five years long but after sucessfully completing the course, you'd be a journeyman machinist. Check in your area and see if there's a shop offering that. Good luck.
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My best advice to you is to completely check out the school you are going to attend, and ask former students about the school, and find out what they are doing now. Talk to the instructors, look the facility over well, and maybe even ask to hang out in some classes for a day or two. I'm sure UTI and WyoTech are good schools, but they are there to make money, so be very, very microscopic in your search. I went to a Tech school that had an instructor who could barely read, it was a waste of two years of my life.
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Check out Northwestern University in Lima Ohio.
My son just graduated from there last year and got a good job in L.A.,Ca.(STOPTECH BRAKES).
Two of his friends got jobs on(CRUZ PEDREGON& JOHNNY GRAY) funny car teams.Another one works for Murf McKinny chassis.
These are all good kids with good attitudes, and are good workers.Not *****ers and grippers and by the way I'm not going to be here tommorro, it's my birthday type.
You also get a REAL DEGREE not just a certificate.
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You might want to check into those community colleges. The one around here has an ASE certified program, and the classes are easier to work into a schedule.

Hey HotRod what part of Michigan are you from? (too bad you canít point to a spot on your hand on line)

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A buddy of mine that I went to school with went to Northwestern in Lima...He now works on Bill Elliott's pit crew.
I checked out WY Tech and UTI in Arizona...They do NOT guarentee(whatever) you a job after graduation and you do Not get a degree. What they do is point you in the right direction to get a job after school. Also don't believe their pay scale...I would like to get paid what they say you would get paid, but it doesn't happen like that, every area/town/etc is different.
Pesonally I would try the local shops first. Whatever you decide...Good Luck.
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[quote]i want to make a career move into the automotive tech field with further study into suspension set-up/design, and high performance engines.<hr></blockquote>

If this is what you want, you will need to try for an engineering degree. A community college will get you started and you can take electives in automotive repair also.

If you just want to be a tech, check with your local new car dealerships. They offer apprenticeships and the factory schooling is usually paid for by the dealer.
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i went from reno nev. all the way to okmulgee okla. just to go to the best elect. school in the world. when i got out i pretty much discovered there were a zillion other good trade schools in california a million times closer to home. so before you run off somewhere out of state i would definitely check out the schools in state. if you are poor and want to go to job corps, after you complete some other trade you can transfer to the utah job corps where there is a complete automotive school run by the UAW you can specialize or not, all free.
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Hey Hotrod, my oldest just graduated from there last spring. We only live about 20 miles south of Lima. He works for a local Chrysler dealership. I'ts a good school. Kids come from all states and even some foriegn countries to go there. Made it easy on me. He could live at home and save living expenses.
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