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Old 10-10-2006, 06:56 PM
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seeking some help/opinions

I've been contemplating career paths recently. Currently im a college student,havent decided on a major but leaning towards History, but im also interested in auto body and sheet metal fab. The community college in my area offers some auto body classes I could take and that seems like a good way to get started. My biggest concern is whether or not the industry will be around long enough and provide for a lasting career. Input from any and all would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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all i can say is as long as there are cars on the road , there will be recks to fix
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Thanks for your reply. I totally understand what you are saying and maybe my question had an obvious answer because I didnt really word it properly. What I meant by the industry not being around long enough, I was refering to hot rod shops. With crazy gas prices, decrease in supply of oil, and the inevitable change to some sort of alternative energy where does that leave the hot rod and custom car builders? Maybe my concerns are just stupid thinking on my part. I'd just like to know if there is much of a future for anyone wishing to have a career in the hot rod fabrication business. Once again thanks for responding.
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Career path...

Just made that leap, MD. Gotta believe we're here to stay. Just like any other business, you've got to have a unique market advantage. A good statement to remember:

A GOOD job FAST won't be CHEAP
A FAST job CHEAP won't be GOOD
A CHEAP job GOOD won't be FAST

In other words, you either compete by price or quality or turnaround or specialty, or some combo thereof. If you are good, and provide good customer service, and are a man of your word, the work will be there.

Very easy to envision yourself getting the basic training & then doing a lot more detailed training once you get rolling. That time will never manifest itself; I promise. That's why good tech colleges can promise you can audit the course for free in the future - nobody has the time.

I attended WyoTech in Laramie, WY & can personally speak to the awesome training provided by their Auto Body courses, as well as the Street Rod & Auto Custom course, which is very intensive & well worth the $$$$.

For more opinion, check out the newstand. Lots of articles in the last 2 months about the boom in musclecars and hot rods and all custom vehicles and aftermarket. For more realistic stats, become a SEMA member & read on the trends in their detailed reports. Heck, just look at the growth of the high-end auction market. Don't want to tell you what a booth at Barrett-Jackson cost me for January...

Best of luck. Do it once and do it right. 110% or don't bother. Take care.

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its not like we are going to switch overnight to some form of teleportation... you should be sure though that automotive is what you want to do... but yes... if you want to do that then its a pretty good industry as long as yer not hoping to become a highly paid tech overnight... i have been in autobody for 4 years and spent two of those working as a detailer and body shop apprentice... which doesnt pay all that well...

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