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Is An Automotive Technician A Difficult Career

Is being a Automotive Lube Technician a difficult job?

Im a fast learner and are suspose to be training me , is it very difficult or easy to catch on ? What is all the certain tasks we do . Im only 18 and applied for a Lube Technician at Chevy dealership tryna climb the lador in the union to succeed.

Is an automotive technician a difficult career?

Well as a mechanic myself, at times it can be VERY difficult and very tiring.

Especially when it's 8am and your boss has asked you to do a gold service and timing belt on a VW Gold (bloody german engineering!) by 11am. I'm telling you, getting to the third cylinder spark plug on one of those things is a mission and a half.

It is VERY hands on. And you must always remember that what you do (or don't do, for that matter - or even what you mess up without realising) could cost the customer their life.

So basically, every time you work on a car, you could potentially kill someone if you don't keep focused ;)


It's also a very dirty job. Luckily for me, my company requires the use of latex gloves (to keep the customer's car clean.)


But as for "hard and tiring work" being a bad thing? Not so much these days. It was harder in the past without the use of hydrolic hoists and engine hoists. But I'm a chick and I handle everything perfectly fine - so it couldn't be THAT bad, could it?

As for the pay - Not sure where you're from, but in Australia, you can't just become a mechanic. Oh no, you need 3-4 years of experience as an apprentice on horrible pay before becoming qualified (and then you'll be financially ecstatic!)

In the short term, being a standard mechanic is a stable career to have. But with such technology advancing, you need to plan ahead. Studying automotive electrics is the one thing you can do to keep your career safe.

Is an automotive technician a difficult career?

ive always had a great interest in cars and stuff...i love doing a lot of hands on stuff...

just wondering is it a good career choice?
ive heard some bad things about being a mechanic like how its very hard work and can get tiring very quick.

My dream is to be signed to a record deal and tour with my band....but before i can do that i need to settle on a more stable job for a while

Is it hard to find a job as an automotive technician apprentice?

That's the problem right now is there are few starting positions and most places want 2nd year or higher apprentice with experience. Now how do you get that experience? Well starter is working in the field at a tire shop or fast lube place just so you have a little experience and then going for the apprenticeship and yes the dealer option seems to be the best. Whatever experience you can get is more than none and will probably help even if it isn't exactly what you want to start with. It is hard to get a job in the field as anyone with a job is trying to hold on to it so few are moving around. A few years ago so many dealers went out of business there was a glut of technicians available and this allowed repair shops to be able to pick and choose decent candidates for a position.

One guy I know who was in a similar position started his own business doing at home (on site) oil changes for reasonable prices in his local area. He had a minivan which he loaded with jack stands, couple of trolley jacks, milk crates for holding the fluid bottles (coolant, washer fluid, open oil etc) and such and of course the tools necessary for the job. He researched the different mfrs requirements and offered warranty compatible products to customers and the whole thing did not cost as much as some might think. He printed flyers and he did a windshield campaign as well as a mail campaign and actually got enough business in the first month to make it go. No it was not a big profit but because he did as advertised word of mouth brought him more business.

Now this is just one idea that happened to work for the person but open your mind and look around and see what you can do or get into that will lead to your goal.

Career options for a felon with an automotive technician certificate?

I am In a relationship with a multiple convicted felon who is finished with all of his probation and has been a "regular" citizen for about four years now. He enrolled in and graduated from technical school into the automotive industrie (a field he already had extensive knowledge in) and is currently employed but can't seem to escape being payed "book time" and being limited to entry level work so even though he is making 16 per hour he might only get paid for 16 hours a week of work depending on weather the shop is busy enough even though he goes to his place of employment 40 hours a week!

I was told that felons can become firefighters but I'm not sure how to investigate this? we live in texas so I'm sure the options are less than anywhere else :(

But if anyone has any helpful suggestions about alternative career fields I would appreciate it immensely we are trying to be done with the past but unfortunately it doesn't seem like society has really allowed him to repay his debt and be forgiven!

I was also thinking manufacturing jobs? but again we paid for a technical degree in automotive (not cheep!) and are hoping for it to be fruit-full

and is there anything else we can do to make him more appealing to employers we repaired our credit standings and he has done well in being stably employed for as long as possible and is working through becoming ASE certified ...is there anything else

Thanks

Auto body tech vs. auto mechanic career.?

I don't know about auto body, but if you are contemplating a career in auto mechanics, PLEASE read the link below, BEFORE you invest your time and money into pursuing this career. It may be the BEST read yet!!!! Here it is:

http://www.flatratetech.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=24925

Is an automotive technician a good job?

Absolutely... If there is a particular manufacturer that you like such as Ford try to get on with a Ford dealership or if it's Chevy you prefer check out the Chevy dealerships.And of course you can try independent service centers.Both dealer and independent’s have their benefits.A dealer will typically have an apprentice program where you'll be assigned to a main-line technician who is certified. Of course the tech has to be willing to take you on as an apprentice because he'll have the choice versus being told to. If chosen... expect at least a year before your cut loose. And in time (alot of time) you can earn your Master Certification. I became Master Certified with Ford after 8 years.With an independent service center you will be exposed to all makes and models with varying diagnosis and each unique to that make and model. Can be a bit overwhelming at times. Also your diagnostic equipment and software may not be current and of course software is proprietary to the manufacturer meaning yours will be a “version” of said manufacturer. Not the same as others here on Quora can attest.You can make great money as a technician. But if your just starting out... understand it takes time. Time to learn, time to be qualified and time to make the big bucks.ASE certification is not the same as factory certified. I am also an ASE Certified Service Consultant. And regardless of the groans I will receive.... the fact is “Factory Certification trumps ASE Certification “. It DOES NOT mean factory trained are better than ASE! I have worked with both, I am both but when working for Ford my ASE didn’t mean as much.Also... If working Saturdays is a problem then this gig isn't for you.You'll start as a lube tech and guess what... That's where most of us started. Be patient and ask questions. Don't be that guy that knows everything because we all know that guy and at best he knows just enough to get himself in trouble... And he always does.Good luck... Oh yeah. This industry os one of those you can't leave. Don't ask why because I haven't figured it out myself but once your in it... Your in it?

Auto Tech vs. Auto Body Career?

I'm having a little trouble thinking about what career path in the auto field I'd like to get into. I'm trying to decide between taking a career path for just a regular Auto Mechanic or going into the Auto Body field.

I've always been interested in cars, but just haven't really gotten a chance to learn or work on them as much as I would have liked. I always thought I'd like to be a mechanic, but as I've thought about it more I'm not sure whether that's the best fit for me. I have a friend who works at a Cadillac dealership. I've helped him with his cars sometimes and he's helped me with some car issue's before. When I'm with him I always feel a little "in-over-my-head" because there seems to be so much that goes into a car and I just don't seem to understand it. He's always talking about things I don't really understand. I always feel a little overwhelmed by the complexity of cars!

Than I thought if being a mechanic won't be right maybe I should consider an Auto Body career, which probably would better suite me. My whole family is pretty artistic and I guess I would consider myself artistic as well. I've always been good with colors. It actually took me a long time to learn color names because if I saw a "blue" that was a little bit lighter than the "blue" that my teacher was showing us, I would assume it was different color.

Honestly though I've heard mixed things about going into an Auto Body career. People say its a lot harder than just being a regular mechanic sometimes. There's good pay, but it can be a difficult job. Being a mechanic has it's downsides as well. Of Course people will always need mechanical work done on their cars, despite these economic times. It doesn't seem that way in the Auto Body field.

The auto classes at my local Community College have started. So I'll need to decide quickly in what I want to do. Currently though the Auto Collision program is just getting up and running. The program isn't as well setup as the Auto Tech programs. They don't even have facilities and equipment yet and are using a high school's shop.

What do people think? Is one career path better for certain types of people? What skills are good to have in being a Auto Mechanic vs. Auto Bodyman? What are people's personal experiences in the fields? Would you suggest one or the other? I'd appreciate your thoughts and advice.

What is the most difficult assignment for a car mechanic?

I'll skip specialties, like frame straightening or body work, and just focus on things that all competent mechanics should be able to do. Biggest job would be complete engine rebuild, where all the wear parts (bearings, seals, pistons, rings, valves, etc) get torn down and replaced.   If it's just a single component that failed, would have to be a bent crankshaft.  Then crankshaft  bearing.  Then  connecting rod.   Each requires almost as much teardown as a complete rebuild, just wouldn't be required to replace as many parts, though would likely do much of it at the same time. I had a connecting rod break on my Fiat Spider.  Drove through a puddle (okay, a flooded intersection) and the down-snorkel on the airbox took in water.  Water is incompressible, so kind of made the piston hit a wall.  Full stop! Even though I had lovingly rebuilt the top end, I just didn't have the time to dig into the bottom.  Then I found out I was covered by my auto insurance, so I had it towed and repaired by a Fiat expert.