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I was surprised to find that in being a car mechanic how very little most people know about the vehicle that they are driving. Very little people even take the time to flip through the handbook that comes with their vehicle. Anyone who is going to drive a vehicle should at least know how to maintain it at the very least. Some people don't even know how to check the oil levels. I can't believe how ignorant some people are when it comes to cars." (Auto Mechanic; 2013)
"Paying Attention To Great Detail...
I was surprised at how easy it is to fix things. It was not very complicated at all. Just very tedious, and heavy work." (Automotive Mechanic; 2013)
I was surprised at how involved the process of being a mechanic is. I didn't realize that it was just as much dealing with people as it was fixing cars." (Automotive Mechanic; 2013)
"More ASE Certifications Mean More Money...
I was surprised by the number of career options that I have after gaining more experience as an automotive mechanic. I thought I would be turning wrenches for the rest of my life, but there are many different paths you can take that are quite lucrative." (Automotive Technician; 2013)
"Looking Beyond The Technician Role...
I was surprised at the level of disregard for diagnostic abilities over sheer "part-changer" mentality. Quite often, shop owners aren't worried (until it's too late) about a correct diagnosis, so long as they've made money and the car is shipped. While certain shops do value competent technicians, many other shops just want the work done quickly, without much regard to completeness." (Auto Technician; 2013)
"Have A Strong Resume...
I was surprised how many people tried to apply for this job. I felt very lucky to get accepted. Also I was surprised my job requires great people skills." (Automotive Inspector; 2013)
"Hands On Experience Is Important...
What surprised me most about being an auto mechanic is the long hours. In school you rarely deal with unforeseen problems but in reality bolts break, or parts are wrong, and you end up with major delays." (Auto Mechanic; 2013)
I was surprised that learning automobiles were so simple to work on, however so complex at the same time." (Automotive Mechanic; 2013)
"Doing More Than Required...
I was surprised how complex and how high tech car are these days. There is so much computing power and smart technology in vehicles these days that most people have no idea is sitting under their hood. One example is starting a car. Used to be you would put the key in the car, turn it to the "start" position until the engine started. Once it started you would move the key back to the "run" position. Now you just turn the key once, let it go and the car will turn it self over until the engine starts." (Vehicle Mechanic; 2013)
"Do Your Homework Before Becoming An Automotive Mechanic...
I was surprised at the attention to your time to accomplish even the most minute task. The quality was not as important as the amount of time you spent on the given repair." (Automotive Mechanic; 2013)
I was surprised how much working on cars now is based off of operating a computer and less on turning wrenches. We learned a lot of turning wrenches and mechanical work, but not as much with learning computer systems and how to do diagnostic work using a computer on a 'network' car." (Automotive Technician; 2013)
"Advice From Coworkers...
I was surprised by how much more there was to learn after school. Every day in the field I learn new skills and solutions to problems." (Automotive Technician; 2013)
"ASE Certified Technicians Are Trusted...
In 2008 when the Gm and Chrysler where begging tax payers from Washington to help prevent them from going out of business I was surprised to find that even with only seven years experience as an ASE certified Technician I was a able to start a business from my back yard in a shop my dad had built for me, and actually do so well with it that I now have a stable business working from home. There is no doubt that people would not have trusted me to work on their vehicles had I not had that certificate." (ASE Certified Mechanic; 2013)
"I was surprised at how many other technicians and service writers do not have any relevant education and/or updated certifications. The number of technicians and service writers with outdated ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certifications and/or a lack of relevant schooling was the vast majority." (Automotive Technical And Service Writer; 2013)
"First time when I was accessing the center, I was a little astonished by the internal discipline system and the number of candidates with me, also the educational goods are so exited" (Auto Reparation Technician; 2013)
"I was surprised at the overall lack of computer/diagnostic skill most auto techs posses. The modern car has many computers and sensors but most tech new to the field lack basic common knowledge of things as simple as a position sensor." (Auto Mechanic; 2013)
Auto Mechanic: "The thing I enjoy most about being an auto mechanic is using both my hands and my mind to fix something that is broken. And the pay's good too. But the job has its challenges as well, and there are times when I get under a car to fix the brakes, for example, when I can prompt a cascade of secondary problems by making just a single mistake." (2010)
CEO Of Small Business: "The best part of my job is solving a difficult auto repair problem that has stumped other automotive shops. The worst is getting so many sales calls from insurance and security alarm systems sales people." (2009)
Automotive Mechanic: "To become an automotive mechanic, make sure you know people in the field who can vouch for you. It helps a lot to get a good paying position if you know people." (2013)
Auto Reparation Technician: "As this career had much opportunity on the work's market, and if you want to success in your future career, you should first loving what you do, also too concentrated with application lessons, and finally is to try always to be up today for any new automotive technology" (2013)
Auto Mechanic: "Own your own business. If you are a mechanic in someone else's shop then be prepared to do the majority of the work for very little pay." (2013)
Automotive Mechanic: "Earn all the certifications you can. Along with certifications come money. Learn to do it all from suspension, brakes, engine/transmission, to general maintenance." (2013)
Auto Mechanic: "To become a automotive technician you must learn the basic workings of computers and sensors. There are a lot of people that can turn a wrench but few can diagnose a complex computer system in a efficient manner . That is where the money lies." (2013)
Automotive Inspector: "It is tough to find a job in this area, but if you work hard, have a good resume, you can do alright." (2013)
Vehicle Mechanic: "Go to a school and learn more than what they teach you in the class. Come in early and stay late working on extra projects. Hanging around the older teachers will give you the opportunity to learn things they don't teach in the classroom." (2013)
Auto Mechanic: "Get a job being an apprentice or entry level work with an auto repair shop. The daily hands on experience is way more important than the schooling." (2013)
Automotive Mechanic: "To begin a career as an automotive mechanic, first speak with those working in the field. Most shops will require 2 or more ASE certificates, your own large set of tools encompassing every possible tool you may need, and 2 years of training/experience. Research all possible training programs in the area and make sure all their equipment is up to date and not falling apart." (2013)
Automotive Technician: "Along with training try to obtain a job in a garage somewhere to get hands on real world experience to go along with your training. What you learn in the shop will be a lot different than what you learn in a shop." (2013)
Auto Technician: "Find a way to advance within a corporate structure at a dealership; the real money and respect is within service manager positions." (2013)
ASE Certified Mechanic: "If being an auto Tech is what you feel is the career you want to pursue. I strongly recommend doing some research to find a trade school near you that is accredited and honored by the top automobile manufacturers in the market today. Having the correct certificate from a worthy teaching center will benefit you in more ways than you will ever imagine. Being ASE CERT. not only will guarantee you a spot working in the best shops, but will also earn you lots of respect for your profession in your community. Thus allowing you to take advantage of the extra income Quality Auto mechanics are able to make from home." (2013)
Automotive Mechanic: "Pay attention to detail. One little slip could cause a rod to fall out and cause the wheel assembly to freeze up." (2013)
Automotive Technician: "If you want a good job as an automotive technician, you need to pass all of the ASE certification tests that you can. The faster you do this, the more money you will make in your career." (2013)
Automotive Technician: "Always take to heart the advice you may receive from others working in the industry. Just when you think that there is not a solution insight from someone else may be the key." (2013)
Auto Mechanic: "Although I have taken several courses and workshops in auto repair training, I have to say that the best training came from working on cars on the job. Fixing cars can be tricky at times so it really helps when I am familiar with a particular make and model of a car. But you also need patience in dealing with customers, especially those who are already upset that their cars have broken down. A final piece of advice I would offer to someone entering the field would be to try to get certified in many different areas of repair. From inspection stickers to fixing large diesel trucks, everything you learn will pay off in your work." (2010)
CEO Of Small Business: "Be sure to be a good listener, when talking with the customers, and remember all your people skills. Another good skill is delegating the work to other employees for problem solving. I often hold meetings to get input from key people as to how they would have handled difficult situations. getting to know your customers is so important. Some just would do anything to repair their automobile and others want to know all the details." (2009)