Inside Auto Body Technician Careers

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Biggest Surprises

"Student Diversity...
One thing surprised me was the diversity of the students male and female out in the real workforce. Also how there is a lot more to know then just mechanics such as customer service." (Automotive Mechanic; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Oregon, male
School: Studied Automotive Repair at Universal Technical Institute in California; completed Certificate degree in 2010

Best & Worst Things About This Career

I Am The Owner Of A Small Auto Body Shop In Ashland, MA.: "One of the best parts of my job is the feeling of accomplishment I get when a job is over and the customer is satisfied. Satisfied customers will you give word-of-mouth advertising and nothing works better than that. This also goes hand in hand with keeping an honest approach to your dealing with customers and keeping open lines of communication with your help." (2009)

Career Background

Auto Body Technician

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Career Tips

"Take School Seriously...
Take the learning seriously and try to absorb the most out of it. Even if you think you already know it, there is more to everything." (Automotive Mechanic; 2013)

"Be Humble When Starting Out...
Find the best in the business and absorb as much as you can from that person or facility. Again, keeping an open mind not only goes for the person running the show, but should also go for the help. The last thing you ever want to say to someone that is teaching you a craft is "I know." Always be humble and view your job as an everyday learning experience." (I Am The Owner Of A Small Auto Body Shop In Ashland, MA.; 2009)