NAXJA Forums -::- North American XJ Association  

Go Back   NAXJA Forums -::- North American XJ Association > Land Use / Off Topic and other Forums > Non-Tech / Off Topic
HOME Member FAQ Sponsor Info Rules Bylaws E-Mail

Non-Tech / Off Topic The popular Non-Tech Forum. NO SPAM at all. Period.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old November 4th, 2020, 11:47
Sean778's Avatar
Sean778 Sean778 is offline
NAXJA Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Edmonton
Posts: 42
Automotive Service Technician Career

After playing with scaffolding at an oil and gas refinery for ~12 years, it is time for me to shift gears and try something new. I pulled the pin to go on parental leave when my daughter was born in July 2019, and went back to work for a month right before the COVID layoffs hit. I have been looking for a change for awhile now, and decided to try my hand at turning wrenches for a living. I signed up for a one semester pre-employment automotive service technician program at a local tech school, and it's going well so far.



I'm reaching out to the community, since your wealth of knowledge has helped me a lot over the years. Does anyone with a professional background in this field have any advice? I'm 36, so it's not my first job or career, but I would love some input from anyone here with experience in the field.



Thanks for reading, any and all replies are welcome!


Sean
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old November 4th, 2020, 19:49
JohnX's Avatar
JohnX JohnX is offline
Sarge
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Williams AZ
Posts: 9,761
Re: Automotive Service Technician Career

I turned wrenches and ran a shop for over a decade, i now teach auto at a college. I'll give you the same advice I give all my students...dont spend all your money on tools. Its a very easy thing to do, snap on/matco/cornwell/Mac etc. are all very good at giving Neverending credit and convincing people they need every tool ever made. Don't be a sucker.
__________________
The MAC-10 submachine gun was practically designed for housewives.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old November 4th, 2020, 20:12
jeep ride's Avatar
jeep ride jeep ride is online now
NAXJA Forum User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: 99 miles from nowhere
Posts: 648
Re: Automotive Service Technician Career

Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnX View Post
I turned wrenches and ran a shop for over a decade, i now teach auto at a college. I'll give you the same advice I give all my students...dont spend all your money on tools. Its a very easy thing to do, snap on/matco/cornwell/Mac etc. are all very good at giving Neverending credit and convincing people they need every tool ever made. Don't be a sucker.
After 40 years in the automotive parts business I will second this advice .
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old November 5th, 2020, 00:18
Sean778's Avatar
Sean778 Sean778 is offline
NAXJA Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Edmonton
Posts: 42
Re: Automotive Service Technician Career

Thanks for the advice, I will take that one to heart!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old November 21st, 2020, 15:12
JohnX's Avatar
JohnX JohnX is offline
Sarge
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Williams AZ
Posts: 9,761
Re: Automotive Service Technician Career

My second piece of advice...its a physically demanding career. Take care of your body, and have a game plan....turning wrenches at 60 won't be fun.
__________________
The MAC-10 submachine gun was practically designed for housewives.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old November 21st, 2020, 19:36
Anak's Avatar
Anak Anak is online now
Stranger
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: In a strange land
Posts: 3,767
Re: Automotive Service Technician Career

Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnX View Post
My second piece of advice...its a physically demanding career. Take care of your body, and have a game plan....turning wrenches at 60 won't be fun.
QFT!!

I am training The Varmints to work on vehicles so I can pawn offf some of the heavy lifting.
__________________
Project "Scope Creep": 1996 4wd 4.0L, AX15

The "Varmint-Mobile": 1997 ZJ Laredo, 4wd, 4.0L, Slushbox
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old November 22nd, 2020, 09:15
Sean778's Avatar
Sean778 Sean778 is offline
NAXJA Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Edmonton
Posts: 42
Re: Automotive Service Technician Career

Thanks again, I appreciate the advice!
The younger version of me was too dumb or too proud to ask for help and advice, and insisted on learning everything the hard way. I am trying to change that with this profession, since there will be a whole lot that I don’t know.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone on NAXJA a GM Technician? BIGSLVRXJ Tow Rigs and Trailers 0 September 14th, 2015 15:59
Automotive Service Worker - SFPD Boatwrench Sierra Chapter 1 June 1st, 2012 07:29
Automotive technician hourly pay Jeep450r Sierra Chapter 10 May 9th, 2012 15:36
I'm a Technician looking for work. NorCalChris Sierra Chapter 7 February 14th, 2010 10:49
Test Technician Job Fred Colorado Chapter 1 April 5th, 2008 13:31


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:54.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
NAXJA and NAXJA logo's Copyright NAXJA. All content/images Copyright NAXJA 1999-2014