It's funny that all these companies think you have to have a degree in this stuff. If you dont have a degree, you wont be able to understand this equipment. Well in some cases they may be right. Like PLC's and such. But, if the older generation would only work together with the younger generation and show them what they know, they would be alot better off. The older generation seems to forget, someone at one time showed them when they were learning the trade. This is like a coveted trade. You dont tell, ask or show. You retain what you know and use it in the future. There leaving in 5, 10, 15 years, why would they not want to show someone what they know? I dont highly believe in letting a high schooler fall into this field, but I do believe if they are mechanically inclined or looking to get into this field, let them start out changing oil, grease equip., bulbs, light plumbing and all the daunting tasks that need to be done and groom them for what is coming in the future. This is a profitable and enjoyable field.