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Defeated Technician in West Warwick, Rhode Island

35 months ago

Please, anyone considering this field, learn from what I have to say. This field is a black hole. The money isn't there, the UTI commercials are a lie to get you in the door so they can profit from your student loans.

I flagged 13.7 hours last week...22.7 this week. I was there for 50 hours both weeks. I am drowning in student loan debt and tool debt. Customers are stupid blockheads who just look for the cheapest oil change deal that week and never do any needed maintenance. You go for broke. This industry is broken, you will be broken, this isn't fun like your hobby car, this is hard work, low pay and bullcrap pay systems to make your pay even lower.

I don't care how much you know or how much you love working on cars, you will be starved out at the beginning stages unless you live at home with mom and dad, no wife, no kids, and they feed you.

Don't learn the hard way like me. I doubt I can afford rent this month.

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Asbestos in Acworth, Georgia

33 months ago

Defeated Technician in West Warwick, Rhode Island said: Please, anyone considering this field, learn from what I have to say. This field is a black hole. The money isn't there, the UTI commercials are a lie to get you in the door so they can profit from your student loans.

I flagged 13.7 hours last week...22.7 this week. I was there for 50 hours both weeks. I am drowning in student loan debt and tool debt. Customers are stupid blockheads who just look for the cheapest oil change deal that week and never do any needed maintenance. You go for broke. This industry is broken, you will be broken, this isn't fun like your hobby car, this is hard work, low pay and bullcrap pay systems to make your pay even lower.

I don't care how much you know or how much you love working on cars, you will be starved out at the beginning stages unless you live at home with mom and dad, no wife, no kids, and they feed you.

Don't learn the hard way like me. I doubt I can afford rent this month.

Couldnt agree more, been doing for 12 years and the only thing I have to show for it is a busted back,bad knees, and a severed tendon in my hand. Flat rate is a total joke and should be illegal. I thank god everyday thay I will never have to turn wrenches for a living again!

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Kris in Escondido, California

29 months ago

Asbestos in Acworth, Georgia said: Couldnt agree more, been doing for 12 years and the only thing I have to show for it is a busted back,bad knees, and a severed tendon in my hand. Flat rate is a total joke and should be illegal. I thank god everyday thay I will never have to turn wrenches for a living again!

I have been turning wrenches since the early 80`s and couldn`t agree more. It was a good living in the beginning but as the years have gone by it has steadily gotten worse. I wish I could get into something else that has a more steady income, (this roller coaster called a paycheck sucks!).

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duggancruz@gmail in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

6 months ago

Be doing for twenty two years,getting out no pay and no benefits,your body will break and you'll be flat broke in the end...GET OUT!!!

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xboxer in Cactus, Arizona

6 months ago

Hate to say it, but it sounds like medicine! Wrecks your body.

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Jay Daniels in Dawson, Georgia

16 days ago

I have a friend who went to Nashville Auto Diesel school years ago and he was guaranteed $850+ per week at Ford for years until he quit and opened his own shop. You have to manage your money and he did it by working toward a goal of owning his own shop. Don't have a bunch of kids, wife that doesn't work, don't get too deep in debt, and try to save some money!

hint: the local area state technical colleges are a whole lot cheaper.

Defeated Technician in West Warwick, Rhode Island said: Please, anyone considering this field, learn from what I have to say. This field is a black hole. The money isn't there, the UTI commercials are a lie to get you in the door so they can profit from your student loans.

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gixerkiller in Gardena, California

16 days ago

Kris in Escondido, California said: I have been turning wrenches since the early 80`s and couldn`t agree more. It was a good living in the beginning but as the years have gone by it has steadily gotten worse. I wish I could get into something else that has a more steady income, (this roller coaster called a paycheck sucks!).

You have not been keeping up on the laws have you?

In CA your employer MUST pay you double the minimum wage for every hr NOT spent working on vehicles......waiting for parts is considered to be "not working on vehicles"

Basically you are paid a flat salary with performance bonuses now. Flat rate alone IS illegal in CA.

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gixerkiller in Gardena, California

16 days ago

Jay Daniels in Dawson, Georgia said: I have a friend who went to Nashville Auto Diesel school years ago and he was guaranteed $850+ per week at Ford for years until he quit and opened his own shop. You have to manage your money and he did it by working toward a goal of owning his own shop. Don't have a bunch of kids, wife that doesn't work, don't get too deep in debt, and try to save some money!

hint: the local area state technical colleges are a whole lot cheaper.

850 for a diesel mechanic is crap pay.

I used to do a grand a week minimum on motorsports vehicles.
diesel is a whole lot more......at least in CA.....with all the "green" diesel stuff and all the certs needed now.....they still pay drivers more for some reason though.....

If I had to do it again, I would have just started as a floor sweeper and worked my way up through the shops. The schools with milk you for everything. all you need for "ASE" certs is to have a shop "sponsor" you and attend the same training schools that the dealership guys do. A good mechanic learned from doing, not reading.

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