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michael sciarra

Updated 2 days ago

Automotive Technicians for fair pay - 11 Replies

after reading most comments from some technicians and been a shop owner for over 28 years, I have to say I agree with most comments, staring with...

Bernard Mankin

Updated 21 days ago

What are typical automotive technician salaries? - 158 Replies

Automotive Technician Job Posting: 40k 80k a year. 'Were in needed of good people', looking for a great place to work? We need you! We offer...


Updated 22 days ago


I've been in this trade for 41 years,had 18 apprentices,came in the union way in 1968,seen it all done it all,trained mostly in transmission and...


Updated 4 months ago

Flat Rate - Variable? - 41 Replies

Like I said...I am back in the shop working 25 hours a week and turning 30-35 hours. I am a shop owner, could I charge my customers more hours for...

Anthony in Burlingame, California

Updated 5 months ago

How is being an Automotive Master Technician? Not just a normal couple of ASEs tech but full Master Tech? - 1 Reply

So im currently a Automotive Technology student about to go to Clearfield Utah UAW-LETC for their Toyota Program more than likely or another branch...

Anthony in Burlingame, California

Updated 5 months ago

Pay for web based training? - 1 Reply

This is another disturbing trend I've found in dealerships. I'm on my 4th dealership and its the same old thing. "You need to complete these 40...

dubtech2 in Wildomar, California

Updated 10 months ago

I just got all 8 of my ase and I have a bs in sutomotive science but with a dui on my record, will a dealership hire me? - 10 Replies

The dui is seven years old but out here in california dui stays on for ten plus years.

Johnhover in United Kingdom

Advice for anyone starting out...

I only have one piece of advise for anybody getting into the automotive trade as a mechanic, panel beater or painter. Run. Run as fast as fast as you...

Jim in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania

Updated 12 months ago

Automotive repair field worth it or not and if not what would you recommend - 9 Replies

Okay well im a senior in high school going to a vocational school for automotive technology. I am just wondering if all of it turns out to be worth...

Indie_One in Wichita, Kansas

Updated 13 months ago

Career change options - 1 Reply

I'm 30 years old and I have been interested in the automotive industry since I was in high school I just never knew how to go about it and with my...

Lucas in Lynnwood, Washington

Service Technician Dispatching pay?

I can't find any information on this. I am a service tech at a dealership that treats me really well, I am flat rate but have yet to not make my...

Dinodon in San Diego, California

Updated 14 months ago

Career change from automotive technician to....??? - 2 Replies

Hey all, a little to my story. When i was 19 i decided to attend LTI (worse decision ever BAD SCHOOL!)in whitestone ny because of my passion for cars...

Dinodon in San Diego, California

So finished with this industry after 28 years.Large Craftsman professional box with locker and tools for sale.

So I started a a new job in September then ,I was terminated and was not given a reason. I experienced dizziness at work on Oct 29 and my employer...

Libby Melhus in Akron, Ohio

Updated 15 months ago

what should i do - 68 Replies

I am a senior this year and am thinking about going into the automotive field is it worth it?

CSI420 in Fenton, Michigan

Updated 20 months ago

Help please 2006 Chevy silverado 2500hd 6.0 - 5 Replies

Got this truck in the shop. Wouldn't crank nothing they said. Within a week guy says it started so he drove it in. Ran drove fine whole time we had...

Robert Ortega in Overland Park, Kansas

Updated 20 months ago

Advice on purchasing a independant auto repair shop - 2 Replies

Hi all, I'm currently an IT tech with a steady job and decent salary/benefits. I also do some side gigs that bring in alright money. I'm getting...

CSI420 in Fenton, Michigan

Updated 20 months ago

Automotive training - 1 Reply

Hi I'm making inquiries for a friend (whose English is not perfect) who wants to take some automotive classes. He has a lot of experience working on...

Kris in Escondido, California

Updated 22 months ago

I can't do it anymore... - 2 Replies

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...

Kevin in Agawam, Massachusetts

What states to make the most as Automotive Technician?

I grew up and currently reside in Western New York, the heart of the salt belt. I make a decent living as an Automotive Repair Technician in a local...

Bill in Grand Island, New York

Updated 23 months ago

Do You Have Enough Work At The Job To Make Good Money Getting Paid Flat Rate - 14 Replies

In a few months i am about to start Community College to become a auto tech and be certified and all 8 areas.I was doing resource and i stumbled onto...

Asbestos in Acworth, Georgia


For those of you that are considering an exciting career as an automotive tech, please look at other career options! I have been working in this...

Wasabi joyo in Calgary, Alberta

Best automotive shop to work at?

Hey I'm only a 1st year automotive apprentice so I've only ever worked hourly but I was wondering where has your guy's favirote place been to work...

FBDTSP in San Bruno, California

Updated 31 months ago

Team shared pay plans - 1 Reply

Ive been a flat rate tech for years and have an oppurtunity to work with a dealer that shares the hours. Has anyone had experience with this? Pros...

Donski in San Diego, California

Updated 32 months ago

Is 39 years old to old to start? - 8 Replies

Hi everyone, I have a question. Do you think it would be difficult to start a career as an automotive mechanic/technician at the age of 39? Your feed...

Donski in San Diego, California

Chrysler/Jeep dealer Tech job

What's a good starting wage in California? I have 20 years independent experience, but no dealer experience. I heard many horror stories about...

jeff in Des Plaines, Illinois

Updated 32 months ago

Automotive jobs - 1 Reply

I just got out of school study auto and diesel and Ford training.Can''t seem to find a job in automotive I live in Chicago any advice?

joemacc in Trevor, Wisconsin

Updated 34 months ago

how is it working for honda or toyota? - 12 Replies

Hey guys, im looking to go to another manufacture, getting tired of working on cars that cost an average of 80k and pays poor, would like some...

Matt in Alexandria, Virginia

Will a misdemeanor drug charge prevent me from being employed at a car dealership?

I live in Maryland. I have one misdemeanor charge on my record for marijuana possession, it happened in Utah. The guy who interviewed me told me that...

klagmire in Fenton, Michigan

Updated 35 months ago

Tips for automotive technician interviews. - 3 Replies

Do you have any tips to help prepare for an upcoming automotive technician interview? Are there common interview questions that come up again and...

klagmire in Fenton, Michigan

Updated 42 months ago

tire installer for a self-taught new graduate - 1 Reply

I need a job as quickly as possible and have an interview coming up next week for a tire installer job. Although I enjoy working on my car, helped...

shaun in Valdosta, Georgia

Updated 47 months ago

fact on becoming an auto technician for my graduation project - 2 Replies

i need help finding info on becoming a auto technician

shaun in Valdosta, Georgia

Updated 47 months ago

What do you enjoy most about your automotive technician career? - 4 Replies

What do you enjoy most about being an automotive technician? What do you dislike the most? Is it challenging? Are there many opportunities to...

shaun in Valdosta, Georgia

Updated 47 months ago

they took my tools - 2 Replies

i got fired from this shop a while back because of religious differences and yes i know thats illegal. i dont care about that. what i care about is...

NRW in Wichita, Kansas

Updated 51 months ago

Working on the 4th of July - That's just unamerican - 1 Reply

Anybody else out there working for a greedy dealer making you work on national holidays? (memorial day/july4th/labor day) bad enough to barely scrape...

dom754 in Union, New Jersey

Updated 53 months ago

High School senior, and i love cars but dont know much about it. Is going into the Automotive business a good idea? - 3 Replies

yea, im not sure on what to do.Confused about the choices.

rickt in Glen Burnie, Maryland

ratio of autos to mechanics

what is a standard or good ratio of number of units per mechanic?

mike in Brunswick, Georgia

Updated 60 months ago

Automotive training questions, is it worth it? - 2 Replies

I am very young and am about to graduate highschool . I have alot of experience for my age. I am in an automotive program and have been for 3 years...

jb in Anchorage, Alaska

Updated 60 months ago

Are automotive technician job opportunities growing or declining? - 5 Replies

Are jobs in this industry on the rise? Are there any sub-sectors that are growing? Where are the jobs? Which places have the most automotive...

mike in Brunswick, Georgia

Updated 60 months ago

any jobs outside of dealers? - 3 Replies

I have worked in a dealer doing PM and inspections, i have been studying the technology and doing work at home for years. I still want to go to...

figaro8895 in NRH, Texas

Auto Tech with DUI?

A friend has recently enrolled in and started auto tech school and has a DUI over 7 years old (will be over 8 by grad time). Wondering if he will be...

joe schemeker in knoxville, Tennessee

Updated 73 months ago

Getting an automotive technician job. - 4 Replies

How did you get your start doing automotive technician work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position? Do you need a...

andy in Manchester, United Kingdom


hello, am a fully qualified paintsprayer for peugeot but as the company has to keep with the times we are having to attend these ATA courses. has...

DI in West Orange, New Jersey

Updated 88 months ago

Top automotive technician skills needed to get the job. - 1 Reply

What are the top 3 traits or skills every automotive technician must have to excel? Can you suggest any tips or insights to develop your automotive...


What are the best automotive technician qualifications and training to get ahead?

What is the best training for becoming an automotive technician? What types of ongoing training or certifications are necessary to be an effective...

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