Automotive Industry Opportunities and Obstacles Feat. Bogi and EricTheCarGuy

Automotive Industry Opportunities and Obstacles Feat. Bogi and EricTheCarGuy


what’s up everybody its Charles in just a minute we are going to be joined by eric the car guy bogie from all girls garage and myself for a roundtable chat about the automotive industry our experiences going to tech school and a whole bunch more Eric and I flew down to bogie shop and we all sat down had a really great chat and got to tour the UTI campus down there which was a whole lot of fun as you guys know that’s where I went to tech school not that campus but a different one so it was really cool to see a different campus now this is only part of our conversation the three of us talked for about three and a half hours so of course we couldn’t just make one long video there’s a couple of things I’m going to do for you guys I’m going to make this an audio-only show as well so you can catch it on iTunes or of course over at humble mechanic comm I’m also taking the audio of our entire conversation and putting that out in what will probably be four podcasts because again it’s about three hours you’ll be able to check that out if that is complete and you want to listen there’s gonna be a link down in the description when it’s done otherwise you just have to hang tight and of course you can always swing over to the blog and check it out they’re also Big Ups to UTI for bringing us down and letting us get together and have this really great conversation this is kind of like part two of the video I did about the three biggest struggles for new technicians so I’ll link that up as well alright enough for me let’s get in to the video [Music] for me I know why I chose to go to tech school versus just going out into the field right away and learning by experience but I’m curious your guys’s opinion on that so for me it’s probably a bit different than the people that know like I want to work on cars it wasn’t really like that for me I actually sold cars before I went to tech school and worked a bunch of really crappy retail jobs I knew I liked working in the automotive industry and I didn’t really feel like car sales was was what was right for me it was kind of like this looks like something I maybe can do and I went to went to the admissions office and talked to the guy and when I got there and I walked around I’m like man this this something about this feels right having you me uh well I was destitute and I needed to pay child support and I was working jobs like I was the fry guy at Wendy’s that was the guy that put the chickens and marinated a popular chicken restaurant and doing those types of things and I knew I was never gonna make it I needed a career and not just another job and I just felt like okay well what can I do in a short amount of time to get myself on the path like I said a career instead of another you know fast-food job so I got on the phone and and called a local tech school made an appointment paid my application fee with rolled-up change it’s $10 it was all I had what about you what’s more to you great I did not grow up around cars at all my dad’s not into cars my mom’s not into cars they don’t know where I came from really like I’m this odd duck they’re like what what happened what did we do but I was always into puzzles not necessarily taking a part like the VCR or whatever but I took apart everything else and like I loved puzzles I loved fixing things and figuring things out and then when I got to be of driving age I decided that I was in love with air-cooled Volkswagens so I cut my teeth on old Volkswagen bugs and I just got this harebrained idea when I was a Cadillac I’m gonna own my own bug and I started reading Volkswagen magazines and there were no girls in them unless they were wearing bikinis and high heels and strategically placed grease marks and I was like ooh this is not okay and so I got this harebrained idea that I was gonna go take out a shop in high school and the more pushback I got from people like why would you take auto shop you’re a girl and you’re going to college and you’re doing all these other things and why would you take auto shop the more it drove me to want to do it but for me like I chose going to tech school versus going out just trying to get a job straight in the shop because I didn’t think anybody’s gonna take me seriously I didn’t grow up around cars I had no background I couldn’t say oh I’ve got experience I didn’t know how to do a brake job without going to school for it like I didn’t know anything I remember with my Volkswagen bug when I was like my first year of tech class and in high school and something happened with the bug and it broke down on the side of the road like every other day and I got out of the car and I opened up the boot to look at the engine and I was pretending like I knew what I was doing I have no idea what I’m looking at no idea it was so not mechanical whatsoever so I knew I had to go to a school to get the framework to get that like foundation of Basic Education and then I also knew that I needed as a woman to how people take me seriously and I wanted to be able to walk into a shop like I’ve got a certificate I was taught my class I was this that and the other thing I wanted to have some credentials so to speak okay so I I do think that there there are opportunities although I think they’re relatively small at this point for people to come in off the street and be able to just get a job at a shop either independent or dealership and kind of be like that real entry-level but I even for those bottom positions those entry entry-level positions I want somebody who’s expressed and communicated some sort of commitment to this is a career and it’s not just like hey I like cars it’s gonna take you a heck of a lot longer to get to that same place as if you’ve gone through tech school and came in the door as a tech school person as opposed to somebody who was you had a program set up right in place in here we had it as that system which is awesome not every place has that Mostel notion that and that’s right so most don’t so but you know what you look for the person that’s looking to not so much get their feet wet or has the impression that they can walk through the door start sweeping the floors and work their way up to being a master tack personally I think that’s somewhat unrealistic right but it’s also a good test to see how bad do you want it how bad you write and that is at the end of the day how bad do you want it you’re gonna want it bad enough you’re gonna get there no matter what obstacles are in your place I personally feel like if I want it that bad and I can remove some of those obstacles then a man don’t make it harder on yourself in the test just because you can do something alone doesn’t mean that you should necessarily should like I could teach myself auto mechanics and then go out and get a job and work my way up and you do all of those things but like if I can get there four times as fast I mean there’s all sorts of things that I could do this all sorts of online learning there’s a lot of opportunities out there that that you can do and those are all viable options however if it’s gonna take you 10 years that path versus five years on the path where you go and get concentrated education why not remove an obstacle from your path it’s kind of the way I look at all right I get a lot of people that reach out to me considering getting into the automotive field and they are getting input from several different sources as far as where the income would come from like some people say you can make a total killing and other people are like don’t bother wasting your money on school and all that stuff because you’ll never make it back you’ll always be poured and work hard and what are your thoughts on that there is no industry in the world where you get out of school and you’re like I’m at the top of my game and I’m making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year like that just doesn’t happen you’re gonna put in your time you’re gonna put in the work you’re gonna be on the bottom of the totem pole and you’re gonna work your way up how quickly you work your way up that’s up to you maybe we can frame this even better to say that you make your own opportunities well yes work hard and all that but if you get up in the morning and you enjoy what you do and automotive is that thing that you enjoy and you get the privilege and that’s the way I felt when I started out I felt like it’s a privilege to get up in the morning and go and work on cars as opposed to standing in front of this greasy fry bat and frying fries not nothing because people have to do it I like fries it wasn’t satisfying you know if you’re the best fry guy great but if you want to get an automotive get into automotive but go into it with an open mind and that there are several opportunities several like yeah it’s a number and there are a lot more opportunities growing each day because the industry itself is changing the vehicles are changing and just transportation in general and if you go into it with the mindset of I’m gonna go and conquer this go in and conquer it and you could be there’s no limit to your success and I think I think we get kind of at least I know for a long time I was this very narrow focus and I think part of that comes from being a dealership technician because you’re in your own world like the aftermarket doesn’t super exist especially in the European dealership world the aftermarket isn’t a thing now you know several years kind of out of that and having my mind opened up to a bigger picture there’s so much if you want to work on electric buses in downtown for the city you can do that and you can make a lot of money doing in the city fleet it’s hungry for people that have amazing benefits hungry for technische and that’s there’s so many different ways to be a part of the automotive industry whether on the manufacturer side the aftermarket side whether it’s turning wrenches service advising being an owner being a salesperson being a youtuber or teacher there’s just a gazillion a gazillion different ways that you can be involved in the automotive also mentioned where that and I say to a lot of not just automotive but also diesel yes diesel I mean is agreement there’s nothing in your life that wasn’t on a diesel truck at some point and you have to really consider that there’s an entire well I’m in need for it is so huge when you think about you know what happens to our society what happens to our country if we don’t have people to fix the equipment that we use on farms the equipment that or the vehicles or transportation devices that get the food from the farms to the supermarkets that get us to work every day that make our country operate like work actually it’s more getting to a point in our society where we are so in high demand as technicians because there’s less and less people going into it there’s more and more jobs and there’s such a need like if you’re skilled and you’re good you can walk into any place and get a job anywhere you want in doing anything mechanical that you want because everybody is so hungry for it and it’s just gonna get worse go where you can make a good living where you’re happy with what you’re doing in an environment where you can learn and grow to whatever you want that to be saying that I don’t recommend that you want to be the middle-of-the-road technician you want as opposed to a job then that may fit the bill I mean if you and if you’re making a living as a technician as opposed to making a living doing something you really don’t enjoy doing I experienced that but I think that’s a big difference here than anything in life is it a is it a punching out the clock or is it a career because this what you want and that’s gonna determine successful or not that’s the mindset I went into it with and I became successful just with that mindset alone I’m looking for a career not just a job maybe mom and dad don’t want you to go I get these emails a lot mom and dad don’t want me to be an automotive technician what do we say to that for me that was part of my drive right because I’m that person who when I see an obstacle it makes me want it that much more so when mom and dad were like I don’t know about this so much it was more of a push to prove to them that this was a viable career path that it was gonna be a good thing for my life so I had to be successful because I had to prove to them that it could be a good option for me but they were super not supportive I can relate to that one little thing about that too is I’ve worked with a lot of people that did what everybody’s supposed to do right everybody’s supposed to go to traditional four-year college I did it you did it and then and then I went to tech school here Here I am working with someone that spent four years instead of one like I did that made half roughly what I made oh yeah and I’ve been making it for three years longer than they have because I didn’t spend four total years in school like this is a legit opportunity for someone to be successful if you want to if you’re the right person and you get the right environment the success is there to be had so I went to the traditional four-year college and I graduated and then about four months later I went to UTI and I remember showing up my whole life I’ve been told growing up that college is the past that’s the way to go that’s the past a success and then I show up at UTI campus and I’m four years older than most of the people who are in class with me and a lot of the guys that I was in class with you know had been into automotive a little bit already they were going to school to get more education and I’m talking to these kids who are four years younger than me who own their own home have a 401k they’ve got a kid they’re doing all of the things like they’re doing all these like adult things and I’m like I don’t Wow maybe I did this wrong right and not saying that I regret going to college because it was a great experience but there’s different paths and there’s not there’s not just one way to be successful and I you know if your parents aren’t supportive it’s a tough it’s a tough thing and I think it’s all the more important in those scenarios to find allies and people who do support you and and hold them close right and then really educate your parents show them show them the other side show them the professionalism of the industry that the challenge is and the rewards of the industry and all the opportunities because I think a lot of parents if they don’t know anybody in the automotive industry kind of like you were saying at the dealership you can have blinders on and only know that little world well the parents don’t know any of the world at all and and or they see and they only know what they see on TV and in the movies or people saying see on the internet and say on the internet so it’s it’s then our job as students and as kids to educate the parents and say like let me show you the world that is available to you through automotive and maybe helps them come around a little bit and if they don’t come around then you got a decider you will understand on your own and and go after what you really want because it’s right for you and use that as Drive and push to make you stronger and bigger and better all right guys thank you for watching we have eric the car guy bogey from bogeys garage i’m charles humble mechanic and we’ll see you next time so i hope you enjoyed that video those two are a blast to be around super sharp and i love having those kind of conversations with them remember this is only part of the conversation nobody wants to watch three hours of the us chatting so it’s gonna be an audio-only again links to everything is down in the description guys thank you so much for watching and I’ll talk to you again next time


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