Automotive Service Technician

Automotive Service Technician


I’ve always been interested in cars,
so I picked Automotive Technician.
It’s kind of a good hands-on feel
if you like seeing how things work
take things apart, put them back together.
So, I was able to pull a whole
transmission out of the car
pull the clutch out of the car, put
the clutch back in, put the transmission back in.
Be able to understand exactly how the gears work,
how to take the gears apart, replace gears if needed.
Put everything pretty much back into the car
and understand the inner workings of the car.
Our shop has got state of the art equipment.
The hoists and all the equipment is new.
We do have these, several state of the art scan
tools and diagnostic pieces of equipment.
It’s a clean, modern environment.
A lot of times it’s a passion.
These students are passionate about,
you know, working on something;
taking something that isn’t working
and making it work again.
[To Student] “Now, you want to take these
and tighten them up. Snug.”
I picked the program because I knew that
they had new and good equipment at the school.
And that I work in the afternoons
and it starts in the morning and ends at one.
So, it worked out very well with my work schedule.
It has gotten more complex, of course, with the introduction of all the computers,
onboard computers, and the electronics.
It’s something where you’re constantly learning.
They basically rebuild cars from the ground up,
frame all the way up, with the exception of body.
They did the engine, they redid the transmissions and
everything under the hood and their cars were fine-tuned even though the cars were ten-years-old.
The more I’ve gotten into it,
the more my curiosity has grown.
It’s kind of the more you learn,
the more you want to know.


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