Day in the Life of an Automotive Technician

Day in the Life of an Automotive Technician


>>SEAN: I DO KNOW ABOUT YOU
GUYS, BUT MOST THINGS IN LIFE
I’M A DO-IT-YOURSELFER.
WHETHER I’M SUCCESSFUL OR NOT,
I DON’T KNOW.
BUT WHEN IT COMES TO MY CAR
UNH-UNH (NEGATIVE).
>>JIMMY: A LONG TIME AGO I
HAD A 60 4/2 TESTING.
I COULD GETUNDER THE HOOD OF
THAT THING .
I COULD DO AIR FILTER.
WHATEVER THESE DAYS WITH
COMPUTERS I’M NO GOOD.
>>LISA: THAT’S WHY IT’S GOOD
TO HAVE A SON WAS A MECHANIC.
>>SEAN: NOT ALL OFUS ARE THAT
LUCKY .
WHAT I HAVE A NEWFOUND RESPECT
FOR WHICH ARE SON DOES AND IN
TODAY’S DAY IN THE LIFE I SPENT
THE LIFE AND I FOUND OUT WHAT
ITTAKES TO BE ONE OF THEIR
AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN .
SOME PEOPLE LIKE WORKING WITH
NUMBERS.
OTHERS WITH WORDS AND THEN
THERE ARE THOSE WHO’D LOVE
WORKING WITH THEIR HANDS.
SOME PEOPLE LIKE THE IDEA OF
DOING SOMETHING WITH THEIR
HANDS ACTUALLY PHYSICALLY DOING
SOMETHING INLEARNING THE TECH
KNOWLEDGE HE BEHIND IT .
FOR THESE PEOPLE A CAREER AS AN
AUTOMOTIVESORT OF TECHNICIAN
MAY BE THE PERFECT FIT .
>> THE SKILL LEVEL WITH THE
NEW CARS AND TO DIAGNOSE THE
VEHICLE PROPERLY IS GOTTO BE
SKILLED .
>> THIS IS THE SERVICE MANAGER
AT GMC.
HE SAYS HIS TECH RUSSIAN CAN
COME IN WITH A VARIETY OF
THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADVANCE
THEIR CAREER WHERE REALLY BIG
ON THE TRAINING ASPECT OF IT.
WE LIKE TO GIVE THE YOUNG
PERSON A TRAINING AND A WAY TO
LOOK FORWARD IN THEIR CAREER, A
LONG-TERM CAREER.
IT’S NOT JUST APART-TIME OR
TEMPORARY JOB .
>> THEY ALSO HAVE AN
APPRENTICE PROGRAM WHERE THEY
TEAM UP A BEGINNER TECH RUSSIAN
WITH AN EXPERIENCED VETERAN
LIKE DOUG WILSON.
TALK IS A WORLD-CLASS
TECHNICIAN FOR GENERAL MOTORS.
THIS EXPLAINS WHAT THE FOLKS
FELT COMFORTABLE IN LETTING ME
DO AN OIL CHANGE UNDER HIS
SUPERVISION.
>> YOU GOT TO TAKE A YEAR OF
AUTO TECH IN HIGH SCHOOL.
PERSONALLY I DON’T RECOVER TOO
MUCH FROM IT.
I REMEMBER THE BASICS WHEN IT
COMES TO CHANGING THE OIL.
THE FIRST THING WE HAVE TO DO
IS GET IT UP OFF THE GROUND.
>> YES.
WE’VE GOT TO PLACE THE LIFT
UNDER THE FRAME.
ANDYOU SLIDE THISUNDERNEATH THE
FRAME .
>> THIS IS THE FRAME .
>> THAT’S THE FRAME.
JUST LIKE THAT.
PERFECT.
>> I DON’T WANT THIS TO FALL
ON MY HEAD.
THIS IS THE OIL PAN.
>> RIGHT.
AND THERE’S A TRAIN PLUG WHICH
WILL TAKE OUT.
HERE IS YOUR WRENCH TO TAKE IT
OFF WITH.
>> ALL RIGHT.
SO I’M TAKING OFF THIS?
>> RIGHT THERE.
YES.
YOU’VE GOT TO PULLPRETTY HARD.
>> DO YOU ALWAYS CHANGE THE T.
FILTER ON THE OIL AT THE SAME
TIME?
>> YES
>> I’M GOING TO MOVE OVER
HERE.
THIS IS A FILTER WRENCH RIGHT
HERE.
AM I DOING SOMETHING WRONG?
>> YOU HAVE TO PULL IT BACK.
THERE YOU GO.
IS GOING TO TRAIN FOR A LITTLE
BIT.
>> ONCE ALL THE OIL DRAIN, WE
REPLACE THE DRAIN PLUG AND PUT
ON A NEW FILTER.
>> PUT A LITTLE BIT OF OIL
AROUND THE SEAL.
THAT MAKES A GOOD SEALTHAT WAY.
THAT’S PERFECT.
THAT WILL MAKE A GOOD SEAL WHEN
YEAH.HEN TURN IT AROUND..
JUST LIKE THAT.
TITAN AND JUST UNTIL IT IS SNUG
UP.
BRING THE LEVER OUT STRAIGHT.
>> WHILE THE TRUCK WAS ON THE
LIFT, WE INSPECTED THE
UNDERCARRIAGE.
>> IF YOU DON’T SEE ANYTHING
WRONG .
>> ROTATED THE TIRES, CHECKED
ONCE THE CAR WAS BACK ON SOLID
GROUND, WE CHECKED THE FLUID
LEVELS.
>> YEP.
IT’S FULL.
>> IT’S A DIRTY JOB BUT
SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT.
ALMOST FORGOT THAT WE HAD TO
PUT THEOIL BACK IN .
>>.
[LAUGHTER].
THAT WOULD BE CATASTROPHE.
>> THAT’S WHY YOU’RE HERE.
>> AT.
>> NOW AS YOU CAN TELL WE DID
A LOT MORE THAN CHANGE THE OIL.
INSPECTION WHICH IS MAINLY AN
INSPECTION IT’S MORE FOR OUR
CUSTOMERS TO UNDERSTAND THAT
WE’RELOOKING OUT FOR THEM.
WERE GOING TO CHECK EVERY CAR .
FOR GOING TO RUN THE VAN AND
SEE IF THERE’S ANY OPEN
CAMPAIGNS OR RECALLS JUST A
SAFETY THING.
WE’RE GOING TO CHECK THAT AS A
COURTESY, TO ASK WHERE PRETTY
MUCH DONE WITH YOU ALL CHANGE.
HOW DIDI DO?
>> YOU DID GREAT.
>> DO WE REBUILD AN ENGINE .
>> WE CAN .
NEXT TIME.
>>JIMMY: WELL.
GOOD JOB.
>>LISA: YEAH.
>>SEAN: I MUST SAY, I AM
PROUD OF MY WORK DOUG WAS
BEHIND ME MAKING SURE I DIDN’T
ANYTHING UP AND HE WALKED ME
THROUGH EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.
>>JIMMY: WOW.
>>SEAN: IF YOU THINK YOU
WOULD ENJOY A CAREER AS AN
AUTOMOTIVE TECH ISSUE, SHANE
SAYS THEY ARE HIRING.
>>LISA: I GUESS WE ARE
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