My Life as an Automotive Technician

My Life as an Automotive Technician


a background in automotive I think opens a lot of doors you could be a service rider you could sell parts you could be a mechanic you could even teach if you wanted to my name is Stephanie and this is my life as an automotive technician I I grew up and I went to school in Waller County my mother was a single mother there was this one time my mother was volunteering on the ambulance crew and found out that the firefighters were going to set a car on fire and practice putting it out and she asked could she have the car and we drove that around for years high school was kind of hard I didn’t it wasn’t that easy for me I I did take an automotive class while I was there and I had a lot of fun in that but as a general student I wasn’t really good I thought I might want to be a nurse and I signed up at the local community college and my first two classes were an English writing class and a world civilization class like I said it wasn’t a very good student as I really hated it I’ve left the several years had passed and I had had my son and I knew to provide for him better than had it I needed a job that was secure that was a career that I could grow in and so I had taken that automotive class in high school and it had really appealed to me at the time so I found out about Lincoln Technical Institute in Fort Worth and they had no problem signing me up and I did real good yeah I received a certificate in my field and so it was 12 months and each month was a different class I took automatic transmissions one month and then the next one would be the engine tearing that down it was really fun I really enjoyed it a lot I just immediately went out and started to get a job I thought now that I had my education and my little tools I was going to be a mechanic and I had started out doing oil changes and tire rotations and so I would get frustrated and leave and so I bounced around to a few different companies before I finally got to Toyota and realized they told me I had to do oil changes and tire rotations too so I really okay you have to work up and so I’ve been with Toyota ever since and I’ve worked up since then to be a lineman mechanic like I wanted to be Toyota’s really good about training so they’re like online we have a username and a password and we’d like you to complete these training classes online it taught you generally about Toyota’s and the equipment they use and so I did all of those because I knew that to progress up the ladder I needed to complete those I’ve got to be an apprentice to another mechanic and that’s when I started to get ASE certifications and and since then I’ve become a mechanic Toyota also sent me to instructor-led classes which we rode i generally deal with used cars trying to figure out what all they need and get them ready to be sold I also though sporadically get customer complaints when their radio stops work on a Bluetooth door locks don’t work I get smaller problems because I just started but it’s still really good the basis to diagnose any car is to hook up the computer and see what’s going on in the car’s computer I work alone but there’s so many guys around me that if I have any issues they’re all really helpful it can be frustrating when you first get out of school because you have to start like I said change the oil and doing tire rotations it’s just the way that is and a lot of people may get frustrated with that but I would encourage them to stick with it and work up they really will notice your hard work and you really will start climbing up the ladder I would tell them that even if they didn’t like high school even if they weren’t a good student and they’re really glad to be out of school that there are technical schools out there that are short-term you can do hands-on work that you’d only been at three-year and you come out with a certificate for that field the job at Toyota has really been life-changing because I’ve been able to do things with my son that I wasn’t able to do younger we visited every single place around where I live the trampoline parks the movie theaters or good restaurants we visited everywhere when parents say to their child that they would like them to go to college it’s it’s not so much about the college it’s about they want your child to have a good and successful life and provide for their family and be good members of society and you can absolutely do that with the technical school education and it can be a long career for you what are you up for [Music]


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