Opportunities and Challenges of Automotive Industry. Feat. Humble Mechanic and EricTheCarGuy

Opportunities and Challenges of Automotive Industry. Feat. Humble Mechanic and EricTheCarGuy


hey guys so what I’m about to show you in just a few moments is a small piece of a much larger conversation that I had about a month ago with Charles the humble mechanic and eric the car guy if you don’t know either of them make sure you check out the links below and give them a follow and check out some of their great video content as well we had about a two hour long conversation about the automotive industry some of the challenges facing it some of the challenges facing kids who are just starting out and becoming technicians and kind of shared our stories about how we got into the industry I do want to acknowledge that it is a sponsored video but I did go to UTI that was my background and I’m a huge fan of trade schools in general so this was a natural partnership and really this was authentic conversation between Charles and Eric and I and I think we would have had the same conversation even if it hadn’t been sponsored we’ve got links to Universal Technical Institute below as well if you are interested in finding out more make sure you check them out if you’re interested in hearing the whole thing Charles was kind enough to put that into an audio-only podcast it’s actually for individual podcasts I’ll have the link below so you can check those out with that I’m gonna shut up and let you watch the video and we’ll talk about it a little bit more on the flip side 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 but 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 I 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 a rolled-up change $10 it was all I had what about you what’s relate more to you right 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 kid like 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 was like and I got out of the car and I opened up the boot to look at the engine and I was you know pretending like I knew what I was doing I didn’t 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 best at 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 had 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 you we had a does that system which is awesome not every place has that most don’t most and that and that’s right most don’t so but you know what you’re 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 tech 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 do you write and that is at the end of the day how bad do you want it you’re good if you want it bad enough you’re gonna get there no matter what obstacles are in your place I personally feel like if I wanted that bad and I can remove some of those obstacles then a man don’t make it harder on yourself in the past 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 there’s 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 ten 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 alright 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 cuz you’ll never make it back you’ll always be poured and work hard and what are your thoughts on that there’s no industry in the world where you get out of school and your leg boom 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 an 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 against that because people have to do it I like fries it just wasn’t satisfying but 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 an infinite number it’s amazing and there’s 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 after my it 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 do them in the city fleet it’s hungry for people that have amazing benefits hungry for technics 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 however there’s there’s just a gazillion a gazillion different ways that you can be involved in the automotive and also mentioned where that and I say to a lot of not just automotive but also diesel yes diesel I mean and equipment 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 and the 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 everyday that make our country operate like work actually it’s we’re 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 seems like a really dumb thing to do you want that’s what you want for career as opposed to a job then that may fit the bill he’s my nephew 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 do experience that but I think that’s a big differentiator than anything in life is it a is it a punching of the clock or is it a career because this what you want and that’s gonna determine it’s more 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 them 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 could relate them and 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 yeah 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’d 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 that’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 say I 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 help 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 well I hope you enjoyed that remember it’s a very small piece of a much larger conversation if you liked this little snippet and you have two hours to kill or you have a couple of half-hour segments of time to kill he’s got it broken down for you you can check out all of our crazy banter and back and forth there’s a lot of great conversation that unfortunately we couldn’t fit in a small video I’d love to hear anything you have to say about this this is an incredibly complicated set of topics and I know there’s a lot of different opinions out there on it so who knows maybe comments you have might turn into more videos in the future and more conversation so we can keep this whole conversation going hit like hit subscribe comments below


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