Technician vs Mechanic -ETCG1

Technician vs Mechanic -ETCG1


greetings viewers eric the car guy here also known as etcd one on this here channel here on e TCG when we talk about stuff we don’t do repair videos so please don’t leave comments about why this is not a repair video instead go to the description click the link to the eric the car guy channel go there and watch repair videos go on go on for the rest of you sticking around welcome to the conversation and if it’s your birthday happy birthday today’s topic comes to us from the suggestion box like many topics have been coming from these days i’ll put a link in the description to that just in case you have a suggestion of your own but this one comes from JJ robs 399 i think i said that correctly because i can’t always read my handwriting that well and what he had suggested was doing a video about the difference between mechanics and technicians yes there is a difference to some degree and i would say i can easily sum it up visually by mechanics technicians so mechanics was mostly use these technicians would mainly use these and yes of course they would use both because there is some crossover between the two but similar to the medical profession auto repair has specialists and some of those specialists specialize in certain things like electronics and performance diagnosis and i would refer to those people more as technicians and especially with the proliferation of computers in modern vehicles there are several computers in fact I think in summer Sadie’s there’s something like 90 different computers that are all talking to each other and a complete network of them that all work together to get you down the road from point A to point B there’s all kinds of electronic systems and those electronic systems those computers they get handled and addressed differently than say the mechanical systems of that vehicle yes the electronics are most likely tied into those mechanical systems but the person that is going to work on those systems I think there’s a differentiation between those two your mechanics are mostly doing tire and lube work that type thing or or basic mechanical work and in ours transmission aren’t ours but then when you get into the fine minutia of things when you start breaking it down take for instance somebody that might rebuild an automatic transmission I would put them more on the technician side then then the mechanic side particularly modern automatic transmissions have a lot of electronic controls that need to be considered during the rebuild also I like an automatic transmission rebuilding to brain surgery it’s one of the most complicated complex mechanical systems on the vehicle and as I mentioned a lot of electronics so even though that might be a mechanical device I would put somebody who specializes in automatic transmission more in the technician category and I’m not trying to put an intelligence cap on this so to speak because you can be extremely intelligent and very mechanically inclined taking things apart for instance there’s a certain art to that there’s a certain finesse to that and I’m not saying technicians are capable of it and I’m not saying mechanics aren’t capable of technical work what I’m saying is you tend to specialize and you might your forte might be taking things apart and putting them back together let’s face it doing an engine job you’re taking hundreds of things apart and putting hundreds of things back together and at times it’s a miracle that it gets back together and it runs at all that takes a great deal of mechanical skill and like I said not to take anything away from the mechanic and talking about their intelligence I’m talking more in general terms as far as the people who would be considered technicians over the people who be considered mechanics these days I would argue and I’m going to put it to the group here that all people working in the mechanical fields should be referred to as technicians and I say that’s because of those electronics that I spoke of earlier and the proliferation of those and just about everything and it seems like even even using your radio your instrument cluster all seems to have some kind of control unit that’s tied in to even doing a brake job sometimes these days bleeding a brake system you need one of these on some vehicles in order to bleed the brakes out of that’s something that you would normally consider a mechanical repair well guess what it becomes a technical repair if you’re adding things like high-end scan tools into them it’s not necessarily the highest end scan tool but it illustrates my point and it’s the scam tool that I have so stop being all picky about that kind of thing the point I’m trying to make here is that modern vehicles require a technicians point of view or a technicians touch even though it’s mechanical work as I said just in the case of many brake systems bleeding the brakes that type of thing you may run into situations where you need to break out scan tools or other technical equipment to do a mechanical repair or a mechanical service so yeah it’s hard to say who’s a mechanic and who’s a technician these days but the distinction that I’m making is there there are still people even in that electronic universe there are still people out there that specialize in certain things specialize in perhaps the mechanical or repair over say the electronics the computer controls that type of thing so to make a long story long that’s my point that’s that’s what I’m putting out to you the group as the discussion here that’s that’s my take on the difference between a mechanic and a technician and once again I’d like to say I vote that all of us working in the mechanical field these days professionally should be considered technicians because of the kind of things that we deal with even oil changes sometimes some of those outies you can’t even access a drain plug you got a hook up special machine to suck it all out through the dipstick tube you know we’ve talked about this in other videos the the advents and the technologies and the engineering that are going into vehicles today are very different and we’re having to adapt to these things and because I’m throwing everybody under that umbrella of being a technician I think the patient and I think we should be treated as such I think we should be treated as the same people that do technical work in other fields yeah I know fat chance fat chance that anybody’s going to get a raise but if it were up to me I’d give you all raises because you all deserve it in my eyes because of the type of work you do the stress you deal with and all the other BS that comes into your life as a result of being an automotive technician well I I’m going to put this discussion out to the group and see what your take is on it once again like I said I’ll put a link in the description to the suggestion box there’ll also be a link down there for a discussion about this video and feel free to comment subscribe and rate as well do that you know give me the thumbs up I like that outside of that if you have automotive questions that were not addressed in this video I would ask the over to air cargo comm there’s a welcome video there to let you know about all of our amazing features to help you with automotive issues should you have them if you wish to connect me socially I can be found on Google+ Facebook Twitter and now Instagram I post ET c g1 videos on Monday so this will stop back and see me then and I close each of my videos be safe have fun stay dirty technician or mechanic you decide


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