What It’s Like To Be A New Automotive Tech

What It’s Like To Be A New Automotive Tech


everybody Charles here for humble mechanic calm back again again with my good buddy rusty from bench racing garage dot-com yeah my big claim to fame is you can’t remember the neck if you put all the things I can’t remember like yeah we would be in trouble yeah it would not fit on the camera screen back again today talking about being a new technician new tech early tech we’ve kind of touched on this before like when we talked about tools oh yeah we have but I actually think I’ve posted that video yet oh by the time you’re watching this I posted that video and I’ll put a lot into it your video that past video yeah anyway before we get rolling on the new technician thing I just want to remind you guys if you’re watching on YouTube first thank you very much mash the subscribe button check out Rusty’s blog bench racing garage comm a lot of cool Trans Am stuff a lot of its Trans Am now because that’s the project du jour but a lot of it’s just just car guys they wanting to do something with liking car cool stuff in there well check it out push it bench racing garage comm you may or may not know me I’m the Volkswagen technician I talked about that yeah other stuff humble mechanic calm anywhere you see anything that we do always feel free to post a comment or a question we love that kind of stuff we are good at answering questions oh well we answer them well I think these are good though I do too but it’s all that matters right right and and but for me rusty I I have been in the car business for twenty blah-blah-blah years and I’ve been in is yes that yeah I’m gonna advisor I worked on them briefly but mainly I was an advisor and then went into service management do but kind of number side of the business but I got into the business because this is what long you’re a car guy I’m the car you got playing it simple yeah being a technician you know we were kind of bouncing around what we wanted to talk about today and I can still actually remember one of my very first few days working at the new ocean notes yeah that was 11 ish years ago Ben watch is a long time ago so between the two of us we have 30 ish yeah so let’s talk a little bit about maybe how a lot of texts get started and you know me personally I went to Universal Technical Institute in Glendale Heights Illinois I know they’ve moved to like an 800 bajillion dollars facility either really yeah apparently its state-of-the-art and incredible well we are only it’s in a secret we’re in North Carolina and so I’ve gotten a lot of guys from MIT in TN a spot at which their thanks and her sister stores rivals this was same school only there is a NASCAR of wing yeah a bit where the man talked about doing some cool stuff yeah and moderately useful learn how to change tires fast they could do that they can build race engines they get man but as it’s a good thing it wasn’t there when I was a kid cuz I just spent a lot of money doing that a lot of what a cool place though we remember play they do a good rest here sometimes yeah but UTI is nti is not the only one there’s my contact WyoTech we had a fella come from a community college right was in the automotive program so and there are thousands of community college programs out there I really missed the bond doing it in high school I think you got out like half a day yeah what a moron why didn’t I we didn’t have it all we had was woodshop woodwork my fight there’s a bench over here that I’ve made once yeah with great is that part of your racing garage yeah get it is the bench race okay yeah got it that’s not a bathroom inch let me take along the builders but there’s a million ways you can kind of there are put your foot in the door in the industry and you got the young guys who worked with their father uncle guy they knew he started a shop sweeping the floors and just kind of learned things as they went now the only danger there is you’re learning what the guy head of you is teaching you in yes what how did he learn well we’ve had the conversation of many times as you know is it easier to teach someone or unteach then reteach someone in the unit I liked it from the get-go I do too I really really do but um those schools all have their pros and cons it’s very expensive to go to a lot of those schools I mean I think they’re tweaked in like 30 grand a you’re just the basic automotive at least that UTI but there’s value in it there is value in it I mean they teach you the basics they have and when you go to one of their schools you can go on to a manufacturer school a lot of times free of charge yes which is pretty cool and then learn this specific manufacturer that you are interested in working yeah but there’s there’s a ton of ways to get into the business it’s a little difficult to work at a dealership as an apprentice because now all dealerships have a an entry-level position brag we’ve developed one fairly fairly recently at least we can evaluate what kind of person it is yes and to me that’s the big thing like if you know about cars a little bit and you know you look the part I mean I didn’t look like this on the day I got my first job obviously because I wouldn’t have gotten hired you know took me a long time to be able to earn the respect and the credibility to be able to look like however the hello yourself that’s one way to put it in order look like a schmuck for that one guy from some weird TV show that’s like some obscure yeah that’s something I meant to say in a couple earlier episodes is that you had this look before that Rizzo became like I’ve never even seen that show no I did get mistaken for that guy a lot I was in Houston but yeah yeah I signed an autograph it was hilarious I thought it was hilarious yeah but later I had I’ve had this for a Yeon so this has nothing to do so obviously there’s some sort of something about a loud show yeah yeah whatever but um you know when when you’re starting out and you’re a young technician or you want to be a technician there’s really a few key key things that that I think most either dealerships or service stations or race teams even I think they’re probably the most strict about one of the things we’re going to talk about are just generic if you only go work at a bank yeah or anywhere you if you want to be an employee right which if you don’t awesome do your own thing my man yep I get behind that all day long folks doing their own thing but look the part you don’t yeah you gotta look right you got to come in and look respectable act respectable and you have to be someone that the place that you’re going to work at is willing to teach because that’s what’s going to happen you can go to all these schools and not I’ve told you I even that went through the the basic program and then they go to the manufacturer program and then when we get them they’re like we would consider them green at that point it’s time to learn your car line and what that dealership want you to do well what that place was the expectation of run you know like your first day week month year kind of thing of what what you’re looking for I did go to one school one time looking for I got a young man in and this young guy who hadn’t graduated yet came up and he goes first question was what are you paying and I’m like what and I can tell you guys real quick if that’s your first question to a potential employer as a technician in a happening ya know in a fight no I’m gonna get paid for what I know and I’m like well what do you know well I’ve been through all these classes what you talkin about yes so 800 of the other aqwal wearing that that’s right blue shirt oh my god that’s too bad you know it’s uh we had talked in a while back about kind of new school versus old school and some of the lost skills and interviewing for a job or just all that that whole ideas probably of it is you shock him you don’t want to like stray into well where’s the job of appointments psychology or anything but just kind of what we’re talking we’re talking about guys who are interested in becoming or but the the dichotomy of the people people that come to interview or you see the guy walk in on a pair of shorts and t-shirt hey you hired and for what oh no technician oh okay I don’t know either I just decided to be a technician this was all right no no but you get a young man has come or a woman has come to me and because I have hired a female technician before by the way it comes up and says hey I love this stuff this is what I want to do for the rest of my life and I have done this this and this this and I’ve decided to go to school and you know some people may not have been able to go to a school like that ones you mentioned earlier or they maybe go attending them now but if they’re if they have invested something in their career already right I’m much more likely to invest the time and energy and money that it takes to develop them as a technician so yeah you put the work in first and then did it come see it that’s a that’s a really good advice because I think a lot of people think you know being a technician is sort of a yeah you considered a blue-collar job which a lot of people think is like a substandard job or you know you don’t need a four-year degree so immediately it’s less important than there are a lot of old stereotypes and back in the day when a lot of guys who couldn’t do anything else would go work on cars but we talk about old-school versus new-school and we’re talking about guys laying their hands on an engine saying it’s a you know a bad valve spring on cylinder eight they could get away with it they gonna wing it tell me those want razor-sharp dudes well in that yes like everything else and you know you got razor sharp guys today you got guys who just can get things done but back in their days you got to figure back in the day I’m talking about like 30s 40s 50s a lot of guys who didn’t want to do anything else they would go work on cars I think I see this flying ready but nowadays it is cuz it is a vocation I understand that and I would call it that well in the general sense of the term but it’s a fantastic vocation it is not a simple one nope you have got to be someone it I would mainly looking for people that you could probably train to be an engineer yes if you had decided to be an engineer yes you could train to be an engineer but now we’re looking at someone who wants to work on a vehicle because you know they can you know they may work on their own car make it faster but this car they can just make run better so yeah you need to look at it a little bit different so yeah it’s it’s interesting even in my you know as a technician in the same place long career but overall is a work career is fairly short seeing the difference the way people interact with me when I was a young technician versus now and I don’t necessarily mean like my skill level I mean just the overall attitude of the industry I started in o4 and it was I’d wear my work shirt home and somebody’s like oh you work on cars like they felt yeah for me yeah that’s cool you know I don’t have to sit behind a desk all day and write look at a screen and I mean I do that let me tell their car breaks down yeah well I do that all the time yeah outside but yeah you know so people would look down their nose at me and not just because I’m not very tall it’s just because you take us a while there’s a stigma there’s a stigma that if you work on cars for a living you’re you know dirty redneck or you’re a grease monkey but that’s the it takes a while for those things to change well I think what really shifted that was in oh wait oh 9 when you know the economy collapsed and the whole shift happened I think people realize that there’s a value in skills like that oh absolutely cause they don’t know you know I’m out of a job I sat behind the desk and crunch numbers into a computer all day and now a machine has replaced me yeah and I don’t know what to do yeah so no let’s say if you were a mechanical engineer or an industrial engineer or something and I’m not obviously I’m not trying to pick on anything but unless it’s whoever designed some of these oil filter setup so yeah you guys if you can take what someone does let’s say they do it if you can do it from home you can do it from India yes or Germany yeah or Zimbabwe or wherever you’re working on transportation whether or not the phrase always used when I was a recruiting and young a technician was one day we may have flying cars but by god those flying cars will be here and when they break down of course it’s a bigger deal why but they have to be fixed here right and so if they have to be fixed it then you can’t you’re not gonna ship it to in the to get some else to fix it it’s a great job right here it’s a lot it’s very similar to the vocation of plumbing or electrician or whatever it’s a very highly skilled business again you also have those guys who have gotten into it that may not be quite as talented but when you’re the good one man I think what we’ll see over the next 15 years is maybe a shift wearing a really high skill bless you my talented technician is paid more does less physical work and does more mental work and almost has an apprentice or trainee putting the parts on um I don’t know if you had seen there’s a video of the one of the new Tesla models where they drive it up and it’s all mechanical it’s all computer-controlled battery comes down batteries replaced the their sensors that line up everything you know torque settings on all the rules so to say that parts of our job won’t change om change will is you know basically it’s not responsible to not be able to look at the industry as a whole and go 30 years ago it was this way now we do 10% of that same thing the other 90 is different so what’s our 90 percent gonna look like and that’s all things really as a technician whether you’re new and it’s your first day right or whether you’ve been doing it for 10 15 years 20 years you need to understand this industry has evolved you know from 1970 to 2010 evolved XYZ amount it’s gonna be exponentially higher in the next 40 years than it was the last 40 what’s gonna happen in the future is probably a great topic for like a for our show because we for a for a second show we don’t know yeah because we agree on that yeah but when you talk about a young guy coming into the business whether I think it would be a mistake for anybody to to look at this as just a blue-collar job I think maybe technically it might qualify because you’re working on something you’re actually working for a living right but to to to take the aspect where it’s not a respectable position I think is a mistake I mean I’ve seen guys come I’ve seen guys come straight out of a school and of course they go through that first year 18 months two years and they’re you know just like that dear learn in a walk and they’re kind of wild remember those two but become very very talented technicians and then what that career has afforded them it’s fantastic oh yeah you know you guys with the toys or the houses or whatever it is they want to do a lot of them have been able to do that and achieve that because it’s a good feel like I said a lot like plumbing or electricity and thinking the way I like to explain it to people when they say oh you work on cars for a living isn’t that hard well yeah it’s hard but you know one I don’t have to sit behind and I’m not in any way trying to sell someone I’m doing this career it’s just a way to look at it yeah I don’t sit behind a desk I get to buy a buttload of tools that you know most people would be very envious of and I don’t have to have a reason to buy them I mean I do there to fix cars right except some of them just want cuz they’re cool yeah but look at it this way what happens on Saturday afternoon when your toilet stops working how much is a plumber worth Wow all of the money at that point what are they gonna do depending on the position you’re stuck well but you know a plumber is worth a ton at that point in time and it’s the same for a car what’s a technician worth when you’re on a road trip with your family and your car breaks down and you need someone to bail you out that’s who you go to so it’s you know it’s a respectable career it’s a hard career it’s a you can’t be stupid yeah I mean you can be but you’ll be bad and you’ll be ran out of the industry very very soon so you know when when a technician says I’ve been doing this for six years they’re probably a pretty sharp person yeah they probably have to be or at least if they’re in a decent place to work yes but getting back to our original topic is this like is this a good career for a young man to go into or young woman to go to I think it’s fantastic it’s worked really well for me yeah I think it’s phenomenal and like I said whether we’re working on all electrics later on or not but somebody’s got to fix it it doesn’t matter it’s a hovercraft somebody’s got to fix it um turbine I don’t think we headed the turbine but that could be cool they actually built one the sixties do that turbine car yeah the only problem is it wasn’t the Batmobile it would just melt the windshield that’s his problem not yours yeah but either way if you’re working on these things the reason I think is I find it respectful is that not everybody can do it not everybody has the aptitude to do it not everybody in the industry can do it that’s trying to do it that that’s true and a lot of images are that way but if you have the aptitude to be good at this man you can just about write your own ticket do you know I would agree that that’s it I would agree so when when a new tech stars you’ve seen a ton of new technicians come through through over the years how do you how can you explain their first day like they’ve got this really great job and you know they’ve secured it in a beautiful dealership or a beautiful service station and they roll their little toolbox in and now they just stand there like what do I do I have heard dozens of other service managers talk about baby stepping a technician into work now we’re gonna baby step for the first few days just because the guy needs to know where the bathrooms at and what is policies procedure and I have timeclock and blah blah all that kind of how to work the computer so you baby step through that but when it comes time for him to start turning wrenches on the car I am of the mindset while I am carrying this new child because at this point most technicians aren’t on like a flat rate system no there yeah without really and they’d starve I mean they die yeah I guess the best analogy is throwing the Kate into the deep end of the pool because they’re gonna have to run out of swim I want them to start working on bigger things now there are some steps to get that but I want them on the biggest thing they can possibly do as soon as they can do it with guidance not by themselves but with guidance and the reason is they get that deer in the headlights look that they pulling a dash out of a car oh my god you know I didn’t think I was gonna be doing this a year billions yeah right you know I hope you can hear that that that’s their mindset so if with guidance you can get them through that massive hurdle and then get the car put back together and with guidance it’s right yep the what’s his first thought gonna be I can do this I did it yet I can’t believe it I did it that and I learned this process along the way because to be honest with you the schools teach these guys how to do brakes and oil changes and belts and hoses and scanning like I said you learn a lot of theory in those schools the theory or the theory of you know how XYZ component works or the theory a can bus communication and you don’t actually do the work yeah you learn about the world you learn about how to do the work and now let me ask you a question would you rather me if you were a new guy right now would you rather me baby step you up from minor service to a middle service to a major service and it may be a timing belt and then a rotation and doing tires and alignments and then three months from now when you go on a flat rate or six months however long it takes then you start hitting the hard jobs which one makes more sense I think for me like knowing what I know now immediately I would say give me the hardest stuff you got right you know back then I think I would have been like uh you know I just let me get a well maybe you know let me figure out where the bathroom is and and you would even said you know that’s not gonna be day one stuff it doesn’t maybe week one or we don’t want to talk about within a month maybe I would like to get all of the hard things out of the way so that I knew when I go on flat-rate when I’m not just paid hourly and I’m paid by the job I’ve done big jobs so I know I can do them it may take me a while right but I’d rather that take me a while while you’re paying me hourly then I got to worry about am I gonna get a paycheck this week because I took a job you know job took me three days that should have taken me six hours yeah so I’m kind of with you on that one Chuck them in the deep end because if you can’t get out of a gun you have someone that can help you through it there’s someone to answer questions and bail you out of jams but if you’re too scared to do this job while there’s there’s nothing financially for your paycheck on the line right there still I mean its customers car you know dealership reputation and technician reputation all that but while there’s nothing financially for you on the line you know what makes you think that when there is something financially on the line and you’re pushed and you’re stressed out because you know you work three days and you only made 20 hours and now you got to make up your time yeah how do you think that that’s gonna transfer over they’ll be times it would be tough be tough but if you think about this way let’s say the average entry-level guy you’re caring for for three to four months in that time he has probably had three or four of those major projects so even though each of those projects is different he’s learning the same thing on each one and that is his process absolutely his processes yeah his prosthetic it apart make sure you don’t just you don’t grab all those bolts and throw them into a bag if you you either put them back in the holes are gonna go to or you package them or somehow or no they bloom in a plastic bag whatever you need to do somehow or another you’re marking you’re creating your process that the this bolt goes back in this hole when I go to put it back together so and a lot of that’s like even an aptitude that they would have had to have before they came to the dealership because as someone that’s trained technicians I can say make sure you label all that stuff I think you can teach that I think that’s something that’s teachable I think you can fine-tune it yeah but I think teaching that actual craftsmanship mentality or aptitude it’s tough right it has to be the one in 1 million person that didn’t grow up doing this stuff hasn’t doesn’t have it like in their DNA almost yeah that you can actually teach that person well yeah there there are variable very varied very very ways but there are different ways to achieve that I think so we talked about ok what I expect on the first day yep nothing just show up please be on time and don’t look like a schmuck yeah don’t talk a lot don’t try to impress us yep no one cares what you probably don’t know anything yeah the first week we’re gonna get you into another call it stretching exercises you start doing some calisthenics right right some some some minor stuff right and then we’re gonna kind of challenge you within the first month we’re definitely gonna challenge it within the first month now let’s say let’s say we carry this person for six months because they took a little extra teaching at some point it’s sink or swim yes so we got to put you on the line and we’re going to put you on the line not because you know everything in six months it nobody does there’s too much to the learning curve is to see years I don’t know anything out there No well not everything you don’t or anything but some days it feels like I don’t know anything yeah to be honest with you a new technician even having gone through all these schools having seen enough of them now doesn’t really start becoming a fully grown tech until about 18 months I think that’s a very accurate number yeah I’ve seen that and it in course of Barry’s with the person right but on average I’d say it’s about 18 months I think there’s levels of like getting your feet under you know people talk about getting your sea legs kind of getting your technician legs we’re at six months you’re like okay I get what’s gonna happen most every day that I come to work right and then a year you’re like okay I get what’s gonna happen most every day and I feel for the most part I can warm my way out I dig my way out of it but but at eighteen months to two years you’re like okay there’s first of all in 18 to 2 years 18 months or two years a lots changed since your first day you know the industry so you’ve being new you’re usually better adept to keeping up with those changes right you know okay I don’t know everything what but I know how to find answers I know where to go if I don’t know I started to develop my you know work process diagnostic process whatever process I don’t feel like there’s some anything out there that I can’t get through right and it may not be fun and you may spend four times longer getting through it but you’re gonna get through it and I think at two years ish is when that idea really clicks like I can fix cars right and early on when we kept saying earlier with guidance with guidance usually you should have someone teaching yes monitoring what you’re doing yeah it’s it’s a mentorship thing right you have to have that but what you don’t want to do as the mentor II is I don’t know what I do what do I do now well what did you look up I didn’t look up anything I have this fault code what do I fix right not what you have to do is at this strong advice for a new guy is you go exhaust everything that you know how to do and then you bring that to your mentor and at that point he will tell you okay you really didn’t need to do this because blah blah blah right expert but if you bring me information it’s like it’s like calling a technical assistance hotline or something okay you brought me this information now I can you have done this this this and this now you’re stuck okay you haven’t done something obviously there’s something else to do to fix the car so that’s what your mentors there to do but you don’t want to just go do it so to do what do I do now did you ever do homework as a kid rarely but did you ever ask your mom mom how do I spell this and she said look it up in the dictionary right if I knew how to do it if I yeah I’m not about to look it up right so it’s kind of that mentality yeah why should I tell you what you need to do when you’ve done nothing tough love the same thing it’s tough yeah listen you know it’s a lot like raising a kid it’s a lot like raising it have you heard stories about the parents doing the homework with the kids and it’s it’s not a good kids not learning terrible it yeah I haven’t been able to help my kids they’re in third grade then at that point they had already does more homework but I did that now right sorry honey but yeah you know it’s and that could probably be a whole wormhole to go down of you know what technician should do to get help and not to get help but I think there’s like really some some basic things that every young technician really needs to bring to the table initially ya know you don’t know everything and that if you think you know everything you probably know less than everyone else Rose know that you drive act yeah you know you need to look the part yeah I mean technicians are fortunate that they can look what’s traditionally considered less professional you know if if it’s not it’s not a suit-and-tie job all right so you don’t have to fit the suit and tie right but you can’t smell terrible no I mean you have to take the offensive you have to have a clean language you can’t mess up the car you’re working in a heavy plane you have to be clean you have to be aware yeah sometimes you have to go back and clean after your so I have had to do that on multiple occasions where you’re like I didn’t know I had that spot of this on my shoe crap or I don’t know if I left this spot of grease but I’m gonna clean it I’ll get blamed yeah so you have to look the part and I think for me you know we talked a bit about craftsmanship and aptitude you have to have that you really have to have that in your DNA or you’re gonna be someone that’s a parts replacer yeah someone that’s probably not a good parts replacer you know there are places in the industry for those folks but to be honest with you if you want to be respected and you know it’s like anything else it’s a it’s a little bit like high school you know you there’s a lot of peer pressure inside a shop but if you yeah I wish I could whistle that because that would a more impactful whistle right but to be respected by the guys you work with you need to be more than a partial placement now for that young technician and then I’ll ask you this question within that first year how many times did you question whether you’d made the right decision or not I would say back then everything I did I questioned because I wasn’t confident I hadn’t you know I hadn’t seen this problem 800 times or I haven’t used this information to come to a conclusion a bunch of time so early on it was all the time is this really what this car needs am I wasting a customer’s money is this a warranty job that I shouldn’t be doing because it’s not the right repair and I’m gonna have to put a different you know another part or do something else to fix it but as time goes on and you see more issues the positive is you really develop this gut feeling right you know I think we had talked about it a few shows ago where you develop the gut feeling and you look at something you’re like that’s right you know you can tell whether a drivability concern is up to train you though that’s a trained gut that is a gut that you earn that’s that you’re right if it’s not you find yourself – right listen – because it’s easy to just like in life it’s easy to you know the hair stand up on the back of your neck and you think yeah we alright then you get mugged right you know it’s it’s something you have to listen to and pay attention to because you know the information right and one thing that I found that really challenges me is going to training sessions with other guys that you know you hear their stories and they’ve been doing it for 20 years and you feel like a rookie next to these fools because they know everything so they say right and you know just ask them but yeah they’ll tell you so you listen to the way they talk and they remember technical bulletins and torque specs and I’m thinking man I can’t remember any of that crap and then you getting into a you know like a bug car or a problem car with these other guys and they’re like well I don’t really know what to do I’m like you don’t know what to do let’s do something right you know Pope I don’t know right check the fuses it’s easy what’s fast you know so early on yeah I questioned everything because I didn’t I wasn’t sure right nowadays it still happens I still question repairs that I make because I’ve exhausted all of the other possibilities so it’s really the only thing that makes sense what is it Occam’s razor is that the right yeah okay awesome Holcomb Rock’em somebody that’s a yeah it’s like Arkham I’m Batman I don’t think that’s as simple the simple solution is the best right so we’re definitely correct how’s it going remember hello you don’t bring it up you gotta have it did I brought up what I did so I makes me sound smart that’s all I’m into so if you do something and you go okay I’ve exhausted all these other possibilities and my gut tells me this is a fuse problem but a fuse is good what else in that circuit could it be fuse panel like that fuse panel I had I think I posted a picture on facebook of you know massive wires of a fuse panel that I had to repin and the whole time I’m doing the job I’m like uh is this gonna fix it is this gonna fix it can’t really be anything else but I guess it could you know you could pull the magic silver bullet on the the computer box but that’s like a thousand dollars so so if you’re questioning yourself now as a young technician they’re gonna question themselves every move they make I hope they are right my point was originally what them would be that’s normal yeah you expect that if you don’t question what you’re doing either you’re incredible right or you’re incredibly arrogant right and you really don’t know what you’re so it’s there it’s normal it because it’s learning it’s a learning curve oh that’s why if my expectations are low at the beginning and they grow based on the progression of the nuga right so but that’s that’s just how life works yep I think the one thing texts get caught up in new guys is you know they’re they’re new in the industry and they think I got to get a snap-on toolbox and I got to have $100,000 worth of special cool guy high test tools and the truth of the matter is I think I started with a craftsman box that I got for like 700 bucks yeah you don’t have to I mean you need your basic hand tools because the shop doesn’t have general handles but we have we have the special tools that we may need you know I think our deal our place has $400,000 in special tool it is not cheap though a lot of money but they’re weird tools in most instance yes one one function tools single file where they all function as a piece for the press I think every every piece no matter what they’re made of yeah yeah the multi tool has oppressed me yes but but you need to have the basic saying but you don’t have to go break the bank to get the basics now if you have to borrow a tool twice then put it on your list yes yeah gosh guys you guys stay off the tool truck yeah seriously Wow I’ve seen dudes go into five thousand dollars in debt like it has its place you have you have to have the proper tools to do your job but you don’t have to have them your first day no you don’t have to have him to go get sweet ten thousand dollars with the day the first day or the tool box the size of a truck yeah or a school bus anything else on the new guys um attitude 90% of be on time higher attitude training skill look like that’s me you’re halfway decent yeah you don’t know everything you probably don’t know anything yeah just assume you don’t know any thats a better better side to take of the road be willing to learn yeah you know don’t get mad when someone asks you to mop a floor no I did it be willing to help you know offer your help I would say one last piece of advice if you find yourself with nothing to do no cars to work on your bays clean get with the guy next to you and see what they’re doing help them out even if it’s balancing their tires for them right or the relationship in the shop you know you you’ll need them eventually you as a young technician need the other guys in the shop yeah they don’t need you because they’ve been doing it before you came along but you need help and don’t be able to they pretty good afraid to ask for it yeah is that English that’s second part was yeah yeah alright guys if you’re a new tech post a comment on the on the comment section a question what try to answer yeah I think this is an area that I remember very clearly you know being an early technician and coming up in my career and some of the the hard lessons that I learned seen a lot of them seen a lot of other guys make mistakes that I learned from which was funny you know you’re gonna learn a lot from watching the guys do it wrong too so that I’ve seen guys do a write up saying gotta do it wrong I watched people in the position that I’m in now the people I used to work for I’ve seen guys do it right and I’ve seen guys do it wrong and I’m you know that got that led me to be the person that I am now and if you’re in a shop just starting out aligning yourself with the guy that’s good yeah not the guy that sucks because they suck and not always the nicest go no usually the best guy in the shops probably not the nicest target so you know really really align yourself with the person in the shop that is the most successful maybe not just in ours but in overall skill overall repair ability if you got to take them out for a beer I think that’s 15 bucks well spent yeah anything else a lot of its common sense yeah don’t be a schmuck don’t be a schmuck yeah yeah well guys I think we’re gonna wrap up there again 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