Work Experience, How to get a job as a car mechanic or technician – Car Talk in a Car #3

Work Experience, How to get a job as a car mechanic or technician – Car Talk in a Car #3


oh yeah welcome to another episode of today’s topic is how to get work experience as an automotive tech okay how to get that first job that first job to initially get that experience right to become a good tech before I get into that when I tell you a funny story about this shirt and I just noticed cuz I was looking at this hat I was wearing it right colorblind and I’m have like this really hard trouble telling certain blues and purples apart sometimes greens it’s not that I see black and white it’s that you know I I just for some reason I have trouble telling apart certain shades of color so this happened to me once before with this same shirt so I know it’s a problem he’s wearing this hat dropped my daughter off in school and everything obviously not matching but I couldn’t really tell the difference until I put it on the camera and looked at myself and then I said oh my god I’m an idiot again you know life community anyway work experience how to get that initial experience how to get that first job how to get hired how to get that job that’ll get you to start learning not to start banking very important that you understand that you want to look for a helper type job you want to stay away from those quick lube or oil change jobs right the reason for that is a lot of these places are dealerships jiffy lubes good years and all that they’ll hire you as an apprentice or as a you know starting job an entry-level job and they’ll tell you yeah yeah yeah well you’ll change oil for about six months and then we’ll move you on up on from I mix my personal experience they never actually move you they just keep you there and so you pretty much get fed up and either go in there storming pissed off hey you need to change me or you just leave and find another job that’s the reality of it I’m not saying that every place is gonna be that way but but the majority that I’ve seen that’s how it ends up working out so the job that you want to look for is a helper okay what does a helper it’s exciting it’s exactly what it’s in the name you’re gonna be under somebody’s wing usually a master tech of some sort you’re gonna be his tool bitch in shitty terms but you’re gonna be his helper you’re gonna learn here everything he’s doing you’re gonna watch you’re gonna help him and everything he needs and help him make money and in turn as you’re helping him make money they’ll teach you or she’ll teach you right how to turn wrenches and how to diagnose him and all that that’s the best way I did that I did that for two whole years and they moved me to so like four or five different texts so I learned different styles and I was really able to become my own once I was throwing it onto the line when I say the line that means an actual tech all on your own with nobody over you to take responsibility for your that’s pretty much sums that up but that’s ideally the job you want to get however these jobs do not pay they do not you usually get minimum wage maybe a few dollars over minimum wage of an hour I remember back when I was a helper I made 750 an hour and I was going to school and it was rough my school was about a 30-minute drive away from my my job and it was you it was hectic especially when I didn’t really have the money to have a good car it was rough but I got through it and then I got through a few extra years of struggle on the line and then all of a sudden I’d say three years into it including those helper years all of a sudden I just got really efficient really good like the experience finally caught up to my mind you know and I started to figure it out but that’s how long it takes at getting that first initial job it’s a pain in the ass cuz one you’re gonna take a pay cut in most cases because you’re probably already working somewhere order and if not I mean then great you’re gonna get a job but it’s not gonna pay and it’s and it’s hard work because you’re getting paid hourly and you know you’re doing manual labor so it’s hard for those three years you really have to mentally push yourself and say hey I’m trying I’m trying to learn and my honest opinion you have to have a minimum of a year under somebody minimum because it’s the best way to learn if you go in there without knowing anything you’re gonna be molded into a very shitty tech which there’s many of those around there and they don’t make much money the only way you make money in this industry and if you really want to be a pro at this is to know what you’re doing so get taught properly you know you gotta be raised from the beginning properly now I’ve written some of my blogs before that it’s pretty important to get the ASC certification now you say oh can I get the centre for cases without having a job absolutely if you’re going to a tech school and you can nail down one of all sections I can say engine repair or brakes brakes being crucial you get the brakes ASC certification before you ever even turn the wrench but you went to school you learned that you passed the test now people are gonna go crazy looking to hire you you you you’ll go to any dealership and don’t consider you just because you have a certification because they’ll be like hey at least this guy knows what he’s doing and we can mould them to be a good tech you know or mold them to be a tech we need so getting an ASE certification is definitely gonna help you get that first job but you don’t really need one to get the first job it’s just gonna help something I’ve offered to people if they can do it this is not something that just anybody can do but if you could offer your time for free at least for a few months so that they can see how hard of a worker you are that’s something you might want to consider it’s not something I would jump into right away but let’s say you’ve gone around and if I have applied to a bunch of places or you want to do something very specific and learn something very specific if that’s the case and you have this ability to do it I would go to whatever situation that it is that you want to be placed under I’m gonna have to give you an example let’s say I want to do nothing but dodge Diesel’s because I love dodged easy those are my passion I don’t like anything else diesel other than dodge these and I have a little bit of money put away that I can kind of lean on and I know that I’m gonna hustle because I’m passionate about the Dodge the Dodge diesels and I really really really want to work on Dodge Diesel’s what you could do is go to a place that specializes in dogs Diesel’s any type of shop and even maybe a dealership and just tell them hey look you may not be hiring you may not be doing anything but I’m very passionate about dogs Diesel’s and I want to offer you my time for us as a trial for the next two to three months or whatever time period you come up with just so that I can show you that I have a strong work ethic most places are not gonna disagree with that free labor that’s hard to come by really um and then in that time span you bust your ass you show them that you’re gonna be the hardest worker and that all you need is an opportunity and I guarantee once they see that value at the end of the three months you tell them hey what you think I won you know or whatever time period you gave them what you think about me they’re up they’re gonna give you an honest opinion now this is a risk because in this industry very easily somebody can tell you yeah yeah no you were good you were good bro and I just tell you to go on your way and they got the three out of three months of labor but that’s something that you have to be willing to risk and the person you’re giving this offer to you gotta kind of trust in that sense too because you don’t want that to happen to you but it’s a perfect way to get your foot into any door and then if you they don’t hire you you already have three months of that passionate experience that you want on your resume and it’s gonna help you get a job regardless um experiences is the number one thing that they look for when looking for text because experience is the best teacher other than that let’s see what else what else can you do to get that first job knowing someone is always the best I mean if you got an uncle that works at a shop ask your uncle if you could work at the shop I mean that’s the best way in through the door most most of the jobs that I’ve either provided for students or or I’ve gotten for myself has been through connections I mean yeah I could just show up in most cases in most places now because I’m certified and I have I mean I’m a master tech I have more EEOC’s than I need and I have experience so people will pick me up like nothing but it’s even easier to just call someone to be like hey you got any what you got man come on over that’s it it’s that simple but other than that that’s pretty much what you’re gonna need for work experience I’ve been sitting here in a parking lot because I wanted to finish this rap with you guys and I did I am officially home so till next time [Music] you


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