Any?

Im 18 fresh out of high school and im interested in the repair industry, im currently working at my local Home depot.

Im stuck in between becoming either a
>heavy equipment mechanic
>aircraft
>diesel truck / cummins power stroke/ duramax
>or a boat mechanic
I live in florida.

What advice can you wrenchers give me on what to choose out of the bunch ,
You know some pros and cons.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Boat mechanic

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      the people in any industry that do a lot of the work, make less money. There's a lot of money in boat repairs, but that doesn't trickle down to the mechanics. Sort of like how there's a lot of money in hotel ownership, but the lady who cleans the room isn't paid like a hotel owner. A boat mechanic can make good money.
      They do this by opening a shop, or working at a shop long enough to be the top dog in that shop. Entry level mechanics in any industry don't make a lot of money. Fact is, there's a lot of really bad mechanics out there (in all industries) and no one pays them well until they prove their a good mechanic. People assume that because something costs a lot of money, the people that work on those things must also make a lot of money but it doesn't scale. I used to work at a Bentley dealer. The parts counter person made less than the parts people at our sister store that sold Toyota. The techs started at the same pay as a Kia tech. The cars sale prices were high, but the margins were low, so the salespeople made less than Honda salespeople. Getting in to a luxury industry doesn't guarantee a luxury paycheck.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Don't destroy your body being a tradie. Don't make what should be a fun hobby into your job.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Don't make what should be a fun hobby into your job
      I don't know about that. I'm an electrician and I love going to work. The only part I don't like is occasionally being forced to interact with morons. I think if your fun hobby is a job, it makes the work a lot more enjoyable.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        i'm the opposite. did two weeks at a local garage and despised it. that's how i found out that i like wrenching on my own shit, in my own time, at my own pace

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >I'm an electrician and I love going to work

        I'm thinking of going back to school to train as an electrician. What's a good field. I live out in the boonies; but there are decent sized cities within commuting range.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Despite what everyone says. Trades are being flooded with new people and work is becoming less available.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Gee I guess I should just kill myself then

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This. Working on cars is a great HOBBY but makes for a terrible fricking job. Every kid I went to trade school with now is either heavily sipping on parts truck copium debt/working shit dealership jobs or now going back to school to get out of the industry as they know what the future of cars is gonna look like.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Airplane mechanics (AME) are always in demand and they're simple to work on. If you do go that route spend the extra money to get you inspection authority (IA). From there you can do single and multi engine piston aircraft and eventually move up to turbine. If you really want to, go into helicopters and make more money and always have job security.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      got lucky and went into wide bodies straight out of school with 0 experience. haven't touched a piston engine since school. honestly, it's fricking great. you really have to be a hard-worker though. scamping around, doing the bare minimum, being late, calling off... you will build a reputation and that reputation will follow you everywhere. aviation community is very very small. they're not gonna call your references on your resume, they're gonna call their buddy at your old job.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Heavy

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

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      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

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        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >a lot of women look better without being caked in makeup and simply wearing ordinary clothes or workwear
          They sure do. It boggles the mind how much money women spend to make themselves "more attractive" when they look better without it. Some of these b***hes look like actual clowns walking around, and they spend a LOT of money on it. You know that guy with a drug habit so hard he's puking 24 hours without a dose? He's probably spending less than your avg woman does on makeup, shoes, and purses.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            There's a reason the make-up industry is considered rock-solid and recession-proof.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >I live in florida.
    If you can get a security clearance (no drugs even CBD cream for 3 years), then you're in the fricking money. Get into aerospace meching and you're golden.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Go to Boeing
    Their standards are famously low

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      not lately.
      after the door fell out, they immediately stopped all DEI hiring.
      I went from me having to deal with 60yr old fast food workers, Mexicans, LGBT, or Asians with zero English skills to Young white kids and people with Aerospace experience.

      craZy how money cancells the diversity shit.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    being a car mechanic only pays in 2024 as shadetree or owning your own shop

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    EV repair, or if you're particularly edgy, Hydrogen fuel cells.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That's bomb squad, not being a mechanic.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >EV repair

      I'm not sure they can be repaired. Seems more like you just swap out whole systems or tow the thing to the junkyard.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I know a guy who did 20 years in the air force (Canadian) as a jet engine mechanic then retired with a full pension at 38 and immediately started making 6 figures-plus doing the same thing for an airline, plus full medical/dental PLUS free standby flights anywhere his airline goes, which is everywhere, and he gets massive airline employee discounts on cruises and vacation packages

    if you've got the opportunity to go to school for jet aircraft mechanic, it's a no-brainer. everyone is absolutely desperate for competent maintenance, the money is huge and it's going to stay that way, and free flights/70% off vacations means you can travel the world on your time off

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Aircraft maintenance has job security because it requires a license. You can also chose between general aviation and airlines. Even if you decide you don't like it, having that license goes a long way for other mechanical jobs.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    aerospace is easier on the body depending on the job.
    union aerospace jobs make good money
    it's cleaner as well.
    get into composites and it's super clean, quiet, and temperature controlled.
    .t carbon fiber bro at Boeing.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'd argue that the highest paid techs are those who are specialists in a single high dollar value platform, IE Large hydraulic excavators etc. Digger or Drill fitters at the highest paid diesel mechanics in my area. Large marine guys are up there also. Never seen a rich Cummins mechanic where I am lol.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        yeah but those guys are working twice as hard in an environment five times dirtier than aerospace bros.
        there a reason we have 60-70yr olds still around here.
        aerospace jobs in general, are very Cush.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    airplane and it's not even close
    the worst you could do is heavy equipment, I have no fricking idea what moron willingly wants to be out under a semi beside a highway in the freezing cold covered in shit

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Go to UTI and FACT and go 50k in debt to be a Ford lube tech

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >idc if your on a truck or boat but go fricking diesel.

    Its only one that still has its principles , incentives and benefits.

    >aerospace doe not make pay.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >tfw I want to become an avionics technician but there's a total of one apprenticeship currently being advertised in my country and it's in the middle of bumfrick nowhere

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Im a certified avionic tech in Canada. Do it. I’m the only tech around for like 1000’s of GA aircraft. I work at my pace, like I want, and people still praise my work because I fix their aircraft while even aircraft mechanic with decades of experience can’t. You will also never need to pay for a mechanic, electrician, or plumber in your life unless you want to because you can afford it.

      If you go avionic in airline then it’s even easier , but I found it boring compared to small planes where Knowledge and Skills can shine.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Listen those are all sweat and good until you 44yrs old and your back is killing you making you feel 85yrs old.

    Kid , dont let yourself be fool by these blue collars. They always babble about the big money they make (which is true) But NEVER tell you the consequences of years doing that big heavy work. If you really love doing hard work then go right ahead, you are cool. But if you just going in because ''they told me they make more than a doctor, bro!' then dont. The doctor is chilling in his AC filled room living it cool and with a nice healthy body even at his retirement, while these blues already going to the physiotherapist at like 33 yrs old...

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The pay sucks. The job itself is pretty fun you work with a bunch of fun guys if you're in the right place and you shoot the shit and fix cars all day blasting music. If I could sip a beer here and there I'd never actually work a day in my life

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >heavy
    pays like shit, dangerous as frick
    >aircraft
    pays well, the responsibility is the highest of them all
    >diesel truck
    pays like shit, boring as frick
    >boat mechanic
    pays well, all the pussy on the planet will be yours

    Go for aerospace if you're not a complete moron and you're willing to get all the loicences.

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Do something that pays enough to work on cars for yourself. Becoming a mechanic full time nearly killed my love of cars.

    MGMK

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >this
      >while in florida , but fleet work

      Learn what you're doing and then you can make thousands a week fixing semi trucks independently . Work part time at a dealer or truck yard and part time on your own. In the right location in Florida mobile work , there's no off season - you'll be slammed with work in no time (if you're good) Good mobile truck mechanic is hard to find - word will spread quickly.

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Im stuck in between becoming either a

    truck / cummins power stroke/ duramax
    You can't become an aircraft nor an engine so pick something different. You kids have such wild imaginations.

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Certified yamaha outboard gay ask me anything

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Are yamaha engines simple to work on
      ??

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I live on a modest sized lake that has a few hundred boats on it. You think I could support myself fixing these things? How long would it take me to learn.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah I passed it too. What about it?

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