im finally quitting retail and plan on working as a mechanic what should i learn as a beginner?

21 years old, wanna make some money
i was never taught anything basic about machines, or have no prior experience what can i learn or have any previously learned skills?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You won't realize any significant income until you open up your own shop and own it for years.

    I'm going to sound like a recruiter but there's useless shitheads in the zog that significantly outpace retail wages, especially if they go Air Force or Space Force. By the time they're permitted to move off-base and get housing, that BAH and BAS is practically 2/5 to 1/2 of their income and it's tax-free income. Add to it that those service branches *strongly encourage* getting a degree (read: difficult to promote without it and they will constantly remind you to go do it) and they're basically setting you up to gtfo by the first contract if you're diligent.
    >t. prior army watching soundcloud rapper zoomers crash and burn because cyber and intel are full of nerds and weebs instead of aspiring criminals

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Don't become a mechanic, but also don't listen to telling you to sell your soul to Satan.
      The israelites are running out of time and they know it. Every second you're on that contract is a second that you risk being first in line to get your ass sent to die in Iran when they finally decide to resort to the last ditch Hail Mary.
      Do what you must to survive, quit retail or don't, but never, ever compromise your integrity and honor.
      Do not let the poverty draft get the reward it was designed to snatch. Do not let Chaim and Shlomo get what they want.
      Thousands of veterans have killed themselves from the guilt upon realizing what they got led into alone. Do not become a statistic.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        get into tuning instead, Halltech, AEM and other companies have course to learn how to do it, but you need a backgrund in programming or engineering

        >Thousands of veterans have killed themselves from the guilt upon realizing what they got led into alone.
        lol fricking pussies, I'd bomb the middle east myself if given the chance

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >get into tuning instead
          This is hit or miss, you're going into an incredibly niche area that is already oversaturated with people that are the "go to". Like say for example it's a guy with a Honda, there's already a guy that tunes Hindas that's incredibly well known around town, all the Honda guys go to him. Your best bet to get work is to try to get 1) people who don't know about the Honda tuner to begin with 2) people who have had bad experiences with the Honda tuner 3) people who the Honda tuner can't get to in time for x or y event because he's too busy.

          Also note that without a track record you're going to start tuning shitboxes because no one will let you touch their 50k+ project without something to back it up.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I got Humble in my area. Ain't nobody else in this state going to anyone else but Humble.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I've known situations where the tuner lives in another COUNTRY and the guys pay for his ticket for him to be at the track and take care of the car.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >lol fricking pussies, I'd bomb the middle east myself if given the chance
          they think like this too. and then they realize what they actually did afterwards. not every single person in the middle east is a bomb strapping suicide terrorist, as much as those people deserve to die. all they do is bomb childrens hospitals and schools to "send a message" while never dealing with the actual problem.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            also, a lot of people are drafted in and would rather be with their family instead of killing people on a battlefield which contributes to the guilt alot.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Nothing ever happens lmao, take your zog money and once you get your training get the frick out.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >first in line
          so dont pick a combat job? like 80 or 90% of the military isnt directly combat oriented and a large portion isnt even deployable.

          if you join the air force as admin or some shit, you just work in an office for four years, get out, have a free 4 year degree from the gi bill, crank your va disability and get significant passive income for life, and have a perfect platform for the rest of your life.

          yall /misc/ morons act like israelites control the military. if the israelites are currently handing me 4k a month for life scaling with inflation and and 3500 a month just to go to university with tuition covered, maybe the israelites aint so bad.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      this not true. become a dealer technician and learn the ins and outs of both proper diagnostic and how the software logic works.

      t. am CDJR tech that knows everything. i get a line of people at my box everyday asking questions. i diagnose most vehicles in under 30 seconds, and will clear 200k this year.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Im good at this therefore anyone can be good at this
        Spoken like a true hero. Why dont you sell him on your program

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Don't become a mechanic

    t. someone who was going to become a mechanic

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Noted. Im not 100% on board with it i was thinking about it

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >I'm quitting a shit job to pursue an even worse job

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You'll be a destitute poorgay all your life if you don't open your own shop.
    Don't open your own shop until you already have regulars.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Don't become a mechanic.
    >t. a mechanic

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    As someone who just got done trade school and am 2 years into having a career in electronics, DON'T BECOME AN AUTO MECHANIC.
    The reason I say this is simple; I did two years of schooling, I got out and made 25 dollars an hour first job I got.
    My mechanic's friends? They're getting paid 18 dollars an hour to work at Canadian Tire. The ones who "made" it? They're making 21 dollars at the dealership.
    Unless you're going to start your own business, be prepared to stay in the bottom 50% of wage earners in the country for your entire life.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Let me just reiterate how profound what I just said was; for the same amount of time in school, I make 30 to 40% more than my mechanic friends do.
      I bought a brand new car, I'm in my own apartment with no roommates, I've never owed credit card debt, I am a self-sufficient member of society.
      So you know what happens when my car needs maintenance? I go the mechanic, and I pay them. I don't even go for cheap guys, my mechanic charges me 20$ an hour more than average, but he'll do the job right every time.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      keep your job, go to a tech school to get a degree/cert in auto tech stuff, so then someone will actually hire you

      second, this
      if you're going to put that time and effort and money into doing 2 years of tech school then do something else more worthwhile, like a radiologic tech/mri tech, median wage $35/hr with only 2 years of school is crazy
      https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292034.htm

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    go work at a quick lube for a few months and see how you like working in a shop and on other peoples poorly maintained cars for fast food pay. thats the best mechanic job you can hope to get without experience. youll probably be able to get a job at jiffylube or some shit like that cus theyre always going through workers. I did a month at a local quick lube when i was younger and it just cemented that i dont like working on strangers' cars

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      don't work at a shop, keep your shitty retail job and work on your own car/flip cars on FB marketplace or work at a jiffylube like said.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    i don’t want to deter you, but i’ve also heard from a LOT of different people and sources that the only mechanic worth becoming is a diesel mechanic.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I would like to add to this a bit. When people say working as a "diesel mechanic" they are 95% of the time referring to fleet work, like heavy trucks. Working on 6.7L Powerstrokes isn't going to net you much more than working on a Hyundai or something. Working on a truck for a hauling company or a digger for a construction company is going to pay way more for two reasons. 1) there's more work involved, obviously 2) companies don't frick around when it comes to the equipment.

      Truck downtime = money lost, and companies will almost always pay whatever it takes to get the truck on the road. You'll have a hard time convincing a Powerstroke owner to pay more than a thousand dollars for anything, but you can get a fleet company to pay over a thousand dollars for stupid shit like changing a sensor, because they realize that having the truck down for more than one or two days will make their losses even more than what they pay for the repair.

      TL;DR what they refer to is heavy fleet work not just "diesel" vehicles, it has to be for a company not just any moron with a diesel truck

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Seconding this. Specifically shoot for forklifts and heavy machinery. You won't make a decent living replacing alternators on Subarus.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I mean, see this shit? If I come in to work and see this shit, I need it fixed by lunchtime, even if it costs us $1,200. And I'll hire you because A. I don't have time to fix shit, and B. There's always going to be something strange about a forklift or bobcat that I don't know shit about. $500/hr to make that spot go away.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Does your company have a dedicated team/person for repairs/maintenance or do you guys contract out on an as needed basis?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            yes, but he is a lazy Black person and HR cant fire him because he's a literral homosexual.

            I'm trans BTW

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            We call in a forklift shop that's about an hour away. Aint nobody in house got time to fix things. That particular lift in picrel needed the master cylinder replaced a few months back. That was a $1,500 call.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Not to be a dick, but let me get this straight
    >I work at walmart pushing carts
    >I have 0 experience wrenching
    >I want to get a job as a mechanic with my 0 experience
    >I think that I will make good money as a 0 experience mechanic.

    Is that your plan?

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I went to a big tech school for 2 years and actually got a diploma for what its worth

    >Big fricking mistake

    I worked 2 weeks at a shop and quit making 17$ an hour, my buddy whose a full time tech still makes 19$ an hour flat rate though,

    Right as i left i got a security job that was doing 21$ an hour,

    if your going to do any trade do plumbing or HVAC, im 4 years out of HS and my friend who did hvac just bought their first house.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Add electrician as well

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    be really good at maths and become a hedge fund manager. 1 mil a year ez

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Shalom rabbi

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    law low, join your local plumbers union. i make 55 an hour at 21 years old and once my new contract is negotiated i will be making 80+ in 5 years. commercial service

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      broke LMAO

      I make 80bux an hour working in a cozy office shitting in the toilets you lick

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You suck wiener and take it in the ass for 80 per hour, just like your parents. Worthless prostitute cum dumpster.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      where do you live?

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    24yo Audi dealership tech here. Please read all this bro.

    The top techs at my dealership, ones that are Master Guild, make ~$150k a year. It takes many years to get from lube tech (where you'll start) to Master Guild. You'll be coming in early and staying late, working your ass off all day 5-6 days a week, and working 60-70 hours a week. And that's if you get in with a good, luxury dealership. I was lucky that my dealership took me in with no experience, but I doubt that's a common occurrence. Lesser brands you won't make anywhere near that, and independent shops will pay you in dirt.

    I've been working as an Audi tech for a year and I'm quitting next month and going into IT. If you think a mild interest in cars and a decent mechanical understanding is enough to want to be a tech, do NOT become a tech. I was a proficient DIY/project car wrencher and car enthusiast before this job and thought being a mechanic would be a good career. It's not. Being a tech will absolutely suck the life out of you. All the career techs (20+ years experience) at my shop have told me that they wish they never became a mechanic. Don't do it OP. Find a different career path.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I knew someone here who spent about 15 years straight working for his local Toyota dealership, largely out of brand loyalty and also living close by. He was on just above minimum wage that whole time and just barely made ends meet. Promotions and pay rises were scarce despite his wealth of deep experience and knowledge. He finally woke up and is now a fly in/fly out heavy diesel mechanic in the mines making 4 times more.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Honestly your best bet is to go to school and learn the trade.
    If you want to learn without going to school you p much only have 2 options:
    >Go to random shop nearby and ask if they need a helper and start doing most menial jobs and learn over time.
    >Use connections to get low level job at a shop. Thats what I did.
    tldr-gramps neighbour knew local MB dealer director so I asked my gramps and his neigbour if he could talk with the director about job opportunity.
    Imo if you want to make money, you need to become a car restorer in some niche.
    I know that there is a guy in my country who specialises in restoring old nissans (i think he does it solo also) and I know that most of them are sold to buyers in more rich countries here in EU.
    But for that you basically need to be a jack of all trades when it comes to repair.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Don't do it.
    You want to learn how to build an engine which means you need to do a engineering course.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Mechanic work is very dead end unless you become very specialized.
    Most mechanics quit and ends up doing truck driving.
    If you think you're going to open your own garage, you're going to be sorely disappointed when you're 40 years old.

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