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looking to change careers IT to auto-mechanic

Discussion in 'Jobs & Careers' started by ajan246, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. Mar 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM
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    ajan246

    ajan246 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey Everyone,

    I recently graduated school with a bachelors in computer information systems, and i'm working for a small petroleum company now. However my passion has always been with working on cars and repair/performance. Recently i've started to realize that the information technology field is not for me. I am way toooo bored here. Anyway wanted to check with any of you guys on advice on getting my foot in the door. In a perfect would I would love to get a job at a shop and learn with OTJ training. I just spent 5 years in college I kind of don't want to go back. But let me know what you guys think. Also (a shot in the dark) if anyone on here reads this and has a shop, i'm asking for a shot to prove myself. I may not know everything but what I can guarnatee is a work ethic and burning desire to succeed and learn from anyone who will teach.

    thanks guys!
    ajan246
     
  2. Mar 5, 2012 at 2:18 PM
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    09tacorunner

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    the easiest way to become a auto-mechanic would be to become ASE certified doesn't take to long to get done i was gonna become certified but decided to take a different route incase i get bored. I will always have a passion for working on cars so when i head back to school i will probably get a minor in automotive technology aside from my major which is yet to be determined!

    look into becoming a certified mechanic you learn all your basics from your prior knowledge no need to go back for a full degree!
     
  3. Mar 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM
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    jandrews

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    Stay in IT for the money, work on cars in your spare time.
     
  4. Mar 5, 2012 at 2:32 PM
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    Leggo

    Leggo slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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    Do you have the "hands" needed to be a mechanic? It's not only being smart.
     
  5. Mar 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM
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    08pretaco

    08pretaco Almost there

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    Since I'm sort of in the field I will give one bit of advice...

    If you love something, don't make a career from it...you will grow to not enjoy it

    I work at an offroad shop and as I still love it, I don't wnjoy working on my truck as much as I did previously.
     
  6. Mar 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM
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    TurboGT

    TurboGT Hmmmm

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  7. Mar 5, 2012 at 2:52 PM
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    I would argue have many passions, but only make one of them a career. I did it with exercise science, but I left rock climbing, autos, guns, and technology as hobbies.

    When something becomes a job, suddenly you have deadlines, assignments, and superiors, and it's not enjoyable at the same level as when you were doing it on your own terms.

    It's not *bad*, per se, but it's not what made you fall in love with the subject in the first place.

    If you like your current work and can live off it, stay with it. It's almost impossible to get past "like" with your work. The grass is always greener until you get there.
     
  8. Mar 5, 2012 at 2:56 PM
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    mcdowell

    mcdowell My name is Mudd

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    They say do what you enjoy and you will never "work " a day in your life. Go for it and good luck
     
  9. Mar 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM
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    x2 Why work on cars wen your going to not make much money.


    I am electrician, almost done with trade school. I am currently back in college to earn my BS in Mechanical Engineering. I always ask myself why didn't I go straight to college once I graduated high school.

    One of the reason I am going back to college is because I will be making a lot more money in the engineering field than the electrical field.

    EDIT: I don't even know where I was going with this statement. I guess what I trying to say is use the degree you majored in for work and work on cars as a hobby.
     
  10. Mar 5, 2012 at 3:05 PM
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    I am w/jandrews--IT for the MONEY--CARS for fun. changs locations--SHITLOADS more money in IT.
    Hell- DEVELOP something for cars computers--On the fly eco-booster or something new for the LEAD FOOT.
    You do not need to get your hands dirty--UNLESS you WANT TO.
     
  11. Mar 5, 2012 at 3:12 PM
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    ^ Funny you say that... I am a sparky too. It would be a pay-cut for quite a while if I decided to go to engineering.

    No one can tell you whether it's a good idea to follow your passion as a career or a hobby. I know people that wish they wouldn't have, and others that are so happy with their job they'll do it on their free time. Its up to the person...

    I say do it. I am thinking of changing over to a mechanic career instead myself. The only thing stopping me is the thought of a large pay decrease to become and oil change monkey for 2 years.... odds are that's what your looking at.
     
  12. Mar 5, 2012 at 3:15 PM
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    Mechanics can make damn good money once they own their own shop and have loyal customers in an area and several techs working for 'em. Like, six figure yearly gross money.

    It's a long road to get to that point though, and many never do.

    You're already in IT, which pays pretty well. You're probably better off from a financial perspective advancing your career now with raises rather than resetting back to entry level in a new field for less starting pay.
     
  13. Mar 5, 2012 at 3:44 PM
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    I was an ASE mechanic from about 1988 to 1994. I left because I can't stand dealing with the public when they are pissed at you before they even meet you because their car is broke, then no matter what you fix, everything that breaks after that is your fault. I have been a chief engineer at a manufacturing facility since then. Best move I ever made. I still love working with my hands AND brains.
     
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