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Hey guys, so I'm looking to make a major career change and would appreciate some input for the correct way to do it. I currently work in cell phone tech support and can no longer take getting yelled at all day every day. I'm planning on pursuing a career as a mechanic. I am already planing on going back to school for a degree in Automotive Technology. I would like to ultimately work on Subarus and possibly at a dealer location. Any advice on how to get started on this path besides getting a degree? Like the best small opportunities, ie working at the dealer/mechanic while I'm going to school, certifications that would be useful or needed.

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While you are going to school, see if you can get an internship at an autoshop or tuner shop or somewhere so get an extra jump start(looks great on applications)
Also stop into your local subaru dealer or subaru repair shops and talk to me on what are the qualifications the require to get hired on or look for the most.
Speak to a head teck, ask him what he did to get hired, and what he normally sees in the down fall of a lot of people that get hired on and then leaded to getting fired.
Once you find out that ask when their next hiring period is(if there is an application period).
Become good friends with some of the tecks there to get you a good word.
or take the easy way out and go take a $2,000 loan and when you go talk to the owner shake his hand with the money in it and say, "My good friend, I am your new employee!"
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Thanks Nathan! I will definitely try to get an internship, it just needs to be a paid one lol.
Although your last option seems pretty good FOL

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Haha, the sad part is about internships, a lot are unpaid... But if you say your a student attending to become a suby mechanic, subaru might actually invite you on as an intern(Pobation) and when you grad, you already have a GREAT foothold in there to take priority over new applications for the job!

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Yea Subaru seems to be an awesome company to work for. The dealer I would like to work for hs won "best place to work" in Maine the past few years. I have always been interested in cars and really want to expand my knowledge.
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I'm 19 and I wake up everyday hating my job at a tech at the busiest dealer in my county. We have 35 techs. The management sucks and the techs don't make money. Id love to go somewhere else and make better money. Rembrr tools expect to spend about 10,000 on tools plus the box. The first year. Just letting you know how it goes in our area. Expect to be slow from September -February.


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Thanks for the advice Hawkeye! It's not cool that you hate your job, but hearing the other perspective for me is good. I know tools are a big expense, I'm looking at probably a 2-2.5 year process in changing over jobs.
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Thanks for the advice Hawkeye! It's not cool that you hate your job, but hearing the other perspective for me is good. I know tools are a big expense, I'm looking at probably a 2-2.5 year process in changing over jobs.
Yeah it has it ups and down. Main up for me is I can use the shop after hours for sidework which is were I make all my car money or recently ring money and gathering money up for my kid that will be here in April. Hoping it changes around here before then tho. Also another thing to think about to you won't be paid hourly. You'll be paid flat rate again has it ups and downs. The quicker you are the more money you make. Brake job pays 2.0 to machine rotors and replace pads. Can do them in 35 mins. Move onto the next job.


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Shit!! I can do a break job in 30 mins(once the tires are off) does that mean im hired haha

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Haha go for it. Your time doesn't included machining the rotors tho haha


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Frak! 30 min for a break job? I just did mine for the first time ever, And it took about 2 hours. I also used a scissor jack one side at a time.

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I never said there wasnt much cussing came from my garage(lets just say I went down there in a bad mood)
but to do a good job it takes me about an hour, but I like cleaning everything while I was down there!

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Haha go for it. Your time doesn't included machining the rotors tho haha


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You still machine rotors? Isn't it faster/more economical to just replace them?

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You still machine rotors? Isn't it faster/more economical to just replace them?
Why would the customer want to spend an extra 250+ on rotors when we can machine them for 100$.


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You can probably start working at a dealership before you complete your school training. Many dealerships will hire motivated people like you for entry level positions (Lube tech) without formal training.

If you have difficulty being hired as a lube tech, you can ask about any other positions (Lot porter, detailer ect...) often they will "Move up" employees to higher tech level positions when they have openings.

Technician's jobs are not always easy however, make sure you can stand on your feet for a long time and complete tasks efficiently in a sometimes hectic environment if you want to be successful.
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