What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Diesel Technician in Eau Claire:
"Go to school."
School is good. It gets you a job. However, experience is far better. I work with new techs that went to school and don't know anything BUT they make a great starting salary. So go to school but get experience while going to school.
Diesel Technician in Austin:
"If You're Good, You'll Do Great."
Most mechanics don't choose the job, it chooses them. They do it because it's the one thing they're really good at. I'm good at a great many things, and turning wrenches isn't one of them. I wanted to learn, and I've learned a lot, but it's not a skill that's easy to teach late in life. Even though I haven't gotten really, really good at the skills, I've done well for myself. Come to work every day, on time, no matter what, and have a good attitude. Be ready to learn, because the field is always changing. Acquire some knowledge and experience in a lot of areas, and a lot of knowledge and experience in one or two areas--it'll make you indispensable.