Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Houston:
"Following policy."
First go to technical school for training and study and then hand on job. It will help your self to improve your skill. The longer you on job the better experience on your career.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Charlotte:
"Pick another career."
You love to repair vehicles and you're good at it, but management will cut your throat and make you hate your decision. If you're good at repairing things go into the field of repairing medical equipment.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Washington:
"Hard work."
Better love what you do and love people always asking for help.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Cape Girardeau:
"Hard to advance in pay."
It is the sum of many professions pounder into one, it is very hard, does not pay well, and as an added bonus, you spend thousands and thousands of dollars of your own money to provide your own tools and toolbox. I gave been in the field for 6 years and I have almost 20,000 invested in tools alone.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Buena Park:
"Stressful."
Save money on tools. Must not be emotional. Not take anything personal. Strong persona.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in South Haven:
"Dont give up."
Its tough and getting tougher. So many new electronic systems, go to school and pay attention. Always keep your head and dont let your temper get you. Most importantly communicate with co workers and customers.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Detroit:
"Don't do it."
Do not get into his field. Long hours, cold/hot shop. Very physically and mentally demanding. Long hours and no overtime compensation. Commission based pay rife with prejudice. Costly- must supply own tools, work boots, uniforms.