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 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.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Daly City:
"No frills, no perks, a dead end."
Shop around and find somewhere worth your time.

Automotive Service Technician / Mechanic in Hockessin:
"What the average pay rate for my job."
Research the company and see what the pay scale range is.