Automotive Technician Advice

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

Automotive Technician in San Antonio:
"Happy Technician?"
For over a decade, I was employed by two national chain business, and two dealerships. I find that they all have one thing in common, 50-60 hour work weeks & flag hours are half to equal the amount of hours put on the clock. Not every technician in one shop can have 100 flag hours or more. The best thing about working for a dealership is (about 90% of the time) you only work with one make, e.g. Ford, Nissan. The big down side at the dealership is warranty work, you get half the time of labor Mitchel or All Data pays. When I think about the work I did for Firestone and later NTB, I realized I had way more responsibilities, e.g. Painting, plumbing, landscapeing and even cleaning up the restrooms. At a dealership, well at least for me, I do not have to do any of that sort of work, they have contractors for all that other work. Overall I belive the longer you stay in one place the better, jumping from place to place will get you no where in this buisness.

Automotive Technician in Norristown:
"Automotive technician."
Pros: It's what I enjoy doing.
Cons: The pay.

Automotive Technician in Norristown:
"Don't do it."
Best piece of advice is don't do it.

Automotive Technician in Fort Wayne:
"Great."
Pros: I make my own check. What could be better.
Cons: I only have two hands and one head.

Automotive Technician in Texarkana:
"Choose another career."
Change your career.

Automotive Technician in Knoxville:
"Paper work."
Great profession.

Automotive Technician in Lakewood:
"Thorough, Quality Performance."
Pros: My favorite part of my job has to be the times that I find problems with a customer's vehicle that others have overlooked. Small problems can have large, long-term consequences.
Cons: Worst part/parts of my job: Long hours without breaks(literally no 15 minute breaks, no 30 minute lunch over a 10 hour shift), which can add to the stress of being extremely busy every single day. And with an hourly pay rate ten cents above minimum wage with no overtime(strict 40 hour work week), this job is possibly worse than a fast food job in many ways.