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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-06-2008, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Is there anyone on the forum that attends any of the Wyotech campus around the nation, as well, what program are you following? I'm thinking of attending Wyotech here in Fremont, CA for the automotive mechanic program, as well, possibly following with the BMW fast track program. Everyone as well is welcome for insight, pointers and ideas.

My original goal was to attend the Academy of Art University of San Franicso for Transportation Design, but over the past year, I've seem to become more and more inlove with cars and the passion of wanting to learn the knowledge of a mechanic. Although I am an artist, ultimately I want a career envloving cars and finally being happy doing something I have a passion and love for.

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I've had 4 techs start at my shop after attending wyotech. Each one of them was absolutely ignorant when it came to fixing cars. Perhaps I got the 4 worst wyotech graduates, but from what I've seen, you can get a better education at your public library. I've been wrenching for 4 years now and am a master mechanic. I never took an auto class besides intro to auto in highschool. Find a shop and find a good mentor there. Experience is the key and learning from an experienced tech is far more valuable than any vocational school.

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Wow, +1 on the experience being key. Thank you for that insight. How did you become a Master Mechanic? Where did you earn your experience exactly?

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I also understand that you took a course in highschool, unfortunately I'm way passed highschool and this was never an elective or actual course offered. What would you suggest besides schools such as Wyotech or UTI? UTI was my first pick, but they are 2 hours away from where I live, and I've already spent time and money moving out to where I currently live, from San Antonio, TX. Wyotech happend to be closer and offered the same or similar BMW program in which UTI offers. Reason being I chose BMW is because of the upmost interest I have in these cars, as well the salary from an entry level BMW tech to a Master Tech. My current goal is not only to be happy doing something I love, but to be well compensated too. I am thinking releastic, so I know you have to start at the bottom most of the time, but as long as my hardwork is payed off, I'm willing to do it. Right now working small jobs and trying to apply for others because you're not sure if your own company may lay you off soon is not a way to live the rest of my days here.

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[quote author=PRBLU3MZR link=topic=111053.msg2293139#msg2293139 date=1210127914]
I also understand that you took a course in highschool, unfortunately I'm way passed highschool and this was never an elective or actual course offered. What would you suggest besides schools such as Wyotech or UTI? UTI was my first pick, but they are 2 hours away from where I live, and I've already spent time and money moving out to where I currently live, from San Antonio, TX. Wyotech happend to be closer and offered the same or similar BMW program in which UTI offers. Reason being I chose BMW is because of the upmost interest I have in these cars, as well the salary from an entry level BMW tech to a Master Tech. My current goal is not only to be happy doing something I love, but to be well compensated too. I am thinking releastic, so I know you have to start at the bottom most of the time, but as long as my hardwork is payed off, I'm willing to do it. Right now working small jobs and trying to apply for others because you're not sure if your own company may lay you off soon is not a way to live the rest of my days here.
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Honestly, it sounds like you want to learn because you love cars. That's a noble reason. BUT, there's a difference between a hobby and having to do something as a means to live. I'm sure JCalka will agree that there are times he doesn't want to turn wrenches but he has to because that's his craft.

I'm just being the antagonist here because it sounds like you have other interests long term. I You say you want to be well compensated and you will probably earn a decent living, but it is long and tiring work and you aren't going to get rich doing it.

You won't be working on peoples cars because you WANT to but rather you have to. There's a difference.


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I'm fully aware I won't be rich, maybe I should have clarified that I want to be making more then $17.40 an hour for the rest of my life, as well, doing something that has to do with cars, such as a mechanic. I've always kicked myself in the ass for not having the knowledge, yet its always been in my interest to learn. But, over the past few months, its only grown more and more to me as a WANT to learn, not a NEED as I need a job or something. Obviously we all need jobs one way or another, but for me, enjoying your job to the point that you actually have a passion and love for it is what makes it a Career. So I'm very much looking at making this a career, not a job, for one, and two, my future plans range from a possible master tech for BMW or an independent performance shop.

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[quote author=PRBLU3MZR link=topic=111053.msg2293191#msg2293191 date=1210128717]
I'm fully aware I won't be rich, maybe I should have clarified that I want to be making more then $17.40 an hour for the rest of my life, as well, doing something that has to do with cars, such as a mechanic. I've always kicked myself in the ass for not having the knowledge, yet its always been in my interest to learn. But, over the past few months, its only grown more and more to me as a WANT to learn, not a NEED as I need a job or something. Obviously we all need jobs one way or another, but for me, enjoying your job to the point that you actually have a passion and love for it is what makes it a Career. So I'm very much looking at making this a career, not a job, for one, and two, my future plans range from a possible master tech for BMW or an independent performance shop.
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Cool...that makes more sense. Good luck. There really is no substitute for hands-on training. I think the best would be a combination of both. I've seen mechanics that were good at what they did, but they ultimately had no knowledge of newer technology because spent all of their time turning wrenches. A good mechanic knows what he's doing but also keeps up with newer technologies and is open minded. You wouldn't believe how many mechanics I run into use a certain product because "I've been using it for 30 years". Never mind the fact that technology is constantly improving and the product they are using isn't as good as what they COULD be using.



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Thanks, I'm just trying to gather information on everyone who has taken courses, gone to schools, is already a mechanic of some sort and or as experience in all of the above, in which ever order LOL. I've already visited the campus here in Fremont, and I was very impressed. But I was curious to know of anyone who's gone through a program similar to this as well, or anyone who's already a mechanice at a dealership or private / indipendent shop who can also provide their insight and opinions on a school such at Wyotech, UTI or a programs offered throughout the nation.

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