Have you ever wondered about venturing into a career in the automotive world? If so, I have something to tell you that may change your mind. I have 7 things to tell you to be exact. Hopefully you read this article before you make any rash decisions. If you know someone who is contemplating making a jump into this career, maybe you should share this article with them.
The good: I believe this can be a prestigious career. To be able to fix something that someone else can not makes you feel important and useful. A good technician doesn't have to worry about getting canned, and even if they do find themselves without a job it is fairly easy to walk in to any other shop to fill a spot. You just need a special set of skills, that tend to come naturally, to be apart of this career. Even through all of the good, the automotive career field has a high turnover rate. Either bad mechanics can't hold the gig, or good technicians float around trying to find a good home. Good money can be made by wrenching away. Here's a list of reason's certain people may want to avoid this career path.
7.) Expensive Tools
The tools you need to do your job efficiently just happen to cost quite a bit of money. I know what you are going to say: There are of lots of jobs that require you to purchase your own tools excluding the self-employed ones. For example, a Cosmetologist. When I am getting a trim, the cosmetologist always mentions that they have to buy their own clippers, scissors, ect. They tell me in a way that tries to make it seem like I should feel sorry for them because they spent $800 total on their equipment. But I don't. I don't feel bad because I have spent thousands on my equipment.
The truth at issue here is that you have to spend thousands on your tools. Sure, you can go to Harbor Freight and buy up everything you think you need for less than a grand but you would be getting inferior quality tools. I am not saying that you need everything Snap-On, but you still need good tools that have high reliability. Just for some examples: Matco 1/2 Impact $425, MAC 1/4 Air Ratchet $320, Snap-On Ratchet $100. The stuff ads up quickly. Oh but don't forget the variety of lights you need to stock up on. I buy cheap ones in bulk because I lose or break them constantly.
The situation gets even stickier. Most technicians will not loan you tools to use from their stash. Its easy to understand: Why would they loan you tools that they spent money on so that you can make money. A good rule of thumb is that if you have to borrow the same tool twice, you need to buy it. Most dealerships have OEM specialty tools for you to use but you still need everything else. The only reason this is not higher than a #7 on this list is that tools make your job easier. I enjoy buying and using new high tech tools. Its just expensive. You figure with all these required tools that you would make extra money to make up for it. Just keep reading.