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I'm a 12th grade and i need advice to get a good career for hands on jobs and engineering, diesel mechanic, welding?

I'm in 12th grade and I'm looking to a career that involves hands on and engineering, diesel mechanic, welder. I need advice on which school is good and how can I get more help to get into those school for my career I'm looing for. my hobbies are playing sports, like basketball, football, and i love to work on vehicle with my uncle. career-advice career-path

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Paul’s Answer

Based on your interests in working on vehicles and pursuing a career that is hands on, it sounds like a trade or vocational school might be a good option. These programs usually provide focused training and can take less time to complete than going to a 4-year college. I did a quick search of schools in New Mexico, and these were two programs that came up that offer welding and mechanic training. I'm sure there are more, and your school guidance counselor may be able to help you too.

https://albuquerque.jobcorps.gov/node/20

https://www.cnm.edu/programs-of-study/applied-technologies

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Mia’s Answer

Hello, California Polytechnic Pomona university is a great program for aspiring engineers.
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Ana’s Answer

Hello Quincy,

Those are all great career options. Which of the three do you see yourself doing for the rest of your life? When you love doing something, it doesn't feel like work. The Automotive industry has been evolving tremendously in the past few years with the increasing high demand for electric cars. Here in California, some community colleges are offering Bachelors degrees in Automotive. If a career in the auto mechanics is your career goal, I would suggest you contact/research the colleges near you that offer trainings in automotive. As with any potential career goal, I also always advise to talk to employers in the industry and if possible obtain a part-time job to gain more knowledge. A degree and work experience significantly increases your chances for employment and better opportunities once you graduate.

Welding is also a good trade. It requires vocational training after high school. If this is what you prefer, I would recommend looking into joining an apprenticeship program for welders. Also, do some research of the job demand for welders in the area that you live in to make sure you have job opportunities.

Engineering is a great career as well. There are many types of engineering, aerospace, electrical, mechanical, etc. It does require a bachelors degree at a four year college. Engineering requires a lot of math but it is usually a well paid career. Here's a website you can do more research about this and other careers you may be interested in:

https://www.onetonline.org/find/quick?s=engeneering

Good luck! I'm sure you'll make the right choice.

Ana

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Don’s Answer

My son is a 12th grader now and and had similar interests. Two years ago I suggested he go ask the smaller mechanic shops to see if they had jobs. Many won't hire younger folks due to liability but he found one that did. He's been there now 2 years and some and the lead lubrication technician, has had many an experience running various types of big tools (that I don't know how to use) and work along side skilled master mechanics. He's welded, pulled motors, transmission work, and many others... I think the skills and experience through exposure has been very very enlightening for him and has taught him many things. I'd suggest you go find some places that do the things you think you might be interested in. With a good attitude and great work ethic I am sure someone will let you in the door. From there the sky is the limit..

Hope this helps,
Don
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