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whats its like being a mechanic?

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Mark’s Answer

Hi Paul!

I have several friends that are mechanics and it seems to be a job with a low stress level, good hours and opportunities to improve and get promoted, etc. Most of my friends are either the owners or the boss and most have come up through the ranks and at some point "done it all."

As far as a day the life, mechanics have to troubleshoot to determine vehicle issues, often using computer diagnostics. They fix vehicles, usually by replacing or repairing parts. Then there are the typical daily maintenance tasks, such as changing oil, tune-ups and rotating tires. Mechanics have to refer to technical manuals and follow checklists. Communication is key as mechanics have to communicate and interface with parts suppliers, dealerships and explain repairs and issues to their supervisor or the customers if they're the customer interface.

The work is physical and you're on your feed most of the time. It's dirty work and you have to get into uncomfortable positions to reach those hard to reach parts. A garage can be a dangerous place, so safety is key!

Hope this helps!!
Mark
Thank you comment icon thank you this really helped me lot i will use this for my future. paul
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Natasha’s Answer

Talk with your parents - if they have vehicles/cars, they most likely know a couple of mechanics. I would ask the adults in your life to introduce you to a couple of mechanics in your town.

Prepare a list of questions to ask them, as I think they would be flattered and honored to hear from a young person who is thinking of this profession.

Find out if your school's guidance counselor can schedule a field trip (with safety protocols in mind, of course) to a mechanic's shop. If there are no mechanics in your district/county, research the ones in nearby counties in Florida and ask your parents permission to call a few of them. If any of them agrees to talk with you about that line of work, make sure your parents are aware of who you are talking to - or maybe your parents can join the call on speaker phone.

The simplest way might be for your parents to take you to visit a few mechanics once you schedule brief appointments with them.

Good luck,
Natasha
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