Starting out as a mechanic can be hard. Buying mechanic tools, learning flat rate, dealing with management, warranty work, ASE testing, and more. There are so many things to learn when you are just starting out as a mechanic. Today I team up with UTI and shine some light on the struggles and help ease them.

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    • BJB BJB
      BJB BJB

      So true.

      about 13 days ago
    • Mr. Geek
      Mr. Geek

      lifetime warranty on ratchets? snapoff? Uk over here - heard of Halfords professional, £15, life time warranty for my 1/4"

      about 22 days ago
    • tiny boat projects
      tiny boat projects

      ASE's dont mean shit it just means you can pass a test. It doesn't mean you can apply that knowledge

      about 1 month ago
    • Camaron M
      Camaron M

      First things first listen to this video. Second practice it.

      about 2 months ago
    • P0tat07

      Hi there bud, just FYI, and maybe you already know this but others may not, don’t buy Milwaukee tools from amazon. They aren’t an authorized Milwaukee distributor so if you have any issues with your item, Milwaukee won’t touch it.

      about 2 months ago
    • Brem

      I worked for Rolls Royce and had to use the tools they supplied.

      about 2 months ago
    • LuisBenitezD

      Thanks a lot! This is just what I was looking for.

      about 2 months ago
    • Schecter333

      Starting out as a new tech is hard...

      .... but starting out as a new tech that didn't go to tradeschool but was switched departments at the dealership and now is thrown into the frying pan with nothing but GMs online learning center is a b* far I'm 2 weeks in. I feel like that meme that goes "filling out job apps for skilled positions you have no experience in....and get the job anyways."

      about 2 months ago
    • Sharpy

      Heard alot of bad reviews about UTI

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Sharpy

      I’ve hired great techs and talked to some goobs from UTI. Just like anything you get what you put in

      about 2 months ago
    • CDubz42

      I’m about to start working at a Subaru dealer after working at a Chevy dealer the last few months as a lube tech. At Chevy I’m hourly, but at Subaru I’ll be flat rate at a higher minimum wage. I’m excited, but also nervous, as I’ve never experienced flat rate before, especially as a lube tech. But they have an extremely high volume of oil changes coming in every day so I’m hopeful 🤞

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to CDubz42

      Follow their process to the letter. You’ll do great

      about 2 months ago
    • zack hull
      zack hull

      easiest answer for tools for new guys in my opinion would be a simple 120$ craftsman 3/8 socket set that comes with a rachet a 1/4 inch adapter. they could pretty much use it for anything they would be doing and slowly get more and better tools along the way

      about 2 months ago
    • SWEETS

      Do you guys not have apprenticeships?

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to SWEETS

      I wish we would focus on this here. Nothing beats experience

      about 2 months ago
    • SWEETS
      SWEETS In reply to SWEETS

      HumbleMechanic its one of the most popular things in canada some shops will pay for school and if not the government will refund your money if you pass

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to SWEETS

      Not really. :(

      about 2 months ago
    • Devon D'Ambrosio
      Devon D'Ambrosio

      When I went full time after graduating from tech school, one of the first things I bought was a big ol 50" Matco tool box. I regret it almost everyday. I love the box but I could've bought a much cheaper one from harbor freight for an eighth of the price and invested the extra money in tools. Boxes don't make you money, tools do.

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Devon D'Ambrosio

      Having the right box can improve efficiency and make the work flow easier. But spending that money fresh out of school is usually not the best choice. I’ve seen so many guys do it.

      about 2 months ago
    • odd-andreas indstø
      odd-andreas indstø

      from Norway. i am still shocked that you have to buy your own tool's. Skandinavia it is normal that the company Give you the tools you need to do the work you need to do when you work for them.

      about 2 months ago
    • Alex Klaus
      Alex Klaus

      There will be ICE run cars in the next ten years and beyond that's nothing to worry about newbies.

      about 2 months ago
    • Ahmad Ghosheh
      Ahmad Ghosheh

      I don't care if you are interviewing for a Auto tech or a brain surgeon, Do NOT get intimidated by the interviewer who will try his best to intimidate you. YOU ask the questions, YOU make the decision, YOU ask about benefits, YOU ask about Pay and YOU ASK FOR THE RATE. They want YOUR service and it ain't free. Just because you are out of school or have less than 5 years experience doesn't mean you have to be a bottom feeder and get the worst work. I also NEVER EVER EVER go through technical interviews, my answer to technical interviews is "You have my resume, you have my work references and you are welcome to verify, In the case I don't know something I will find it or learn it, but I don't answer on the spot questions". Trust me, I am 62 years old and been working software development contract work for 35 years.

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Ahmad Ghosheh

      YES YES YES!!!

      about 2 months ago
    • MaRiiO916

      Are you familiar with Ford ASSET? I’m currently in the program and so far it’s been pretty good. But what are your thoughts on it

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to MaRiiO916

      Never heard of that program. ford FACT is a great program with UTI. I’ve hired guys that took it and guys that didn’t. The ones that did were much better equipped to start working day one.

      about 2 months ago
    • 107 garage
      107 garage

      In a nutshell FUCK the flat rate system

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to 107 garage

      It’s like anything. The system works fine, it’s the implementation and execution. A good shop makes it work well(the shop I worked at) and bad ones don’t.

      about 2 months ago
    • Jeremy Tinucci
      Jeremy Tinucci

      Hey, I just graduated not too long ago from auto/diesel/industrial. I actually went to the Lisle campus and a tech I work with went to the glendale heights campus in 2000 something. Things have changed man.

      about 2 months ago
    • Max Volovich
      Max Volovich

      The hardest thing I see with new techs. Start with a basics craftsman, other entry level tools. Also when I started buying tools working at dealerships I also would do side jobs at home. From that I would also then take 70 % of the money I would make on sidejobs to buy tools and upgrade from the start. In Canada we have redseal. But still it is having not just the book smarts I have worked with people that where book smarts but could not work in a timely manner to make money for them and their families. Paper only will take you so far doing it is completely different. I have seen them and now they are doing a couple different job.

      about 2 months ago
    • D.O.D

      For all Techs never interview without taking a tour of the shop and checking the inventory of special tools and diagnostic equipment. Pay extra attention to cleanliness of the shop. Check where the fluids are stocked. If you see shit all scattered and tools all over the ground there's a good chance it's not a efficient shop. This will reflect on your pay checks. Check for safety hazards. Check the restrooms. This is real shit.

      about 2 months ago
    • Sahin Sahin
      Sahin Sahin


      about 3 months ago
    • Honest Auto Repair
      Honest Auto Repair

      A paper test doesn't mean you know a damn thing.
      I've meet people ASE master certified. Who didn't know a ground wire on the engine block from the power wire on the altonator.

      about 3 months ago
    • Lost One
      Lost One

      I have pieces of about every brand of tool out there from the bottom to the top of the line. I'm not a mech. by trade but like tools and using them for working on my vehicles. One brand that I have found to be reasonably priced but hard to find complete sets of in the US is Blue Point. We are talking wrenches and sockets for example vs say Snap On, the range of sizes or patterns of Blue Point are limited in comparison.

      Strange I can find plenty of Blue Point listed for sale in the UK but going to Snap On's website you don't see much of it listed, or at least in sets to keep the price down. I'm guessing Snap On is wanting to put it out as a starter kit and try to work the tech into buying Snap On (Guessing here). I just wish more of it was readily available here in the US since purchasing it from the UK and having it shipped to the US defeats about any cost savings because of the VAT/shipping costs. I don't know for sure and maybe it is offered and I just haven't found where it would be other than the "Snap On Truck" which isn't going to happen for me.

      about 4 months ago
    • Allen A
      Allen A

      I had no problem being the new guy at the shop , it's fuck fuck games the other techs would play " adding bolts to my dish or taking tools etc " being an aircraft mechanic in the Navy where we had to have a total inventory of tools and bolts etc if not flight ops stopped till you found it . Nope those games didn't sit well with me . Plus I didnt need a huge box with tools to get the job done .

      about 4 months ago
    • James Batdorf
      James Batdorf

      Excellent advice. I agree 💯. Luckily when I started apprenticeship at Monro muffler 20 years ago, the manager was my brother in law and they had tool program so I didn’t go into debt.

      about 4 months ago
    • Terry Logan
      Terry Logan

      When he said
      “Am I going to get stuck changing oil for a year before I get to do something interesting?”
      I felt that.

      about 6 months ago
    • JRC54

      Got the idea to reach out to you from this video, I know it can be hard as a new tech. So I figured I can give them some of my older tools that I have upgraded and no longer need.

      about 7 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to JRC54

      JRC54 I love it!

      about 7 months ago
    • Truck Tech Drew
      Truck Tech Drew

      you hit the nail on the head about tools, when I started that's what i was most worried about, i started off with a tiny Teng tools box with basic hand tools, then bought a snap on 40" stack, now I've got a 72" masters and a 40" roll cab which i use as a cart, its all about starting small and with every pay check buy the tools you borrow most from other techs.

      about 7 months ago
    • Nestor Lugo
      Nestor Lugo

      2005 Audi a6 4.2 Quattro

      Several warning lights remain on and car won't start r go into gear

      about 7 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Nestor Lugo

      Start with that issue.

      about 7 months ago
    • Nestor Lugo
      Nestor Lugo In reply to Nestor Lugo

      +HumbleMechanic vag com not communicating

      about 7 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Nestor Lugo

      That is a struggle. Grab a scan tool. You won't be able to do much with out it.

      about 7 months ago