I get asked all the time if it's smart to become an auto mechanic. Should I go to tech school? Can I make money? Is being an auto mechanic a good job. Do mechanic's get screwed? All the questions lead back to "Should I become a mechanic in 2018?

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    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic

      Now you may watch this and think "Charles that is a LOT of negatives to being a mechanic". You are right. I have to point out the down side. Your upsides are individually yours. The negatives are pretty universal.

      about 1 year ago
    • AlexTheGrumpyOne
      AlexTheGrumpyOne In reply to HumbleMechanic

      Dude people like you inspired me to become a mechanic and now I work for Toyota and got my own channel to help people out with over 170 videos. Going well!
      Thank you

      about 3 months ago
    • William Horvat
      William Horvat In reply to HumbleMechanic

      Medical equipment repair starts at $25-26 an hour and your body isn't getting beat up.

      about 3 months ago
    • shania george
      shania george In reply to HumbleMechanic

      What do you say about women becoming machanics?

      about 6 months ago
    • Ballin Dubs
      Ballin Dubs In reply to HumbleMechanic

      Great video dude! And have u ever asked Jesus to save you

      about 8 months ago
    • prescott da prince
      prescott da prince In reply to HumbleMechanic

      HumbleMechanic good video about being a mechanic keep up the good dude

      about 8 months ago
    • Kaytlin Bonds
      Kaytlin Bonds

      Me I don’t care about the pay as long as I’m doing what I love ‼️

      about 10 hours ago
    • chunky soup
      chunky soup

      Working for a snob dealership.
      Warranty doesn't pay shit
      Boss underpay us
      Manager blame us
      No raise
      No advancement
      shit benefit
      You should be grateful to even working here
      Remember, you're replaceable
      I need to change my career while I'm still young. Or else I'm going to set my bosses car on fire.

      about 3 days ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to chunky soup

      If that’s true, it’s poor management. I don’t understand why good techs put up with that crap. If you’re good work somewhere that understands it.

      about 3 days ago
    • Falcor's Adventure
      Falcor's Adventure

      After 40 years as a tech and 25 years with GM I made 88,000 my last year. I did. Heavy line repairs. Gas Diesel auto trans rear ends everything. 40 an hour flat rate.

      about 4 days ago
    • old wrench
      old wrench

      45 year ASE/Ford Master Tech /Craftsman. Avoid this industry atball cost.

      about 5 days ago
    • old wrench
      old wrench In reply to old wrench

      +HumbleMechanic Agree. Poverty, thievery and immoral conduct are not my forte. Best of luck to those with no morals.

      about 3 days ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to old wrench

      It's not right for everyone. Just like every other industry out there.

      about 3 days ago
    • Ibiza xxx
      Ibiza xxx

      You have to start somewhere cant just graduate and expect to make big bank right away you have to start from the ground up and keep moving up dont stay where u started a mechanic is a good job to start off and leverage from

      about 8 days ago
    • 08Brams
      08Brams

      I should do mechanic after school!!! Now in a IT Technician and I regret a lot!!!!!! Hope everyone will find his way and I think this is not an bad idea to be a Mechanic today.

      about 10 days ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to 08Brams

      I wish for everyone to find their way no matter what people say. 👍👍👍

      about 10 days ago
    • Joshua Puariea
      Joshua Puariea

      I rolled my boxes home and went to factory because after ten years of this I wasn't seeing any return on my investment. Nobody wants to pay for skilled labor. After my boxes were home I felt like a weight was lifted. I go to work now punch the clock and make double what I made wrenching on cars.Nowfor the first time in my life I am shopping for a truck at dealerships and looking at buying a house.

      about 12 days ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Joshua Puariea

      Good for you man! I’m so happy you found your place. It’s what I wish for everyone. Mechanic or not.

      about 10 days ago
    • Bunda Par
      Bunda Par

      You are on adderal

      about 14 days ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Bunda Par

      Nope. Lol

      about 14 days ago
    • Scottys Back Yard BBQ
      Scottys Back Yard BBQ

      scanner techs now..

      about 25 days ago
    • JimzAuto
      JimzAuto

      Former Master ASE & L1. 1) Look at your nearest tech schools- my local school has reduced its program 50% in the last 5 years. 2) ‘good credit’ customers don’t do $1000 repairs anymore, they just get a newer car. I no longer work as a mechanic.

      about 25 days ago
    • Luis Delacruz
      Luis Delacruz

      I feel like my generation need to learn this a lot I’m 18 and I want to learn it so I can rely on myself to fix my own car.

      about 29 days ago
    • paperchasin23
      paperchasin23

      Hell no

      about 1 month ago
    • Nihilyst
      Nihilyst

      I would say go into the industrial sector if you can a ton of guys I work with use to be car mechanics and all say the work is generally easier (although its a slightly different set of skills) less stressful and much better pay. Working at a factory might not be some people's dream but from what I hear and see from car mechanics working as a mechanic in a factory will provide you overall a better quality of life. And if you still want to work on cars on the side you'll have a great side hustle if you ever need the extra cash.

      about 1 month ago
    • dann hienn
      dann hienn

      i never met many mechanics who were happy working for auto nation.

      about 1 month ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to dann hienn

      I’ve heard that too.

      about 1 month ago
    • dann hienn
      dann hienn

      the wages have been the same for the last 20 years. now it is a low paying job

      about 1 month ago
    • Romy Dial
      Romy Dial

      It just doesn’t pay to be a technician , the time and money don’t cover the cost of the harm on your body and pockets . There is a lot of benefits of knowing how to fix your own car though , but you have to really like working on cars to have the patient to deal with the rest of the bs that come with it. Multiple income is the only way to go

      about 1 month ago
    • Clear Signal
      Clear Signal

      Humble Mechanic can you do a video about customizing? What should someone learn to are able to do it.

      about 1 month ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Clear Signal

      The short answer is learn how the car works from the factory. Then you can start to understand why you make a modification. Then its all about practice. :)

      about 1 month ago
    • JD's diesels
      JD's diesels

      Personally im 22 years old my love for cars is why i am a mechanic i did not go to school for it and pay all those high bills instead i learned from older and wiser mehcanics that were working on cars longer than prob i was alive learned alot vrey blessed to have the teachers that i had now i work in a shop and save money on my own vehicles by spending wrench time on my own truck awsome video

      about 1 month ago
    • GradybabyJ
      GradybabyJ

      simple answer hell no. if you are a black technician that's a double hell no.

      about 1 month ago
    • james black
      james black

      The problem is that there are so many average shops that pay so low that it's not even worth it I have an associate degree in electronics, hvac and auto technology. And the auto industry is the last place I would go . If I had to do it over I would have finished my education in diesel it's way easier to cross over as a diesel tech than an auto tech and cross over to diesel and diesel techs make so much more money . But I am 44 now and been a mechanic for 20 years now I am concentrating on my bachelor in management. But my situation is unusual not common

      about 1 month ago
    • TheEvilMechanic
      TheEvilMechanic

      No, do not become a mechanic. It's a thankless soulsucking profession.

      about 1 month ago
    • Jacky Hyper
      Jacky Hyper

      Hey bro i have a question about being a technician. I just received an offer from automotive repair college. I wanna open my own auto work shop, but i'm not skilled in repairing cars......................should i go to automotive repair college first? money is not an issue to me here. I mean i have money to open a work shop...........but i'm not a skilled automotive technician now. Moreover, what i want my auto work shop to do is to mod cars mostly or may be just repair cars sometimes.

      about 1 month ago
    • Robrogamer
      Robrogamer

      I have found it very hard to find a job as a true entry level technician.

      about 1 month ago
    • Robrogamer
      Robrogamer In reply to Robrogamer

      +HumbleMechanic yeah alot of shops dont have openings and when they do they get filled by someone with like 3 to 5 years of experience some shops outright say that want at least 3 years of experience.

      about 1 month ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Robrogamer

      They are out there for sure. But I think some shops don't want a NEW NEW NEW guy. They want someone with training or experience. I liked new guys because they have less bad habits.

      about 1 month ago
    • The Automotive Technician
      The Automotive Technician

      My personal opinion, is it's never a good time, it's all about who you are as a person and the drive and pride of doing things the correct way, and your ability to soak in a crap load of information, yeah the pay is crap. Most of the time pending on your writers and service manager, but with a good support from your writers you should be just fine.

      about 1 month ago
    • Qayim Rahimi
      Qayim Rahimi

      What u mean 50k on tech school, it doesn’t cost that much

      about 1 month ago
    • customcruiserroy
      customcruiserroy

      WoW! I just read through a bunch of comments below and WOW!  I work in an office during the week, making good money and not breaking my back.  But on my days off, I work on cars for myself and for "customers".  I can figure out what things need mechanically but I stay away from electronics.  I do run my computer to the car to see why the lights are on, but it usually turns out to be mechanical. And I have had a few people say it ran fine yesterday.  LOL!  But I tell people this is what I am working on and nothing else.  I save them thousands and I make few bucks on the side. I know guys and gals who do this everyday don't think the way I do but I find it therapeutic.  It brings me to a good place after a week of shuffling papers and dealing with issues that, to me, are not that big of a deal.  I do like my work in the  office, but sometimes going to the junkyard or getting greasy is relaxing and I make a few bucks and save someone a ton of money.  For instance, a single mom has an older BMW (2002).  Dealer wants $3K to change her steering rack.  I did it for $1K including parts and she's happy as a lark. I get my weekly stress out and she can steer her car.  LOL.  Well, I agree that most times, unless you own your own shop, not worth working as a mechanic. And, no, I don't have the great tools but I have everything I need to get the jobs done.  In fact, I only use the money I make fixing cars to buy the tools so I never use my regular pay.  One day, I may just get out of office work and be my own boss as a mechanic.  Take care!!

      about 1 month ago
    • wcjcnc
      wcjcnc

      The best way to make money in this field is to own your own shop and work alone. Have a smart wife to handle the books. Living the good life and enjoy wrenching.

      about 1 month ago
    • 4everfree thecovenent
      4everfree thecovenent In reply to wcjcnc

      alex m facts

      about 9 days ago
    • alex m
      alex m In reply to wcjcnc

      What if that wife becomes unhappy and tries to screw you over?

      about 22 days ago
    • MRI Man
      MRI Man

      I remember my dad had a "rebuilt transmission on a 2000 ford explorer " over 10 years ago. I havent heard anyone talk about this repair

      about 1 month ago
    • j3zhott
      j3zhott

      I think if you love cars and work with the cars your passionate about its like loving to fish so much you become a fisherman. You can save money fixing your own cars. But pick a speciality and keep learning. If you're capable enough dont stop learning while working. Worse case you leave it be and have a skill learned all said & done. I've had friends who graduated but did something else and worked on cars on the weekends and they eventually quit and just worked from there garages. People want someone they trust working on their cars. Make them buy the parts you flat rate charge them, and you'll stay busy. But its a slow grind and can cost you wewkends & money for new and better tools but its an investment. Stay update with new tools in 2018. The quicker the job gets done the quicker your paid. But have stopping points dont over do it. Rest and listening to your body is key to longevity in the business. If you dont know ask ,get help or research and you'll wont make mistakes as much if just starting. Its better to be slow and accurate than assuming and guessing to seem efficient.

      about 1 month ago