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 5 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 5 months ago
    • shania george
      shania george In reply to HumbleMechanic

      What do you say about women becoming machanics?

      about 8 months ago
    • Ballin Dubs
      Ballin Dubs In reply to HumbleMechanic

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

      about 9 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 10 months ago
    • Ryan May
      Ryan May

      Im a VW tech starting out, it is definitely stressful starting out but there is some light to it. I've been trying to work hard at making the hours efficiently and I seem to be making roughly the same as I would hourly, now I am doing a lot of software updates and oil changes which can get repetitive, but I hope to get beyond that. Right now I've been noticing a lot of the diesels coming back, which I thought is great for making money. Though I haven't had a chance to dig into it... I believe it does takes time to get there. Things don't happen overnight, I appreciate the video humble mechanic keep on fixing!

      about 4 days ago
    • Lasurge1982
      Lasurge1982

      I make 80 to 100k a year as a freight train operator. And on top of that i fix cars on the side. I’ve always been interested in pursuing a career as an auto technician. When I was searching for what I wanted to do I almost went to auto tech school but got hired with the railroad making 60k to start with no experience. So I didn’t end up doing it. This was 15 years ago and even though I got hired with the railroad I started buying tools and started wrenching in my garage and I still have a very big passion for it. Now that I have a family of five children it wouldn’t be beneficial for me to change careers at the same time I regret not following my passion.

      about 7 days ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Lasurge1982

      I hate to hear about the regret. Hopefully you can find enjoyment in the daily job and keep the passion for cars alive as a hobby.

      about 6 days ago
    • Robert Powell
      Robert Powell

      Being a mechanic sounds great to me but a big part of that is that I'm a simple guy that doesn't need much money the big if is down the line when I have a family

      about 12 days ago
    • Ranan Steiger
      Ranan Steiger

      How do mechanics work on Tesla’s

      about 17 days ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Ranan Steiger

      Same way they work on all other cars minus oil changes. LOL

      about 15 days ago
    • TEACHSUB TEACHSUB
      TEACHSUB TEACHSUB

      Watch your language! Your video (the couple of minutes I'm listening to) ~ seems to share pertinent info ~ but you are not approved for HS students needing to hear what you have to share! Thanks!

      about 18 days ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to TEACHSUB TEACHSUB

      Interesting I don’t recall any bad language in the video.

      about 17 days ago
    • gabriel carreno
      gabriel carreno

      Is it just me or did anyone else say "rip trippers" in their head

      about 25 days ago
    • Hunter Guilbeaux
      Hunter Guilbeaux

      Love this

      about 1 month ago
    • Half Fast
      Half Fast

      To simplify it no it is not a good field to get into anymore, theres close to no work anymore people either can't afford to or don't want to fix or maintain their vehicles. Dealers charge out the ass for labor and diagnostic services and it drives so many customers away. And they severely overhire technicians so no one is making hours because it's all about the money that goes into the managers pockets and they don't understand they'd make even more if the slightly lower labor and other rates. And it's getting so hard to advance and learn because things are changing for the worse so fast. My advice get into media, entertainment, computers. Because long term this field will die because the world is working less mechanically and prices of everything is going up even though none of us are making more money. Unless you're a car builder restorer, or customizer stay away and gain talent and experience in a more advanced field

      about 1 month ago
    • bill durning
      bill durning

      it is ok to be a mechanic--just not on flat rate--flat rate only works is if you have constant brakes and tires and alignments all day---you get airbag and electrical diagnostics and ecm diag's and you will literally spend at least 20 minutes just to find the information(providing the information you have is even good)-------in the end to do diag's and troubleshooting you will not get paid shit-maybe an hour ad then maybe half hour to fix problem------good luck working at a dealer and they start you off with hr diag and then go to them(service writer) and say you need more time cause you have to take apart half the car just to acess and test connectors-----I actually do not mind diagnostics but I try not to touch it if it seems like something that will be a huge headache and time consuming---if I cant figure it out within a half hour or so i'm like send it out-----sorry-don't want to lose my ass-I go to work to work and make a paycheck---if I feel I made my hours for the week-I don't mind getting fucked---anytime before that-don't even think about askin me to use my brain and waste all my time with your bullshit diag of " my car door doesn't open with my remote key in my pocket(passive entry) and I have to press the button to unlock it"

      about 1 month ago
    • Faggerest
      Faggerest

      Haha sounds just like aviation. Computers ✔
      Lack of space ✔
      Remove and replace✔

      about 1 month ago
    • 321Catboxnwc
      321Catboxnwc

      DON'T DO IT .........for a living . The odds are stacked against you so much now that striving to be the best and putting in the time no matter how talented and honest you are is not enough . It takes money to make money . Tec school is wasted time and money compared to OJT. If you need to go to secondary school to learn how a two and four cycle motor works , forget it. If you want to learn for self improvement / hobby and are already financially secure then go for it! Do not sell your sole to the tool truck or allow some shop to hold your tools hostage . Those Tools you buy are not really you own when you can't get to them when you want or need them. Take tools home after work and risk management suspecting you are moonlighting or doing side jobs for their potential customers. So to avoid that you end up buying two sets of tools.?! That is how it is. good luck

      about 1 month ago
    • Phil B
      Phil B

      I'm getting towards the end of my time in the trade & I think that only a fool wants to get into the motor trade now.
      Time pressure day in day out + the money is way below what it should be especially when you consider the level of responsibility mechanics/technicians carry on their shoulders every day

      about 1 month ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Phil B

      That’s very true at a lot of shops. But I still think there is a crap ton of opportunity

      about 1 month ago
    • Visionery1
      Visionery1

      I served an apprenticeship with Jaguar/Rover/Range Rover in the early to mid-80s. I hated every minute of it! We had to fix issues the engineers failed to design correctly during the development stage - overheating, fuel leaks, auto-choke flooding, engine bay fires, oil leaks, gearbox failures, suspension failures - knowing full well it would only be a matter of time before the car would be back for the same problem. Don't ever buy a Jaguar from the 70s and 80s, maybe the later models are the same.

      about 1 month ago
    • Number Letter
      Number Letter

      okay so. I really want to be a mechanic but I know nothing except the names of the tires gas pedal brake pedal headlights taillights trunk and hood. I really really want to be a mechanic but cant find a good video or person that can help.

      about 1 month ago
    • Josh Derak
      Josh Derak

      Damn, I pick this as a course to take and now I hear this. All my life, always choosing Sega when I should have gone with Nintendo.

      about 1 month ago
    • Josh Derak
      Josh Derak In reply to Josh Derak

      @HumbleMechanic Sega was great but it's a shell of what it was. I don't know if I'll ever find the career that's just about to become extinct. Worked in electronics for over ten years and then poof, goodbye job.

      about 1 month ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Josh Derak

      I loved Sega!

      about 1 month ago
    • Jeffemano
      Jeffemano

      My biggest issue a "non-dealership" fully certified mechanic is the underhanded proprietary-ized (fuck it my word) tech that manufacturers have been implementing back into vehicles. Huge step backwards to the days before OBD1. Which, by law, was implemented for a fuck ton of reasons due to hippie tree hugging CA lawmakers. What happened!? How is this an issue again that was corrected in the late 80s early 90s? Cant tell you how many trans swaps we've done and have to have a dealership come in to update the tcm. Fucking retarded! On that note, don't buy Nissan. And HELL NO I'd never run off to make money elsewhere. Mech/Tech 4 Life...just hurdle past the elitist fag dealership toolbags.

      about 1 month ago
    • Kaytlin Bonds
      Kaytlin Bonds

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

      about 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months ago
    • old wrench
      old wrench

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

      about 2 months 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 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to old wrench

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

      about 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to 08Brams

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

      about 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago
    • Bunda Par
      Bunda Par

      You are on adderal

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Bunda Par

      Nope. Lol

      about 2 months ago
    • Scottys Back Yard BBQ
      Scottys Back Yard BBQ

      scanner techs now..

      about 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago
    • paperchasin23
      paperchasin23

      Hell no

      about 3 months 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 3 months ago
    • dann hienn
      dann hienn

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

      about 3 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to dann hienn

      I’ve heard that too.

      about 3 months ago