If you are thinking about going to automotive tech school, that is awesome. You will learn about how cars work, and some about fixing cars. But you need to understand that you will not learn everything it takes to be a mechanic, or a technician. Today we look at the things that you will not learn in automotive tech school

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~A little about my time at automotive tech school
~How to buy tools responsibly
~Dealing with flat rate ~ automobilrevue.net/v/OTVsYmpWMFctTWs
~Managing money as a mechanic ~ automobilrevue.net/v/S19faDNKWnRnZVE
~Working with customers as a mechanic
~Selling work to a service advisor
~Diagnosing cars
~and more

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Comments

    • Oscar Baez
      Oscar Baez

      Thank You for the information. It's was very good and insightful.

      about 20 hours ago
    • paul john
      paul john

      UTI doesn’t teach you
      one thing.....

      about 8 days ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to paul john

      I’ve met some people that is probably true for. They knew everything going it.

      about 8 days ago
    • Sarah Gorham
      Sarah Gorham

      I started out in a shop 6 mo. ago (with some personal experience under my belt) and I just enrolled in Penn Foster's online auto tech program and it's going really well for me! This online career degree program is giving me basic fundamentals on engines and auto repair. Some of the guys at the shop are bashing it, "you need to go to CC because you get the lab and learn it all there" Well, the shop is my lab along with my project car, and the online courses are my teacher. I can't afford to work part time and go to school like some of those kids can, let's face it...classes and lab take up so much time. Anyways, whatever works. I'm just happy I'm getting some formal education now 👍👍👍

      about 11 days ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Sarah Gorham

      NICE! I am glad it's working for you. Someone asked me about that not long ago.

      about 11 days ago
    • Shawn Warnick
      Shawn Warnick

      They are not even silicone wiper blades...

      about 17 days ago
    • Mike Carr
      Mike Carr

      We like to play games ...like ....do a timing belt on a Toyota Avalon . But here's the catch. Only using the provided emergency tool kit located in the trunk. It can be done . Have done and seen one other guy do it. When you can make that shit work. Then you feel like a champion. When you get bored from following all data. Try my way for fun.

      about 28 days ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Mike Carr

      Hahah I like it

      about 28 days ago
    • Mike Carr
      Mike Carr

      I get a laugh out of that tool box. It's the same as trucks. The more you lift it the more your trying to take the attention off of something else. Like , small penis =giant truck.. giant tool box =ha ha . Which is it no skills or small penis?. Just busting your balls. Ha ha. Take care.

      about 28 days ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Mike Carr

      HAHAH I am sure fro some dudes that is 100% the case. HA

      about 26 days ago
    • grumpyjuicetrucking
      grumpyjuicetrucking

      What a freaking rip off Lincoln tech is

      about 1 month ago
    • Tai Wilson
      Tai Wilson

      some of those for-profit tech schools are such a rip off. trying to cram allot of info in an 18month program for allot of money in a loan. i did the community college auto route, but still getting in the business is rougher. allot more learning how to hate how flat rate fucks you over sometimes.

      about 1 month ago
    • zach Klacik
      zach Klacik

      Hell yeah a universal tech guy. Also graduated from UTI not too long ago and they are actually teaching that stuff now but maybe not the budget part I can’t remember. Amazing school tho.

      about 1 month ago
    • JOSHUA GARCIA
      JOSHUA GARCIA

      I’ve done small crane mechanics and do mean small crane. You make me respect any engine mechanics more. Never knew of flat rate pay.

      about 1 month ago
    • James Taylor
      James Taylor

      Thank you!

      about 1 month ago
    • Bill Angell
      Bill Angell

      I'm a harbor freight junkie to be honest

      about 1 month ago
    • MeMad Max
      MeMad Max

      I had a kid fresh from a tech school and he drove me up the wall with all the freakin book smart BS... I had to destroy him and rebuild him from the ground up in order for him to use common sense for starters, then I had to work on that gut instinct on whats goin on inside a motor for starters. Stuff that came naturally to a mechanically inclined person, but is draconian in a black and white school....

      about 2 months ago
    • Rude Gaming
      Rude Gaming

      This is Truffff. Just got a new sub

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Rude Gaming

      Thank you!

      about 2 months ago
    • Andy's Shop
      Andy's Shop

      Thanks for this video! I am currently in an automotive program at my high school. When I graduate, I am planning to go to Forsyth Tech in Winston Salem NC and go through their Toyota program so after I get out of school I can go directly into the field at a dealership. This was a very good, helpful, and informative video!

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Andy's Shop

      NICE!!!!

      about 2 months ago
    • Eric Verster
      Eric Verster

      I was waiting for you to say diag. I graduated tech school a year ago. Working as an a-tech at a fleet shop. So many makes and models makes for fruitful and sometimes challenging diags. I love the hell out of it and thank the skies I'm on salary.

      about 2 months ago
    • John Harrington
      John Harrington

      Replaced my own o2 sensor for $42.00 now you probably know why I want to be a mechanic.

      about 2 months ago
    • asdf asdf
      asdf asdf

      Riptrippers?

      about 2 months ago
    • MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN !
      MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN !

      I'm working as a lube tech at inskeep ford and I broke one of those plastic wheel covers and later the customer came and asked me a question and I answered and the sales dude freaked out on me.

      about 2 months ago
    • MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN !
      MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN ! In reply to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN !

      HumbleMechanic because I had broken the cover and was talking to the customer.

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN !

      Why did he freak out?

      about 2 months ago
    • Tom Cassidy
      Tom Cassidy

      this was good to watch I'm applying for high school tech school tomorrow

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Tom Cassidy

      AWESOME

      about 2 months ago
    • Roger Shoaf
      Roger Shoaf

      Experience defined:

      What you get, when you don'tnt get what you want.

      about 2 months ago
    • Zachary Manney
      Zachary Manney

      Sales people suck they insist on taking all the fun out of work , cars used to be fun (aggravating , physically taxing sure ) but the enthusiasm was there I've been working on cars in south Florida for almost a decade ive done the mom&pop the chain and now a dealership

      And sadly im getting out of it as soon as possible going to college and going to be an office drone

      Shits depressing definitely way more fun as a hobby tired of turning away brake and tire jobs on vehicles with child seats in them (due to lack of funds)

      about 2 months ago
    • MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN !
      MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN ! In reply to Zachary Manney

      Zachary Manney if you want physically taxing try taking the hub out of explorers, the have a steel hub inside aluminum so as time goes by that aluminum degrades and clamps onto the steel hub and trying to got those out is painstaking, literally

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Zachary Manney

      It's not all hearts and flowers that is for sure. I think it really depends on the person. I have been the office dude, and the tech dude. The office dude was not for me. Not even close. HA

      about 2 months ago
    • Brian Peralta
      Brian Peralta

      My school did pros and cons for both payment types

      about 2 months ago
    • south texas
      south texas

      1 things they dont give you, experience. 2 things they do give you is a huge debt, pushing overpriced tools and the debt to them. Second is how to be a complete dumbass with a big ego.

      about 2 months ago
    • White Tiger
      White Tiger

      Great points to ponder! Thanks for your time!

      about 2 months ago
    • Derek Johnson
      Derek Johnson

      You’re right about a pawn shop I bought a electric kobalt torque wrench for 20 bucks

      about 2 months ago
    • amak1131
      amak1131

      For the odd times I have a mobile mechanic come out, I love it when they talk to me. I like seeing the parts that failed, why they failed etc. And sometimes, when I'd have 2 things for them, they'd go "....for this other job, if you can turn a wrench you can do it yourself in an afternoon. No sense paying me $50 for it unless you simply don't want to do it".

      about 2 months ago
    • Chill96
      Chill96

      Rust will always sink the flat rate time.

      about 2 months ago
    • Chill96
      Chill96 In reply to Chill96

      +HumbleMechanic Yes, absolutely. We worked with a 2% deviation on our work orderr legalese at the bottom of the page. Above that, and we advise the customer while we progress.
      Customers generally understand, while a small percentage thought otherwise.
      Usually only "gravy jobs" or "one offs" we might face challenges along the way.

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Chill96

      Always. But I think shops are very justified charging for the extra time

      about 2 months ago
    • MGTOW
      MGTOW

      Top advice, however I would have added 'safety' Not all cars are worked on via a hoist. And the reason the shop doesn't want to see the mechanic is that the shop will be inflating the invoice by adding mysterious fees.

      about 2 months ago
    • DJJoynt
      DJJoynt

      On the point of talking with customers I can say the times of hiding the techs in the back is gone. We're always talking to the customers and explaining what is wrong and explaining the repairs being done

      about 3 months ago
    • DJJoynt
      DJJoynt In reply to DJJoynt

      +HumbleMechanic One thing that really helped me out was the tech school I went to has classes specifically for communication and how to talk to customers and how to deal with irate customers when something goes wrong or when there's a repair that they didn't know needed to be done. I think it's a very powerful skill to be able to explain the dangers of not having a specific repair done. I had a lady come into the shop for a simple inspection and oil change. Found out her belt was damaged and that her outer tierod boot was torn and I explained the dangers of not having each of those done since my service advisor didn't quite know how to explain it.

      about 3 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to DJJoynt

      I think it should be that way. Why don’t you want to build trust and confidence with your customer.

      about 3 months ago