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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Join me today as we discuss:
~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

    • Jack
      Jack

      I'm 52, always liked toying around my cars, but don't have any serious training. I want to learn from online resources and tech schools for my own knowledge, to help me work on my own vehicles.

      about 12 days ago
    • David Lemmon
      David Lemmon

      Im not working in the auto world but I would like to learn more about being mechanic. Thanks for the video

      about 1 month ago
    • richard cranium
      richard cranium

      i dont know what they teach today i graduated 40 years ago.

      about 1 month ago
    • JESUS Is Lord
      JESUS Is Lord

      You, my friend, have a new subscriber.

      about 1 month ago
    • Andrew Bartholio
      Andrew Bartholio

      Guy reminds me of Charlie from it's always sunny in Philadelphia

      about 2 months ago
    • O_o X_x
      O_o X_x

      Okay dude you’re missing information overall which leads me to believe your experience level is based predominantly within an independent shop. Independent shops are the tight asses when it comes to paying technicians and estimating the complete job accurately.
      On the other hand, original manufacturer dealers are the best places to work at.
      With that said, if the school any modern technician decided to attend, does not have connections to the manufacturer dealers that you may have an interest in then don’t go there if you want to be paid really good.
      Dealer are the best places to work for and do flat rate. Honestly, I work the system when it comes to warranty jobs. How? Critical thinking. Meaning I think of ways to do it faster (keep in mind I looked over the removal procedure prior to disassembly) by finding a faster method. I did it so well the they sent over this guy; a rep to sweat me on what I did to do a 5 hr job in less than 1 hour? And keep in mind it replaced all parts and seals to manufacturer specifications. This wanker offered me $70 to show him so that eventually he could update the labor time pay. I told him to kiss my ass. Bc I made more money without that idiot. That’s! When you know wtf you’re talking about.
      I work at Mercedes Benz fletcher jones in Newport Beach now and flat rate got me my 6.7 million dollar dream house on PCH.
      The trick is to work at the dealer and be creative. I made my own test equipment constantly to be faster at diagnosing and I was faster bc you’re working with similar variations of the same vehicle. That’s! How you become even faster!
      My advice is just stop dude. Seriously, cool off with this naive advice.

      about 2 months ago
    • ktanner11
      ktanner11

      Flat rate? More like flat RAPE.

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to ktanner11

      Yep there are times where you don’t win flatrate. And some times you win big. There are also shops that don’t use it. Find what’s right for you

      about 2 months ago
    • Juanf Gonzalez
      Juanf Gonzalez

      If you need someone to show you how to get tools don't be a mechanic

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Juanf Gonzalez

      I’m not sure I fully understand what you’re saying.

      about 2 months ago
    • Toxic Venom
      Toxic Venom

      You went to uti so am I I start the 22 and I’m nervous afff

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Toxic Venom

      You got it!!! Just put your nose to the grind

      about 2 months ago
    • Dustin Vines
      Dustin Vines

      Always by the cheap tool first. When you use it enough to break it then you should buy the expensive one.

      about 2 months ago
    • Dustin Vines
      Dustin Vines In reply to Dustin Vines

      @HumbleMechanic yea. If it's something like wrenches that you'll know you'll use a lot go ahead and buy the expensive ones if you have the money, but if it a new tool you have to get that you need for a job that you may not use a lot. Then buying the cheep one first I a good idea

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Dustin Vines

      I’m mixed on that. I think it depends on the tool and the cost.

      about 2 months ago
    • Justin Hudson
      Justin Hudson

      You might explain what the broken part could cause like with the 02 sensor-could affect fuel mileage and potentially foul the spark plugs causing them to have to spend more money in the future.🤷🏻‍♂️
      Typically if you explain how much more money it’s gonna cost to put things off(no matter the repair in question) they usually approve the repair then...

      about 3 months ago
    • Luis Maldonado
      Luis Maldonado

      VW Dealer posted a job ad looking for an Automotive Technician. They said ase certification is not required and knowledge/experience of vw is preferred but not required. Dealer will provide training. Worth the try to gain experience?

      about 4 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Luis Maldonado

      Oh yeah!!

      about 4 months ago
    • bocephus
      bocephus

      Is going to a small local tech school worth it? Local one here is TCAT (Tennessee College of Applied Technology) 20month certification and diploma course for master technician. Thanks to local grants and such I'm getting a lot of aid so actual out of pocket is pretty low. Or would it be worth going there and possibly a better school down the line with more experience?

      about 4 months ago
    • thomas soper
      thomas soper

      What tech school did you go to?

      about 5 months ago
    • Andy Freeman
      Andy Freeman

      Sounds like he went to UTI...
      Edit: Nailed it. I didn't think he would say it later in the video.

      about 5 months ago
    • Mitsugarage2g
      Mitsugarage2g In reply to Andy Freeman

      Andy Freeman I went to uti the one in Houston and do not regret one but graduated with 12 Ford Fact Credentials plus the gas and diesel clases, graduated from uti got offered a job as a level 3 tech at Rush Trucking center and 9 months later at a ford dealership with way more benefits and more pay.

      about 1 month ago
    • Robert Mrbena Mrbena
      Robert Mrbena Mrbena

      I subbed, great job!

      about 5 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Robert Mrbena Mrbena

      Thank you

      about 5 months ago
    • Christopher Nunez
      Christopher Nunez

      Love listening to your videos on my drives!

      about 5 months ago
    • Oscar Baez
      Oscar Baez

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

      about 6 months ago
    • paul john
      paul john

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

      about 6 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to paul john

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

      about 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago
    • Shawn Warnick
      Shawn Warnick

      They are not even silicone wiper blades...

      about 6 months 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 6 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Mike Carr

      Hahah I like it

      about 6 months 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 6 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Mike Carr

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

      about 6 months ago
    • grumpyjuicetrucking
      grumpyjuicetrucking

      What a freaking rip off Lincoln tech is

      about 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago
    • James Taylor
      James Taylor

      Thank you!

      about 7 months ago
    • Bill Angell
      Bill Angell

      I'm a harbor freight junkie to be honest

      about 7 months 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 8 months ago