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Unread 05-19-2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm currently 15 right now and in Gr10. I have a very high passion for automobiles and have grown up around them in a way. I love learning about them and know a nice bit of knowledge about them. I want to pursue a job in the automotive field.

As far as highschool education goes, so far, I have decided to switch highschools. My current school is very small and offers absolutely zero technical or mechanical courses, so for gr11 and gr12 I will complete highschool at a bigger school, which will give me both GR11 & GR12 Transportation Technology (Auto shop), as well as GR11 & GR12 Technology Design (General Tech Design), and I will also get myself into ATLEAST 2 credits of a co-op at an auto shop, possibly 4 credits.

Post-secondary? My first prospects were on University; but after some careers counselling, I simply dont have the math aptitude for it. Atleast not for a university level; but for College, I am totally good to go there. So I will get a college degree for an automotive field at some point; depending on what occupation I want..

The thing is; that. I don't know what occupation I want. I know I want to work in automotives and I know I will be getting a college degree, but past that, I don't know. So I'd like some help.

Can you guys perhaps just list out some jobs in the automotive area, preferably that make over 60,000$ a year? (Hey, if I'm going through college, I want to atleast be nicely in middle class... Atleast. Though I would'nt mind 50k if the job was great or had great benefits or whatever...)

Also, I'd prefer an "exciting" job, if that's possible. So far in my list I have: "High Performance Engine Technician" (I would assume they're specialized technicians who work on engines for racing applications? Correct me if I'm wrong. I think they make over 60k a year and I'd love that job), "Race Car Driver" (obviously hard to get into, but would defientely be fun and probably over 60k/year), and a "Pit Crew Mechanic" (Also, probably hard to get into, but I hear its good money, and it's probably also exciting).

So. Can anyone help out a college-bound, auto-loving, 15 year old with what he might want to do for a career?

By the way, I currently live in Canada, Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga. Cost of living here is currently quite high, so I need a good-enough paying job to compensate. Though I may possibly move to a different city or even further when I'm older and an adult and all that such.

PS. I'm really leaning towards the High Performance Engine Tech, but there isnt much info on how to get into it

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That may sound like a exciting job, but trust me it's not. Although it does have it's benefits. I would suggest a low level position like a GS at a auto maint shop on weekends while attending some Technical classes like ITT tech or UTI, unless you want to go into engineering in automotive. Then something more suited to that in college. 50K a year is hard to do starting off and the job really takes a specific type of person to be successful. To get into racing mechanics you will need ITT or UTI then search for a helper position at a local performance shop. Either way if you can't learn general maint first and nail that done as a helper you will be pretty useless and labial to be laid off relatively quickly.
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That may sound like a exciting job, but trust me it's not. Although it does have it's benefits. I would suggest a low level position like a GS at a auto maint shop on weekends while attending some Technical classes like ITT tech or UTI, unless you want to go into engineering in automotive. Then something more suited to that in college. 50K a year is hard to do starting off and the job really takes a specific type of person to be successful. To get into racing mechanics you will need ITT or UTI then search for a helper position at a local performance shop. Either way if you can't learn general maint first and nail that done as a helper you will be pretty useless and labial to be laid off relatively quickly.
I don't exactly have an ITT or UTI campus near me... Would a full college degree at another college be comparable?

Also, why would it not be an exciting job? Making 1000+ HP engines sounds pretty exciting to me

Also, I know 50k is really hard to do starting out, but I wasnt thinking of getting that instantaneously once I get out of college; I just want it to be a "salary goal" that is commonly gotten in a certain career at a secure pace through short time. I just want a good, secure paying job in my life, ya know?

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You'd learn much more by getting your foot in the door at a place your interested in. See if you can sweep the floors in exchange for being able to job shadows the guys who build the engine. It seems like schools that promise high performance engine education you still have to start sweeping the floors to get in anywhere.

I'd say be diligent and show them you honestly want an entry level job to get in the foot in the door and potentially get paid for your education, rather than paying for it.

I went to tech school, but in my year of experience I learned far more, and got paid for it. Just my $.02 though.

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You'd learn much more by getting your foot in the door at a place your interested in. See if you can sweep the floors in exchange for being able to job shadows the guys who build the engine. It seems like schools that promise high performance engine education you still have to start sweeping the floors to get in anywhere.

I'd say be diligent and show them you honestly want an entry level job to get in the foot in the door and potentially get paid for your education, rather than paying for it.

I went to tech school, but in my year of experience I learned far more, and got paid for it. Just my $.02 though.
I pretty much have to get atleast a college degree in something or else my parents will metaphorically kill me. Plus, degrees look good on resumes. Plus, I kind of want the "college experience".

Afterwards though, your idea sounds like a good one. I was thinking a Steeda or Rousch workshop or some place similar to start out to see if I can work up to being an engine tech. Or should I be looking at different kinds of places?

Also, is there any other careers anyone can think of?

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You'd learn much more by getting your foot in the door at a place your interested in. See if you can sweep the floors in exchange for being able to job shadows the guys who build the engine. It seems like schools that promise high performance engine education you still have to start sweeping the floors to get in anywhere.

I'd say be diligent and show them you honestly want an entry level job to get in the foot in the door and potentially get paid for your education, rather than paying for it.

I went to tech school, but in my year of experience I learned far more, and got paid for it. Just my $.02 though.
Only reason I say school first is there are a lot of mechanics out of work these days, and it seems the trained or most experienced get hired first. When I started. I was told school was pointless and to learn on the job. At the time the Jobs were easy to get. Now however ASE's and school knowledge are becoming important along with Math skills, and electrical knowledge. I highly suggest learning computers and circuit boards as the best young techs these days seem to be the computer geeks per drivers license. A buddy of mine is 23 been a ASE'S master tech since he was 19 now owns and operates his own speed shop. DDS performance. Pretty successful and one of the best people I ever worked with. Me 17 years experience no ASE'S and no college still a great tech, but my knowledge base of useless info is what bails me out. My favorite diag tool just FYI power probe not the best habit, but I don't get come backs.
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Roush though fun does not pay that well at the entry level. I have a friend that works for them as a Mechanical engineer and she only makes about 45k. And what do you mean someone told you your math aptitude is low? I got told that at one point and at this point I've taken more math classes than 90% of people ever will.
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Roush though fun does not pay that well at the entry level. I have a friend that works for them as a Mechanical engineer and she only makes about 45k. And what do you mean someone told you your math aptitude is low? I got told that at one point and at this point I've taken more math classes than 90% of people ever will.
45k as a engineer? Yikes... I don't need to be making 60k right at starting, but I'd like to get there after a handful of years... Know what I mean?

Also, I wasnt told it, I just know this myself that I struggle with Math. I CAN do it if need be... I'm not useless to the subject, I just dont excel in it.

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Only reason I say school first is there are a lot of mechanics out of work these days, and it seems the trained or most experienced get hired first. When I started. I was told school was pointless and to learn on the job. At the time the Jobs were easy to get. Now however ASE's and school knowledge are becoming important along with Math skills, and electrical knowledge. I highly suggest learning computers and circuit boards as the best young techs these days seem to be the computer geeks per drivers license. A buddy of mine is 23 been a ASE'S master tech since he was 19 now owns and operates his own speed shop. DDS performance. Pretty successful and one of the best people I ever worked with. Me 17 years experience no ASE'S and no college still a great tech, but my knowledge base of useless info is what bails me out. My favorite diag tool just FYI power probe not the best habit, but I don't get come backs.
Righteo, definetely will be going into college AND getting my ASE certification, thats for sure. Though I have a question, what kind of college program(s) should I be looking into? Theres quite a few... From Auto-Body to Repair to Manufacturing Design to Management to Part Service and more... There's really a lot :L What should I be looking into? They don't ALL take 4 years, so I can take multiples if need be...

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Personally I would do all of them lol. You never have enough info when it comes to vehicle's.
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Personally I would do all of them lol. You never have enough info when it comes to vehicle's.
Looks like I'll be in college 'till I'm 40-something

Edit: So is that it? Are the 3 careers I posted the only automotive careers that require college and have very good potential of making over 60k/year (non-entry)? I woulda thought there wouldve been more...

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