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Tim Foote
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over 6 months ago

I took 2 years of auto body through my school's BOCES program and i went to college for a year for Diesel Mechanics but that wasnt my thing. I'd love to find a job in a body shop doing body work or even sweeping floors, just something to get me started.

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Brandun Tucker
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over 6 months ago

Hi i am currently looking to become a certified mechanic been working on vehicles since i did my first oil change when i was 5yrs old.generally progressed as i got older and its more of a hobby and decent sidejob spotjob work.but now i would like to turn that hobby into a lifetime career.i live in montana and would like any information on where i would start.on achieving my goal to become certified. Thank you for any information...

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Damien Lucero
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over 6 months ago

Graduating from tech college at Luna Community this year and I'm done in December

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Arun Singh
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over 6 months ago

In a world of tight budgets, increased competition and rapidly changing technologies, it is easy to understand how customer service can fall from its deserved position as a company’s number-one priority. http://customer-relationship-management.cioreview.com/whitepaper/improved-customer-service-through-gps-vehicle-tracking-wid-613.html

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Mike Hickerson
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over 6 months ago

I have been in this field for over 40 years, can't stop now!

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Melissa Carpenter
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over 6 months ago

I am interested in getting my licences as an Automotive Appraiser. Just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on online courses to pursue this career. I worked as a receptionist in a collision center, and understand the estimate process. Please comment below with any tips. Thank you, Melissa Carpenter

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Selena Cotte
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over 6 months ago

In 2016, the Working In America initiative launched to collect stories from workers across the country to tell us about the challenges and joys of what they do and how they do it.

Join working people across our country who have shared their work experiences by submitting your story at https://working.org/working-stories/

Below are examples of working stories shared by participants – can you relate? What is something about your job that people don't know?

Share your thoughts at https://working.org

Gary Bryner Retired General Motors Worker & Union Member 74 YEARS OLD Ann Arbor, MI MY STORY

“There’s this wonderful reward, I would say, of trying to support the needs of workers and trying to facilitate making it better for them. Not only where they work, but how does it affect all workers; should be, not only in the factory, but workers everywhere. Because no matter what you do it’s worth something.”'

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jay pier
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over 6 months ago

I have had many ASE certifications (including prestigious ASE L 1 advanced engine performance) smog licensed since I was 22 years old.

I also went beyond to become certified and licensed through the FCC/ Central Electronics Technicians Association. While being ASE certified in engine performance, advanced engine performance, electrical and electronics, heating & a/c here's what I found while being in the field for over 11 years:

Hard work yielding in subsistant wages or not being consistent with professional work commenced. (Low wages) Actual figures $10 - $12 hour

Get into drive-ability get paid only 1 hour max to diagnose an intermittent transistorized faults occuring once and for a few seconds within a week.

Have your stated labor rate of $15 + averaged down to $9.50 an hour

Have no close relationship with service dispatcher, become passed up on work or starve for work

Receive less than double minimum wage while furnishing your own hand tools

Work under a flat rate and only get paid for vehicles worked on BUT NOT FOR EXTENDED SERVICES PLACED ON YOU BY YOUR COMPANY (pep boys): cleaning customers dashboards, windshields, vacuuming customers vehicles, test drives, multi-point inspections, conversing with customers, cleaning shop bays and equipment, orders to use your personal car to pick up company parts, etc

Smog techs may risk huge fines and penalties through BAR for a single error in their inspections or for no error on their part but for errors occuring their work as the result of sources of information approved by BAR in which they must use having errors in them.

The nesessity and cost associated with having to furnish a designated and specialty tool just for one year make and model vehicle and one type of repair.

Work for greedy employers who like to charge customers heavily, but not pay their employees, or take off on pay days and ruin your credit

Pay heavily for your own educational growth consistent with technological changes and advancements but, benefit your corporation but see no increase to your income

Work under flat rate or commission and be punished, viewed unfavorably by your employer and suffer financially for being honest to your customer

Work under hazardous health conditions

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over 6 months ago

Ford parts only. 33 years. Why do people think that is all we can do? Makes no sense. I am 50. Do I look 50? I certainly don't act it. Out of work since beginning of September. Bored out of my mind

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Mark Schubert
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over 6 months ago

I'm not ase certified but been working on cars 20 years any places near Bessemer Alabama hiring lube tech or anything really

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