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Re: How many Mechanics out there?

Post by CHILL347 » Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:37 am

Red Seal Automotive Service Tech by trade, would rather it be my hobby because it doesn't pay enough. And that's why I now work in the Alberta oil sands where the money flows and I get paid what I'm worth. And only have to do a quarter of the work ;)

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Post by Chasten » Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:41 pm

[quote="CHILL347";p="810905"]Red Seal Automotive Service Tech by trade, would rather it be my hobby because it doesn't pay enough. And that's why I now work in the Alberta oil sands where the money flows and I get paid what I'm worth. And only have to do a quarter of the work ;)[/quote]


would love to do the same but i love my home time... your not a newfie by any chance?? lol

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Post by CHILL347 » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:36 pm

would love to do the same but i love my home time... your not a newfie by any chance?? lol[/quote]

Nope not a newfie lol, from Keswick, Ontario. But it feels like I'm in newfoundland being here lol, except the scenary doesn't compare haha

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Post by sixOHfour » Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:37 pm

[quote="CHILL347";p="810905"]Red Seal Automotive Service Tech by trade, would rather it be my hobby because it doesn't pay enough. And that's why I now work in the Alberta oil sands where the money flows and I get paid what I'm worth. And only have to do a quarter of the work ;)[/quote]

I make pretty good money as a tech, but in this industry the more pieces of paper you have the more you get paid. There is a diesel tech on the other side of the shop that makes $49 an hour with a guaranteed 9 hour day no matter how slow it is. Plus if he pumps out over 9 hours in work orders he gets all of the extra time as well. The only thing I can think of that would kill you as a tech would be if you are slow. The manufacturers give too much time for some jobs and not enough for others. I find myself having to really move my *censored* on some jobs to balance out my hours and as we mechanics are all aware almost NOTHING goes according to plan, if something could go wrong, it does. Up-selling helps your time sheet as well, as long as you're honest!
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Post by Chasten » Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:17 pm

[quote="CHILL347";p="810951"]would love to do the same but i love my home time... your not a newfie by any chance?? lol[/quote]

Nope not a newfie lol, from Keswick, Ontario. But it feels like I'm in newfoundland being here lol, except the scenary doesn't compare haha[/quote]

lol small world, just moved back home from after living in sutton for awhile

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Post by CHILL347 » Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:30 am

[quote="Chasten";p="810979"]

lol small world, just moved back home from after living in sutton for awhile[/quote]

Oh wow, 10 minute drive. What were you doing in sutton? Not much to offer there really unless you worked out of town?

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Post by CHILL347 » Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:37 am

[quote="sixOHfour";p="810976"]

I make pretty good money as a tech, but in this industry the more pieces of paper you have the more you get paid. There is a diesel tech on the other side of the shop that makes $49 an hour with a guaranteed 9 hour day no matter how slow it is. Plus if he pumps out over 9 hours in work orders he gets all of the extra time as well. The only thing I can think of that would kill you as a tech would be if you are slow. The manufacturers give too much time for some jobs and not enough for others. I find myself having to really move my *censored* on some jobs to balance out my hours and as we mechanics are all aware almost NOTHING goes according to plan, if something could go wrong, it does. Up-selling helps your time sheet as well, as long as you're honest![/quote]

If you can make good money as a tech in any province other than Alberta then all the power to you because that's rare, if I could make good money as a tech back in Ontario then that's where I'd be but I got fed up with flat rate real quick and it's hard to find an hourly shop that's pays well. Like I said it's a good hobby cause I like tinkering with stuff of my own and doing friends or family favours on my own time not worrying about beating the clock.

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Post by Chasten » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:20 am

[quote="CHILL347";p="811015"][quote="Chasten";p="810979"]

lol small world, just moved back home from after living in sutton for awhile[/quote]

Oh wow, 10 minute drive. What were you doing in sutton? Not much to offer there really unless you worked out of town?[/quote]


me and the girlfriend packed up got in the car and left newfie, didnt know where i was going and didnt really care lol found myself at park motel on 48 next to high st, stayed there for 7 months lol. Ended up working contract work out of newmarket.  partied in keswick with some friends i met.  

felt kind of like home there so it was alright

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Post by savagenoob » Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:55 pm

Ford certified tech here. Been in the business almost 12 years and enjoy what I do.
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Post by Cadimman » Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:24 pm

Red seal certified. Was grand master specialist in electrical at Caddy dealer several years. Now have a good hourly wage in smaller shop. Love being home every night.
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Post by SXL-APT » Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:35 pm

Im 32 I work in the day and go to Mechanics school in the evenings. Its been about 14 months now, I got 4 to go. Im not really looking to work as a mechanic, I make more money now, but it will be something to fall on if what Im doing now becomes too much. Also I wanted to learn how to do the little things that take forever to figure out. I like to do my own work on my stuff

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Post by bigbigbrig » Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:42 pm

Cnc machinist for a company that makes valves for nuclear power plants now.
I was a machanic for many years and before that I ran a custom cabinet company.
I've done a little bit of everything.

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Post by putz87ss » Sun Jan 01, 2012 1:52 am

been a mechanic in the food service industry for going on 9 yrs now i'm a supervisor i like the think on your feet aspect of my job.

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Post by johno096 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:37 am

My Dads been a mechanic for 25 years now and im heading that way aswell.
Im doing an automotive course next year and eventually get into the big heavy duty side of things. :D
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Post by WyldOne » Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:07 am

I'm a RC car mechanic in my spare time, always fixing the bloody thing lol.

I'm a driller, but also help carrying out repairs on drilling rigs.

I wouldn't mind being a heavy duty diesel mechanic/fitter. They get well looked after in the mineral resources industry.

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Post by Mr.Snuggles » Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:30 am

funny how many of us are mechanics.

guess i am one as well, i now run my own car repair shop in iceland.
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Post by WyldOne » Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:46 am

[quote="Mr.Snuggles";p="856129"]funny how many of us are mechanics.

guess i am one as well, i now run my own car repair shop in iceland.[/quote]

Iceland looks to be a nice place. I'd like to holiday there one day, same with British Columbia in Canada and Alaska in US.

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Post by nolen36 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:08 am

I'm a mechanic. i work for a powersports shop. i have been fixing boats, sleds, atv's and pwc for 12 years. i have built turbocharged sleds and turbo charged hiabusa's for racing at the salt flats. but there is nothing better than turning wrenchs on my r/c stuff. 8)

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Post by krzyd » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:51 am

Stated as an HVAC service guy, did a little Diesel and Gas Turbine work in the Navy, went back to HVAC and own a little service company now. Still can't tune for *censored*.

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Post by VladX » Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:42 am

i know a bit about fixing my own car but i'm not certified. went to school but didnt finish. teachers really sucked and i lost motivation.

it's sad to say that many teachers fail to do their job properly. reading from a book and not doing showing you how its done really sucks.
every time we ran into a brick wall and went and ask for help, they pointed us to a book. lol
we did manage to get a few subs that actually did hands on and that's when we learned the most.

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