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Old 08-27-2004, 12:58 AM
kip Foss kip Foss is offline
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Papers, and BS, are important in many jobs but in the end you have to be able to produce. When I started working in Germany in 1970 I BS'ed my way into many jobs and because I had a good self taught background in mechanics and welding and was a good and willing worker I was able to keep the jobs. The trick was to learn enough so that when the boss realizes that you don't really know what you are doing you know more than the next guy standing out side so it isn't worth firing you.

If I were you I would go to 5 or 10 local garages and ask the shop foreman what qualifications you need to start and what kind of job you could get with the qualifications and experience you have. The local MB shop here in Corpus Christi, Tx. has an apprentice program. You might look into that. Check with the local junior college and see what programs they offer and what kind of placement service they offer. Del Mar here in Corpus has an excellent 2 year Diesel engine program and apparently a good placement service when it is over.

Go to someone like Stewart and Stevenson in Houston and ask them about schlorships. See if they have some sort of apprentice program. Try national truck repair companies, or rental equipment agencies. Any one that deals in Diesel engines. From what I have heard there is a real need for mechanics. I read that a good auto mechanic working for a large dealership can make upwards of $100K a year.

good luck
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