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Because I'm a Technician

August 2018 | By Paul Watley

Interstate Batteries® is partnering with TechForce Foundation on Labor Day weekend to support their “Because I’m a Technician” campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to showcase the social and economic potentials of pursuing a career as a professional tech, debunk false stereotypes associated with the industry, and encourage parents and to consider technical college as an alternative to a 4-year college.

Below are the personal experiences from technicians and parents of technicians we interviewed describing the life of a tech. 


 

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Wayne Booth, Lead Technician at The Tire Barn/Tire Pros in Gainesville, Ga. 

Why did you become a technician/mechanic?

"My dad always worked with his hands. I naturally picked it up and was drawn to cars and motorcycles growing up."

 

What is the thing you look most forward to in your role?

“The satisfaction of having people come to me with a problem and being able to solve it. There’s a pleasure in satisfying customers.”

 

What is the biggest challenge with being a technician/mechanic?

“Keeping up with technology.”

 

What are the benefits of going to a technical college vs traditional 4-year college?

“Having the opportunity for hands-on learning as opposed to sitting through a lecture. I had a job offer before I even graduated. I was making more money than any of my friends who graduated with four-year degrees. Today, I know people in the corporate world who have been laid off and are having to restart their careers. I’ve always had job security.”


 

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Roger Humphreys, Father of a Technician

What were the benefits of your child going to technical college versus a 4-year traditional college?

"For our son, it was a different situation because he has a learning disability by having Dyslexia, so he struggled all the way through school and going to a four year college and taking the required courses would likely have caused frustration for him it would have been difficult for him to complete and graduate. So going to a technical college offered him the chance to receive some training and a possible career path in a short time and that was a better situation for him."

Do you have other family in the technical field or is your child the first?

"Our child was the first to work as a mechanic, we have family that work in other trades such as HVAC and electrical."

When did you notice your child was showing more interest in the technical field?

"As a teenager, he was always wanting to learn about cars really seemed to get a lot of joy when he was able to help fix one."

Were there things he did early on that you noticed were different from other kids?

"As stated earlier, due to his Dyslexia, he struggled with reading about how things worked. So he was always trying take things apart figure it out."

 

 

 

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Ray Schroeder, Engineering and Technical Service Specialist at Interstate Batteries 

 

Why did you become a technician/mechanic?

"I had always been interested in cars and enjoyed working on my own car. In the beginning, the thought of being paid to do something I enjoyed was very inviting."

What is the thing you look most forward to in your role?

"The most rewarding thing in my role as a technician was knowing I had repaired a vehicle to the best of my ability, that it was done correctly, and had fixed the problem with the vehicle."

What is the biggest challenge with being a technician/mechanic?

"The biggest challenge of being a technician was working on higher end cars where the expectations of the customer were that the vehicle would operate with no wind noise or road noise of any kind, and no rattles or squeaks from the interior of the vehicle."

What are the benefits of going to a technical college vs traditional 4-year college?

"There are benefits of going to a “vehicle specific” technical college that is provided by a specific manufacturer of the vehicles you are working on, Lexus, Honda, Acura and so on. I have had experience with generic type trade schools where the information you learn is to general to be able to apply it to specific manufacturers’ vehicles. Information that you learn about a GM or Ford type vehicle may not apply to a Honda or Lexus vehicle."

 
 

 

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