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Old 05-03-2007, 12:26 PM   #1
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Wyotech anyone?

i was thinking about attending Wyotech and was wondering if anyone on here has and what they thought about the school.

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I was looking hard at their schools and still am. Just havent decided on what I want to do. From what I have heard from my friend who went, and what I have read wyotech is pretty good.

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Old 05-03-2007, 03:58 PM   #3
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Attending a school such as UTI or Wyotech will give you great training to enter the the field. However don't discount the ol boy that's been wrenching on things since they invented the wrench to show you a thing or two also.
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Old 05-03-2007, 04:34 PM   #4
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Wyotech has a real good program I was gonna go in July when I get out but decided to wait. Their courses stay with you and when they are changed or updated you can go back for free, or at least that's what the rep that came to my house told me and the info I got said that. Its a lifelong thing and well worth the money you pay for it.
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Old 05-03-2007, 04:46 PM   #5
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I'm in a tech high school right now and take auto and was thinking of going to one of these schools. I love going to a tech high school because I have a week or 2 of regular school work Then I will have a week or 2 of doing somthing I love to do.
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Old 05-03-2007, 05:12 PM   #6
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my son went for auto collision -32,000. im on the fence. he's done with the school and is home working a 12.00hr job that he started almost a year ago at 10.00hr and he likes it but is now wondering if he should have went to our local community college for half the $$$. or just got a job in that field and learned it for the older guys on the job.iowa isntxactly a hot bed for good wages! but if your not going to a 4 yr then its a good idea to go learn a trade in a tech college My .02
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Old 05-04-2007, 05:33 AM   #7
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I went to a Automotive Technology trade school. I am also on the fence. The more I think about it, I really should have either gone to a 4 year, got a degree in something as a backup, then entered mechanics, or just gone into the field without going to school for it.

Schools like WyoTech, UTI, LTI etc. will only teach you the basics, which most of you probably already know. Their only job (for 23,000) is to teach you the basics and help you get your fit in the door in the field. DO NOT expect to go to one of these places and graduate and be a technician making flat rate and brining home 75,000k. Its not going to happen. When you get out, your gonna get a job as a technicians apprentice for ~9-10.00 hr. I have friends that graduated 3-4 years ago still making less than 12.00 in a high paying area of Maryland.

Furthemore, make sure working on cars is what you want to do day in day out for the next 50 years. If I could do it all over again, I would go back to a 4 year in a heartbeat. Working on you car on the weekend is a great stress reliever, but as a career it can be just plain stressful. Spenind 1/4 of your paychecks on tools, busting your knuckles non stop on cars you dont like, getting irritated at stubborn jobs etc. Dealing with a bunch of pissed off jack leg mechanics day in and day out gets stressful too. A lof of the guys that work in the field are not very friendly. It takes a huge tool on your body too. If you have any pains or back pains/problems now, no matter how small, expect them to be 100x worse 2 years from now. Learn to give up the computer too, or youll get carpal tunnel in 5 years .

Its a good career if you truly love working on cars, and not just YOUR car. You have to be willing to work on any make/model, and do any job, no matter how irritating and never give up. You have to be willing to go to work and take a job, knowing youll only get paid 4 hours for it, and its gonna take ya 8 or 9 to finish it up.

Also, take a look at whats going on with gas prices and cars right now. We are on the verge of a major automotive change. Either new, very strict, emissions are going to take effect, or maybe even a whole new engine design all together, utilizing a different enegery source. Do you want to pay 30,000 now, than stop and go back and pay another 30,000 to retake those same classes? A lot of those schools advertise you can go back and retake classes for free but they dont follow through. GET THAT IN WRITING, along with as many classes you want in writing. They still wont let you take brand new classes for free, but alteast you could retake, say Exhaust and Emissions, and than pay $650 to take hydrogen engines 101.

Finally, if you do decide to go, take a General Service Tech job while you are in school there (oil changes, tires etc.) so that when graduate, you can get a tech apprentice job. Saves you a year or more that way. It is much easier for the school to get you an apprentice job if you have experience, than to get one yourself only being in the field for 1 year.

PM me if you have any more questions. I worked as a monkey for 4 years, went to Lincoln Technical Institute, than did Automotive Restoration for over a year, and finally left tech jobs for a differnent aspect of the field.

Good luck with whatever you do.

EDIT: PS, REMEMBER, you can always go to a community college, take automotive along with something else, and then get a degree in Autmotive Technology AND a fall back at the same time. Thats what I should have done, and thats what I suggest with the automotive field in the shape it is right now.
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Old 05-04-2007, 06:01 AM   #8
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It takes a special breed to be a professional Mechanic. I loved working on cars and the freedom to choose what I worked on, however I started out changing oil, busting tires, and heavy brake work for a couple of years. I went through the best program in Minnesota at that time and all the shops cared about was experience. They loved the fact that I had the credentials and it got me in the door but without experience it was just a piece of paper to them. I learned most of my useful skills from the old guy in the corner of the first shop I worked in. We called him the shop mop because he always looked like he layed down and mopped the floor with himself. If your goal is for restoration of car as a hobby a program would be a good route. I can teach you all I know about the mechanical side with hands on, but the body side always made me nervous. Might have been the dazed looks I saw on the faces of the body guys at Pontiac/Buick/GMC after spending hours in a poorly ventilated room with a ton of chemicals.

What ever decision you come up with on this matter I will back you up.

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Oops, Just realized Lev didn't start this thread. AD I would be happy to teach you everything I learned in the shops also but it might be a heck of a commute

Ok seems I need another cup of coffee to kick the brain up one more notch.
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thats how it is around here too, the paper dont mean crap without experience. I also learned how to work on cars through experience at the shop, and all the technical and diagnostic stuff in school.
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thats how it is around here too, the paper dont mean crap without experience. I also learned how to work on cars through experience at the shop, and all the technical and diagnostic stuff in school.

Ever had to do a split rim. They are a hoot when they explode
Had one of them go through the roof one day.

AD, Wyotech is a good school, but as was stated be ready to be disappointed with the pay at first. When you get the experience and are able to pull down jobs and beat the book you will see some income. It will take years in most cases.
Also around tax time people will not spend money on their cars unless they know they are getting a refund. I spent alot of days around that time playing footbal in the shop with the guys.
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LoL..no no, only worked as a GS for 2 years, never did a split rim But, I did see a different GS tech stab one with a knife with 40lbs in it Pieces of concrette were missing from walls..!
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LoL..no no, only worked as a GS for 2 years, never did a split rim But, I did see a different GS tech stab one with a knife with 40lbs in it Pieces of concrette were missing from walls..!

LOL, they were fun to play with thats for sure. One other quick tip. When you are bored in a shop, never under any circumstances, fill a garbage bag full of acetylene and light it. It not only scares the heck out of everyone in the shop. I knocks things off walls, and gets a person time off.

The loss of facial hair also
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Or the chemicals I dealt with in the shops.
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LOL, they were fun to play with thats for sure. One other quick tip. When you are bored in a shop, never under any circumstances, fill a garbage bag full of acetylene and light it. It not only scares the heck out of everyone in the shop. I knocks things off walls, and gets a person time off.

The loss of facial hair also
I may have to try that next time we light a fire with acetone, ill add an acetalyne balloon on top
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Oh, btw, never make the new kid do his first fuel pump with jack stands, then throw firecrackers at 'em when hes good and wet and layin in a puddle Good way to loose a new employee
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Oh, btw, never make the new kid do his first fuel pump with jack stands, then throw firecrackers at 'em when hes good and wet and layin in a puddle Good way to loose a new employee

My first "new guy job" was a sunroof and a trailer hitch on a F100, no lift. I was picking metal shavings out of my hair (I had hair then) until the next morning.
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LOL, they were fun to play with thats for sure. One other quick tip. When you are bored in a shop, never under any circumstances, fill a garbage bag full of acetylene and light it. It not only scares the heck out of everyone in the shop. I knocks things off walls, and gets a person time off.

The loss of facial hair also
Guy I work with does that with trash bags. Today at work they blasted Unit two's boiler all day long with blasting caps. It sounded like a war zone at work. BOOM BOOM BOOM 12 hours of it and I think I have PTSS now. Guy I work with joe joe, started quoting "good morning vietnam" jokes. I couldent stop laughing.

They have to use blasting caps on the boilers after they shut down a unit to knock off clinkers inside the boiler. clinkers are burnt dirt which turns hard, some build up the size of school buses.

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