- Class: GUI 47 Career Exploration
- Educator: Issac Contreras
- Home Base: Gateway College and Career Academy
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Being Physically Acive
Environment & Nature
Try your best and give it your all no matter what others say. Do not let anybody tell you that you are not good enough. With a lot of hard work and will, anything can be accomplished. Never take the easy road. You will miss a lot of character building and knowledge building moments. Some of the hardest times make us the strongest.
Mechanic and AT&T Electrical Technician
Works on building and repairing electrical systems.
What type of route did this leader take?
"It was straightforward."
"It took a while to figure out."
"I tried everything."
Leader's Work Life
As a mechanic most of his day was spent working on cars and truck to increase performance. He had to learn a lot of different things as he broke into diesel work. He started working on diesel performance and turbos. Auto body enhancements like lift kits, grill guards, stereos and lighting. All of this experience with auto electrical systems led to his job at AT&T as an electrical technician. Now he work on all the systems operated by AT&T.
There was lots of different things going on and he tried a lot of different jobs which helped him get where he is today. He started out in fast food just trying to make extra money so he could build up his car. When he started working on his car he found he really liked mechanics and that is what started his interest. He worked a lot of different jobs in auto air conditioning and engine work. Then his jobs led to meeting other people and starting to do other types of work like diesel performance and turbos, lifts kits and gear splitting.
Advice from my Leader
He gave me the advice to start out small but never settle for that position. Always keep working for something better! He said once you get into the field and starting meeting people they learn traits about you and what type of work ethic you have. Some of his friends started out sweeping floors and then they learned he could weld and do it really good. Because of that little thing, he got promoted and a job in the shop building sand rails. He said this just shows that if you keep working you can do anything.
Making the col-call was not that bad once you actually picked up the phone and started talking to someone. It's just leading up to the call were you get nervous and freak out. You just have to take that first step and jump in.
Before and After
I have talked to people in the car and car/truck performance industry who have started shops. They said it was hard work and they had to do a lot of other jobs and work for other people to learn the skills. They said that schooling helped but you can learn more by working in the field. One guy told me that starting his own business was the hardest thing and cost a lot of money and took most of his time to get everything going. The money was really hard starting out and he did not make it. He went back to work with someone who already had a business started and worked for years with him. The company got bigger and they talked about expanding and this gave him the opportunity to start a business kind of on his own. They became partners and this was the best things that happened. He said when he had to close his business he thought it was the worst day but things happen for a reason and he is happy things turned out like they did because he would not have his business today or a good friend.