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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve340 View Post
    Don't confuse background with aptitude!!

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    Airlines dont require either one. You need to be good if you are a one man show which is often the case in GA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve340 View Post
    Don't confuse background with aptitude!!

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    I'm not. But, by age 20 if someone hasn't enjoyed working on their own car or fixed bicycles, I question, or doubt, they will enjoy working on anything mechanical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevbo View Post
    Airlines dont require either one. You need to be good if you are a one man show which is often the case in GA.
    Sourpuss. You're not even an aircraft mechanic anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlennAB1 View Post
    Sourpuss. You're not even an aircraft mechanic anymore.
    Im a part timer now. I get some variety without changing tires and brakes outside in the rain, although most of my work is rather boring.

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    I see your point

    As a kid 12-17 I aspired to be a mechanic, mainly because the neighborhood I grew up in, would now classify as a Muscle car museum. SS Chevelles, Nova SS, Z28, Road Runner, 428 Torinos, Mustangs on and on and on. I read every copy of Car Craft I could buy find or steal.

    That being said just about everything I worked on turned to shit, LOL Fix the lawnmower? No training, my dads household SK tool set, recipe for disaster 100% of the time. At 17 I joined USAF as a Jet Mech and 3 weeks after my 18th Birthday I reported for Duty. First thing I did was buy a semi pile of crap Nova and hit the Auto Hobby Shop. I lived there for the next 5 years. It helped a LOT that I was stationed in a town that had a HUGE Streetracing Culture, Cruising Fri and Sat, Sat night go outside of town and Drag Race until the sun came up. Exactly like the opening scene of two lane blacktop.

    I had the desire and a natural aptitude for mechanics, but as everything has processes, I was completely ignorant of them. The Military taught me the process of being a professional mechanic. It taught me the importance of the job I did. Interaction with other mechanics as well as bosses etc, taught me the non technical side of life, in that I was a slow learner.

    So I guess what I am getting at, is if you were to make career advice from anything I touched prior to age 18, you would be well justified to tell me to go into the construction laborer field. And yet I found my path and found-and developed a seemingly rare natural aptitude and instinctive bias towards things mechanical.

    One hugely embarrassing example, was the first transmission I pulled I was 16 or so, and we undid the 6 bellhousing bolts, and spent 2 weeks trying to figure out how to loosen the last two bolts. As I now know, they were alignment dowels. A guy who had a clue came over, kicked the tailhousing and the freaking tranny fell out onto the floor.


    Just sayin....


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    Quote Originally Posted by GlennAB1 View Post
    I'm not. But, by age 20 if someone hasn't enjoyed working on their own car or fixed bicycles, I question, or doubt, they will enjoy working on anything mechanical.
    You never have a second chance, to make a first impression

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    It does appear that the pay is rising, most importantly at the lower end of the industry. At least now a kid can afford to get a start in the industry. I know so many guys in the early 90s that could not take the cut and never entered the industry.

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    Find another line of work. I've been doing this for over 30 years and I would discourage every young person who has interest in becoming an a&p against it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Db9469 View Post
    Find another line of work. I've been doing this for over 30 years and I would discourage every young person who has interest in becoming an a&p against it!
    Tell us how you really feel!

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    That's funny. You two must be related.

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    Just being honest. Why sugar coat the reality that our profession is under appreciated and under valued. I'm with my second major airline of my 30+ year career and facing labor strife once again. I've been the loyal employee and it may lead to starting over...again...at age 50. So...sorry if I don't paint a rosy, encouraging picture for any young person considering aircraft maintenance as a career path. Get you professional pilot ratings...they can't outsource that.

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