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Today we have a little mix of the automotive podcast, and Shop Shots. Many of you asked me to do a time lapse video of a day at the shop. So I hooked up the GoPro and gave it a try. I am really looking for your input on this video.
I will also be using this video as a tool to fine tune my time in the shop. It confirms my thoughts of spending a lot of time WAITING for things to happen.
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Thats some pretty minty lighting youve got in the shop, im a heavy duty/truck n trans mechanic and work for a local contracting company. Dark as christ in the cave in there so i gotta run around with two lights constantly so she can get hard on the eyes when you gotta go out for a service call
I think this was a very important video. People got to see what goes on behind the seens of a shop. So when they think there car is just sitting back there and you making them wait just to charge them more money.
Hey Humble Mechanic, I really like the time lapse of what a day in the shop looks like, it's too bad your shop will not let you do more. I was hoping you would slow the video down some so we can see what type of work you were doing, appreciate the descriptions though. I just think it would have been better to see the work in real time (on some of the more intensive tasks, i.e. diagnostics, etc) or slowed down significantly. Thank you for the upload, look forward to more of your videos. Keep up the good work.
i have some questions that popped up in my mind while watching this :D
how often does your beard gets dirty or stuck between parts? i have long hair and it can be really annoying sometimes so i make a knot to avoid uncontrolled movement.
i saw you opening the hood and you were bending over the motorblock, isnt that dangerous with a running engine? i mean, there are lots of spinning parts and hot surface.
here in germany you are beeing told, that if you get hurt because of your long beard or hair no insurance will ever pay for your accident. there are a lot of gross pictures of people who almost died by using machines with long hair...
i know that in the US things are different, but would a life insurance pay for some kind of accident i described?
how do you protect yourself (and your beard) when working?
(i hope you can understand most of my writing, english is not my first language)
greetings from germany, keep up the good work, i love your channel, and you are a really cool guy!
I'm surprised you were able to get permission to film during work hours. There are some very unscrupulous people out there. They can see the most mundane things and claim something sinister was happening. Judges and lawyers don't know the difference and don't care. We are the third most hated professionals (right behind Lawyers and Politicians). One completely bogus law suit could cost the company 10s of thousands just to defend and hurts your company rep and credit rating even when you win. Garage keepers insurance always settles and unscrupulous lawyers know this. If someone wants to be a jerk they can sue the company for invasion of their privacy just because you camera swept their tag or vehicle interior. I guess I need to make some videos about some of my experiences with this on my Sane Enterprise page. Till then you'll notice on my sane auto page I don't camera sweep the shop much. I keep camera mostly on the parts transmission tools etc. Most cars I film I have signed release agreement from the customer, unless its a car I am fixing to sell or its at a car show, drag strip etc. I even take cars out back behind the shop to film sometimes to avoid filming other customer vehicles (and to avoid my employees ;). The vids you do in the junkyard on those cars are your safest bet.
Yup a typical Saturday. Sometimes busy sometimes not. If you're training to be a mechanic and have little to no experience working in a professional environment be prepared because it's not an easy job. you can make upwards of 50 to $60,000 a year being a mechanic but you have to be willing to learn. You also can't work at a small shop and expect to make that amount of money. I have been a professional mechanic for going on 5 years now I have learned Lots in five years but I have a hell of a lot more to learn before I start making any sort of big money it's a rough strenuous get dirty type of career and always be trying to work your way up the corporate ladder work smart not hard because if you do this till your 55 or 60 years old your body is going to be shot
I would link from this video to what to do when the shop is slow video. Because as a tech, if you have time to wait for a car, you have time to catch up on your training/TSB's and what not, or you can go and see if another guy needs a hand.
question here: First time in my life I brought my Own car to a mechanic. The Mechanic fixed the issue but he stole the little coins I left inside my car,0 (not much like 5euros or so.) I think the Mechanic was good, but he still stole stuff inside my car, where they had nothing to do (fix)... should I blacklist this Mechanic and search a new one ? or is kinda of normal and I was dumb ? thx
I've worked in many shops and a lot of times they have porters that move the cars around while it's there. These guys don't make a bunch of money so the porters will usually be the culprit. That's been my experience anyway. Still not right though.
I love this and absolutely respect how straight you are about the industry, too many people have very mixed ideas of what goes on in a shop but this is it to a tee. All decent techs out there appreciate what you are doing with the channel and I wish I had found you earlier in my career!
NeetNaw When you come out you will earn low since you have no experience. You will probably make 23k or more per year starting off that's why you really need a passion for this job. Most people go to a tech school to learn but there are some who start off as oil changers, car washers, etc..
"constantly be paying thousands for tools" i can never understand this part when a mechanic complains.. yes, to start with you will invest a lot of money to get the tools for the job, in fact, when i started i spent my full first year mechanic salary just on the tools alone while i had a 2nd job to cover my living costs. after that when i had all the hand tools needed for the job and some diagnostic equip i barely spent anything. ofc occasionally i buy something i find myself missing in my toolbox but i wouldnt say i spend thousands any more. most workshops provide some sort of diagnostic equip. altho what you really need is a simple code reader, multimeter and live scope as long as you have understanding how things work and what you are looking for.
Because it is all flat rate when you become a technician. I can only assume that your MT's at some point just don't like to make money.
It is a completely different story when a MT can choose between something that is say a heater core and you have to take apart a dash board, but what do you do when there is zero work to be done. I would go bored if there wasn't something like a TSB, OJT, or grunt work to do.
I am not the FNG but i have to do the jobs like tires & lube, just really angers me when everyone pitches in except the MT unless he is made to. We help him if he needs it. I'm really not mocking humble mechanic at all. i'm giving him props for doing the bs jobs too!
What's up Charles. love the channel, I often listen to your podcasts while at work. I'm an automotive tech down in Florida at an Independent 5 star shop. I sort of envy you as you've found your niche with euro, even better if you're good at diag. I've never wanted to work in a dealership. the nice new cars is one thing, but I like to keep my skills well rounded to better service all makes and models as I can work on 4-7 different makes in a day. Euros really give me a headache, especially German wiring diagrams lol. I must say as constructive criticism, for the services you performed in this video your roll cart and work area is pretty messy. Not bad, maybe I'm ocd but seems a little excessive. sucks they won't let you do it again so you can show more in depth repairs/diags. I've wanted to do this for a while, it would end up with 4 waiter oil changes, a diag or two, maybe a w/pump or some vc gaskets... or today would've been 2 waiter changes/rotate, ABS failure diagnosis, jeep waterpump & lexus timing belt/waterpump.
You should come down and see what it's like to work in the HEAT. Lol
Seems like a normal day to me most customers come in for oil changes tire rotation battery replacement mass air flow sensors coolant flush etc. even if your a master tech you still need to do tech a type shit
He is a MT if you've seen all his posts and that's a Saturday where your going to do things you can get in an out quickly and not rebuilding a DSG or Auto tranny or Engine teardown is very low probability I would think on a Saturday. Plus he did a DSG transmission services and some service jobs, reprogramming an ECU and some other stuff. Not bad for a Saturday I think, some techs would love those hours.
I actually was thinking the very opposite. He looked very busy, even on a Saturday. Saturday's for me is beer, bolt, beer, bolt, beer, bolt, beer, bolt, beer, talk to nieghbor, beer, check out what nieghbor is working on, beer, what was I working on?, beer.............fast foward to Monday, "who the hell worked on this?"
hello in thisvideo you used a mityvac oil evacuator just like mine that I got 10 years ago and I couldnt ut it to work read the instruction manual 1000 times and its been sitting in my shop since now I know I should bogught the manual pump model instead , if you could make a video with the evac it would be great for me
thanks ABV colombia
Humble,this looked like a day that made more use of you physical abilities rather than your technical knowledge, I feel this is a problem. Perhaps you do not have any problem with LOF's and tire rotations, I do as I feel they waste the time I have spent learning more complicated activities.
New guys getting into this "biz' should take note. Most often you are not going to work you way out of doing this lower level work (I consider LOF's tire work) to be lower level work). You can spend 25 years at the Dealership and still be doing the same work (different car) that you did during your first year. I myself like the idea of putting my time in with the low level work but then after I have ;made it" in a sense the work I am dispatched reflects my knowledge,training,ability. Now what if all we have to do right now is LOFs and tire work,Hmmm?
Now I have worked at Dealerships that have dedicated LOF and tire people and I liked this idea. Some may say I am passing up a chance to score on a "gravy brake job" but so be it. I like to take on AC,electrical, add ons from sales,and then the problem SRS, stability control,check engine light,driveability, type work . I think a guy should look at if the Dealership he is thinking of joining tries to keep their older more highly trained techs working on jobs that fit their abilities.
Not born 'too good" but through hard work and self sacrifice my time could be better spent elsewhere. About "sweeping the floor". Be assured that I clean up my own mess..
I mention this to the new guys thinking of getting in this business. How much do you make on LOFs and tire work? do you want to be able to provide for a wife and maybe children? I think it was my choice to have a life long career as an auto mechanic as the reason there never was money for children. Sure the money started getting better after I hit 35 and up but in those early years (the years where my parents afforded 4 children on just my Dd's pay, no way)
A guy must be able to move up into the work that pays better. This is why I prefer the shops that have dedicated LOF and tire people, Now when and LOF or tire work is part of a service, now that is part of the job. Do not get stuck in doing the same work you did the first year in your 15th year. Think about why guys move out of this business. There are only so many shop foremen or lead tech jobs to go around. You must be allowed to move up and make more money, that is if you want any kind of life.
I don't think we are going to agree much here. Sure, I am not fan of oil changes, but it's part of the job. I would absolutely disagree that oil changes and tire work are "lower level". Is it easier than advanced diag? Yep, but to think that someone is too good for that, I don't agree with.
Just because I have more skills, or more training does not mean I am above anyone. I can tell you for 100% sure that some of the most successful people in the world do jobs that others would think are below them. I can tell you 100% for sure that guys like Roger Penske still sweep floors when needed.
Often times the things that are "low level" are what pays the bills. Doing tune ups pay way more as a product of efficiencies than diag work does 99% of the time.
Would you rather sit and do nothing? Maybe. For me, I am at work to work, if that means an oil change, or a MIL diag.
I get what you are saying, I just don't really agree. Many think that alignments are lower level. But I challenge anyone to say that modern car alignments are lower level..
Man no offense, but there was not one tech job in this whole video. Oil changes, tire rotations, batteries? Thats for the general service/lube guys. Ive never worked at a shop where the techs did that stuff and definitley not any dealer ive worked for. i dont know maybe its different where you live but oil changes and tire rotations are not flat rate pay. The usually pay the kids going to school minimum wage to do that stuff. I like the videos and youre obviously very passionate its just odd
+HumbleMechanic Open a what ?
What's the driving mech for the lifts and how do the two posts remain at the same height ?
Do you think they'd be better with the posts wider apart - so they're not in the way under the vehicle?
+Cuban Gamer Some cars, it's just easier. I have a MINI Cooper. If I do it this way, I don't even have to lift up the car as the oil filter is also removable from the top and can be done so without dripping!
I use to do tire changes, rotations, oil changes, re-balancing, road force balancing, all the good stuff that a service tech would do. Its a fun job, long as you have no life outside of work and can afford 70+ hour work weeks in an under staffed shop. Pay also sucks compared to Discount Tire.
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