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Hey guys, I'm looking into apprenticing with a Honda dealer and was wondering what tools I would need as a first year apprentice. I'm just trying to price things out, figure out how much they would cost. If someone has a rough idea of what all tools you need as a basic mechanic, that would help me out immensely as I evaluate my options. Thanks a lot, peace!
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A basic rachet and socket set definately deep...shallow is probably optional, metric and standard. Wrenches metric and standard. screwdrivers. Maybe a hammer. pliers side, cutters, and brake tools. thats some basic stuff to get you started. don't skimp on tools either if you are serious about becoming a mechanic good tools will last you a lifetime and some even have lifetime warranties..there's some basics for you to think about
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Craftsman Tools have a lifetime warranty. I got a nice 260 piece set for $200. You also might want a torque wrench. I wanted to become a mechanic as well but after I found out how they are doing as of now, I don't think it's a good idea. (Don't mean to put you down or anything but yea...)
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mm. I dunno, In saskatchewan, the research I've been doing shows that they're doing pretty well. But yah, thanks for the tips guys. Any other thoughts and advice is much appreciated.
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Re: Becoming an auto tech

not trying to dissaude you, but I wouldn't do it. I went to a tech school for autobdu, and decided I did not want to do that. working on cars day in and day out gets pretty boring after a while. but back on topic. socket set, wrench set, torx, pliers, screwdrivers, at least one hammer, probably air tools at least an impact gun and wrench, trying to think of other things but it's hard cause I'm in the parking lot at work. just go to people that are already techs and ask them too
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So what about being a tech turned you off? Just the fact it got boring for you?
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Join the Marines and be a mechanic. They pay better and you get free insurance, health, dental, etc.
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The Marines are awfully hard to join when you live in Canada. And Canadian military? Please.
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Okay, fist of all I will warn you of the effects of working on other peoples cars. The cars on the road that are in the worst shape maintenance wise are those of auto technicians. Working on cars all day can either leave little time to work on your own or suck the energy out of you so you don't feel like working on your own. Also, this job takes alot out of you. If you love cars it may turn that love into annoyance. Nothing against the automotive industry. I love my job, and I love cars... it's just some days I wish I could just work on my own and everyone to just leave me alone. A tip is that if you can get the job, talk to the manager about ASE certification. It helped me out alot and the pay increase didn't hurt either.
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The Marines are awfully hard to join when you live in Canada. And Canadian military? Please.
Didn't know you were Canadian... And I've met some of your Canadian Air Force guys. I know what you mean, ha.

Well, PM deafy. He works for Honda and can probably tell you a bit about the company and answer some questions.
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ASE certification? What is that exactly? And yup, I definitely realize that it could turn a hobby into a job into a chore into a hate. But, I've been working part time at Fountain Tire for quite some time doing tires, oil changes, small repairs, etc. And I find that I really enjoy it. So yah, we'll see. Still thinking it over. And thanks Si, I'll get on that!
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ASE is pretty much the standard for good mechanics in the US, not sure about Canada. Most dealerships require it cause it means you had the proper standard training and aren't just a shadetree mechanic from the street.
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Okay, we have that kind of thing up here, but it's just getting a trade certification, a journeyman. It would be 4 years with 10 months of work and 2 months of school each year. And then after your fourth year, you write a test, and youre certified.
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Just something we have in the states. Didn't realize you were in Canada. It means Automotive Service Excellence. Just a piece of paper saying you have taken tests and have a certain degree of knowledge.
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Okay, fist of all I will warn you of the effects of working on other peoples cars. The cars on the road that are in the worst shape maintenance wise are those of auto technicians. Working on cars all day can either leave little time to work on your own or suck the energy out of you so you don't feel like working on your own. Also, this job takes alot out of you. If you love cars it may turn that love into annoyance. Nothing against the automotive industry. I love my job, and I love cars... it's just some days I wish I could just work on my own and everyone to just leave me alone. A tip is that if you can get the job, talk to the manager about ASE certification. It helped me out alot and the pay increase didn't hurt either
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idk bout all that...one of my buddies is an auto tech...he works in a bs shop that old ladies go to all day...he has three cars...one a 95 civic...fully-built himself ls vtec..another..85 camaro w/various mods...and a dodge ram...and he just told me he took out a loan and is starting the rebuild on his civic
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Different strokes for different folks. I still love my job after all that.
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ASE certification? What is that exactly?!
It is your Dr. degree for cars lo.
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Find out if they have a snap-on tool truck the comes once a week. (or some other company) That's a really nice way to pick tools up as you go, and you'll have all your co-workers around you to help recommend stuff.
Don't be afraid to borrow tools from your co-workers either. Just don't break or loose anything. ;)
I was a tire and lube tech. at a ford dealership for a while. Was a lot of fun. But once they started training me to become an actual mechanic, I got pretty bored with it. IDK, I just don't like to mix business and pleasure I guess.
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hey man... if you love cars... then it is worth it. I LOVE BEING A MECHANIC. i have been one for 10 years... and i have even worked at the local honda dealership. unfortunately w/ the hard times of the economy they layed people off ... and i was one of them... since i was the youngest tech there. but, now i am starting my own shop and i am doing alright. by the way...as far as tools... everything metric. don't even bother w/ standard size sockets or wrenches. hondas are all metric. start w/ sockets and open end wrenches ..costs aprox 300- 400. start w/ deep sockets. 1/2" impact gun... costs aprox 400- go w/ ingsol rand... i think thats how you spell it. 19mm and 21mm 1/2" sockets... for you lug nuts... and thats the basic beginner tools.
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you will start off doing oil changes so the amount of tools you will need immediately is minimal. I would get enough tools to do oil changes, rotate tires, repair tires (the dealership will have some tools for this)..etc. Being new means you get all the bitch work. I couldnt take it. too repetitive and there is no room for being creative.
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Hey BUSTR did you mean Ingersol Rand. Those are the best !!! I've had mine for over 9 years and it just now messed up on me. And the great thing is all I have to do is have Snap-On replace or fix it for free baby!!!
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Hey Bustr, thanks man, that's kinda the route I'm thinking of. Cars make me happy now, so why bust my hump for some other office job that I don't even think I'll like. Thanks for all the help, I definitely am realizing that starting out as a mechanic isnt some huge financial mountain. Oh, and all metric? That seems like I could get caught with my pants down? I dunno. I suppose if I'm at Honda and Honda alone? meh, just a thought. I just got back from a soccer game where a guy blew his hip righttt out. And now, it's time for sleep. Peace out.
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Hey man are you looking to apply at the Honda in Regina? Ps don't go only metric. Even if you don't need it right away it's always handy to have
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Well, I'm not looking to apply there just yet, I'm still deciding if I want to change from the U of R. But yah, of all the dealerships I've visited and talked to, the Honda on Broad street was by far the most impressive.
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Hey guys, I'm looking into apprenticing with a Honda dealer and was wondering what tools I would need as a first year apprentice. I'm just trying to price things out, figure out how much they would cost. If someone has a rough idea of what all tools you need as a basic mechanic, that would help me out immensely as I evaluate my options. Thanks a lot, peace!
I work in the industry and can say that most entry level use the tools in shops not alot have the kind of cash to throw out to get some good tools.
I see craftsman was thrown out there, they are good tools fair for an entry level tech.Dont go off and buy all the tools before seeing if they will allow you to use the in house tools.One of the biggest mistakes made by alot of people,but if you do get a metric/SAE set ratchet set,get a pair of needlenose pliers and dikes,and Torque wrenches are a key because you will need to torque everything to spec,dont go to a cheap place like walmart or harbor freight I like the saying you get what you pay for. I got Snap on digital ft and inch lb torque wrenches. I got alot of matco and snapon in my work tool box and they paid for themselves I can easily say that much.
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yea metric...lol. not for nothing but you can use metric a lot more then you think. All imports and foreign cars use metric. most people buy imports now anyways... especially since now most american car dealerships are shutting down... you would want to get into an import dealership. really you can use metric even on most standard sizes. 10mm>= 3/8 11=>7/16 13=> 1/2 14=> 9/16. ford drainplugs you can use 15....dodge 13mm and/or 14mm.... nissan 14mm...honda 17mm.... toyota 14 mm.... chevy/?? i think 13mm ... no bull i have used metric for alot of things.. my standard sets collect dust.

my new local snap on guy is a jerk so i dont really like giving him my business. he won't fix my ingersol tools... but i have to give him money each week for my sick snap on mig welder.... ( i love it..does mig/tig/ for steel and i even got the spool gun) it works off of 120v not 220v so i can use it almost anywhere.
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Ahh you guys are so jaded.

I can tell you from experience that once you get to know a job and the "new-ness" wears off... it gets boring. ANY FREAKING JOB. I've had experience doing 3 totally different careers. Marketing, Teaching English as a second language overseas, working in a Vet's office. Plus retail part-time work and restaurant hostessing, and working in a computer shop.

Any job will get to be a grind once you've been there awhile. What you have to do is find somewhere that you really want to work, and also always keep in mind that at it's best IT'S JUST A JOB. There will be days that you love, days you hate, days you feel like you don't get paid enough... it doesn't matter what you do, in the end a job is a job and that's all there is to it.

Best advice I can give you is if you want to be a mechanic then GO FOR IT. If you want to go into mechanical engineering then GO FOR IT. There are other things to do in the automotive industry than just work on cars; you can end up being a service manager, parts manager, crash cars for mercedes-benz to test safety at different speeds (yes there are people who do this and get paid good for it), work at a corporate office on employee cars instead of public customer cars... Most people change their careers at least once/twice in their lifetimes. The worse thing that can happen to you imo is looking back and regretting that you didn't try XYZ...

No regrets guys. JUST DO IT!

1) You only have one life to live. If you end up in a job where hate what you're doing, you don't get a "do-over". That time working there is gone forever.
2) If you're having second thoughts, please refer to rule #1.
3) The economy will recover but right now it's in a slump so it's a great time to go to school and get an education.
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we're gonna pop your hood, stand back and stare at it for an extended amount of time while drinking beers, hypothesizing what the problem could be, and wishing and hoping it fixes itself

sound like a good plan!?!?!?
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