Should I become an auto technician?

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Should I become an auto technician?

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So, I just want to hear some feedback from you guys because Im very torn about returning to work. I have been with the forum for a while, since before my cancer and my broken spine (ended up with bilevel fusion).

Its been years but I feel much better and working more and more on my cars (its also one of the reasons I was absent from the forum. It took a huge mental toll, learning how to walk again, wheelchair, walker, cane etc).

So, Im torn because I want to work, and maybe learn some more about the newer cars. I want Dodge, because I own two 2022s and would be nice to be sent to schools and stuff about them. Also they have very good discounts for new cars (I am eyeballing a Jailbreak, and I would have first dibs at an allocation).

The thing that worries me is that I would ruin my spin even more. No doubt I would start off with tire rotations, and oil changes, and that is a lot of listing. I dont have a lot of experience living again, with this injury. I just began doing some weight lifting, and slowly progressing, but its in the back of my mind that I could make life worse down the road.

Any of you guys live with this? C4 to C6 fused (not our C6..the cervical spine type), bulged and cracked discs in the lumbar region. I dont want to bea burden on anyone if I screw myself but also, making some money, learning new skills even at my age, are very appealing to me.

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Alex

PS, Dodge also has a bigger chunk of their sales as Challengers and Chargers, not small things I have less interest in. There are fewer Mustangs relative to Fusions than Challengers relative to...Darts? :grin:
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Alex,

Much as I admire your desire to get back to the workforce, I really want to stress serious caution. I mean, my own health issues don't sound nearly so extensive as yours, but I've forced myself into part-time lethargy ever since my heart blew a valve muscle two years ago. I'm still surprised I was able to do a core rebuild of Frankenstein's engine just months afterward, but it still took me months to do it. Well...okay, most of that time was not because of heart-induced fatigue; it was waiting on outsiders to do what I needed them to do. Still, there are times now that I do feel occasional stress coming from the ticker, like the artificial clip the surgeons installed on my blown valve is straining. I sometimes feel like I could do a job similar to the one you wish to return to; but, another side of me tells me that, with my projected life expectancy cut in half from that incident, I shouldn't push myself. Then the stubborn side of me wants to fix something on Frankenstein that isn't working like it should. Plus, I have an Army pension to live on, so it's not like I'll starve to death if I never work for wages or salaries again...although, admittedly, a job would make my life a bit more flexible money-wise.

I guess what I'm trying to suggest is, if you do decide to jump back into the auto-tech field (and I will stress again, I admire the idea), keep yourself at a pace that is comfortable for your body to handle. Tell the prospective employers about your condition, and negotiate with them just how far you may be able to go in the field. I know "willing" is virtually unlimited, but "able" is the critical factor. Don't overdo it; you don't want a relapse. And our little group needs to hold onto as many vets as possible at this point.

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Yes.

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Nope. Back problems, wheelchair walker cane.. lifting stuff, constantly standing and moving around in awkward positions, putting force on tools.. You're only asking for more problems.
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I say always follow what you want, as long as it doesn't harm someone else. Married? Will it stress your spouse out? Next question is why would you go to work for someone else? Why not do work under your own business? This way you can take on the work that you are comfortable with. We all know working on a vehicle causes the most awkward and uncomfortable positions. The only advantage I would see working for someone else is if you are trying to get healthcare under that employer. With the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, I don't know if having a precondition would disqualify you from a new employers healthcare. With this kind of health history do you qualify for SSI/Disability? So many things to consider and look into. What ever you choose, I wish you better health and happiness.
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If it were me I'd be concerned about how much less maintenance hybrids and electric vehicles need, and how that impacts the mechanic industry. Further, I don't know how i would be able to work if back issues started up.
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While I am very confident that the EV conversion is going to happen, maintenance of gas mobiles will continue to be a significant need for many years to come. It won’t happen overnight, even once all passenger cars and trucks sales are 100% electric. The fleet is over 270 million large in the US alone and only 13-17 million are sold each year. Cars are not smart phones and cost 24 to 90x as much to buy. The average age of a car on US roads is 12.1years. That means for every new car out there, there’s one that’s 24 years old.

Do what your heart and soul drives you to do. If you’re not doing it for money, then it has to be a passion. I’d love to fix 60s convertibles like John Cashman, but I’m not as motivated or as smart. I’m happy to run a forum for no financial benefit, instead. I’ve heard so-called “volunteers” don’t even get paid!

Wait… what?

Well, there’s always starting a YouTube channel, but then you have to know how to shoot, compile, and edit video. Why does everything have to be so much work?

What were we talking about?

Don’t hurt yourself and definitely keep lifting weights to improve your strength. If you have the right attitude, you can keep yourself busy and fulfilled doing anything that isn’t stressful. Let us know how things go, but keep posting Lincoln updates!
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