Retired Techs

Billy Mechanic Deming, New Mexico Posted   Latest   Edited  

I guess this is where to go with this post. Wondering about creating a new topic concerning … techs (people like me). I subscribed to this group just to keep up with what is going on after 40 plus years and … for 2 years. Kinda like the joke about the dog that caught the car,what the heck do I do now. I have been in a battle with a health problem for the last 18 months and now in remission getting wayyyyy bored. Thinking about contacting other out to pasture techs such as I for discussion about our situation. 

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Albin Diagnostician
Leavenworth, Washington
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I feel your pain. I tried the retirement thing when I was 65. It didn't work, so I opened my shop back up and went back to work. I deal with aches and pains, currently I am doing some back therapy to get rid of neuropathy in my feet. That seems to be working pretty good. Even with me working on cars every day, it is a struggle to keep up with things.

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John Owner
Huntington Beach, California
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Mentor, please. The tremendous value stored in the heads of retired auto talent should be put to the best and highest use. Mentor the current in-service techs and the apprentices that are entering the field. The question is how and where. Let's continue this conversation . . . . . there is a way.

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Martin Instructor
Burnaby, British Columbia
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Absolutely John! While working in a GM dealership for many years, I became a mentor and assisted in technician development, along with selecting appropriate candidates for the GM ASEP apprenticeship. There needs to be more to work than chasing the almighty $$$$ and much satisfaction can be had from assisting others through mentorship. Not all technicians are suited to mentoring, but for those…

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John Owner/Technician
Mount Vernon, New York
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Fully understand .I can't retire because I get bored too fast.& Get in trouble lol

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Sam Mobile Technician
Flint, Michigan
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I go to a lot of shops that the retired techs just hang out a mingle with the techs and Customers most are volunteers but the shops love having them around

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Steven Instructor
LaGrange, Georgia
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Contact a local school system- High school or tech school. See if they would like for you to come in and talk about your experience. Give the up and coming tech some heads up about what has worked and what hasn't worked for you as a tech and business owner.

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Scott Manager
Claremont, California
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Hi Billy, Fyi, you're welcome to establish a new User Group (e.g. Retired Techs), and if you need help with that please let us know.

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Daniel Owner/Technician
Ingleside, Texas
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...Great idea Scott...I'm not planning on retiring (not until I start pushing up sticker burrs)...and I'll stay vocal to the end...Dan H. ...South Texas...

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Mike Owner/Technician
Tillsonburg, Ontario
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Sticker burrs...you Texans kill me

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George Owner/Technician
Skagway, Alaska
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I'm facing that problem myself. It's getting too much for me to handle as much as I used to handle on a daily basis. I've got it down to where I work 6 months and then off for 6 and I can already feel the boredom setting in. On top of that my wife left me middle of the summer so I have no 1 at home either. I did take a part time job teaching at the college. That won't start until January. I'm…

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Jeff Technician
Lake Hughes, California
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Been fully retired for 18 months, we are full time Rving so there is no boredom factor, I think the mentoring idea is great, when I was doing mobile diagnostics I was paid to mentor several guys, plus whenever I worked on a vehicle I invited every one to participate.

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Jamey Owner/Technician
Ventura, California
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If you get bored and want to come by and answer all the dumb questions, talk to the telemarketers, and keep the coffee pot full, you know where I’m at! ;-)

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Jeff Technician
Lake Hughes, California
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Will be in Ventura around Thanksgiving, just might do that.

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Michael Owner/Technician
Montague, New Jersey
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- Teach - Do side jobs - Ask around at shops and see if they're looking for a diagnostic only guy/Shop foreman - Become a mobile technician - Buy a sports car, get a 20 something woman and have a late life crisis - Explore the USA in an RV - Buy a motorcycle and tour - Buy an ORV and have fun in the desert - Do whatever makes YOU happy!

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Gail Technician
Garner, North Carolina
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- Teach---Nobody wants to hear what the old guy has to say. GIVE ME THE MONEY is all they want. - Do side jobs--I can't crawl around on the ground anymore. Plus they don't want to pay. - Ask around at shops and see if they're looking for a diagnostic only guy/Shop foreman--Seems obvious. They aren't interested. Too busy to even talk because they are trying to push 10 oil changes thru, in one…

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Michael Owner/Technician
Montague, New Jersey
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- Maybe so. However, every time I attend training, it's a full house. Training makes them and the shop money. - Point taken but as far as not paying, you need a better clientele. - You're going to the wrong shops. At my shop I don't think we do 10 oil changes in a month on average. There's no money in oil changes anyway. Those shops use them as a come on and then attempt to up sell. Most shops…

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James Diagnostician
Bishop, Georgia
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Flip some used cars

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Stuart Mobile Technician
Blue Island, Illinois
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Hello Billy I am turning 65 next Wednesday the 6th and finding myself torn between retiring and driving the rest of the world crazy or keep working and keep the world driving me crazy​. ​After 30some years in an industry that has become so thankless and stressful,I'm suprised that I still can walk with what this job does to your body and mind​.​ When I first started in this business,I thought I…

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George Owner/Technician
Skagway, Alaska
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I'm pretty close to that point in life myself. I sure can't keep spending all that is necessary in order to keep current on tools, updates, and tech data. But I can't do my job without any of it. Snap on wants $1200 to update their scanner. Autel wants $800 something. Tech data is $179/mo for 1 site and there are a few others that different companies pay me for. (I work in a semi remote tourist…

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Stuart Mobile Technician
Blue Island, Illinois
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George My brother had raised his family and still lives in not so remote Wasilla up there in Alaska​.​In fact my Sister-in-Law just razzwd me because there is less cold and snow up where she is then here in Chicago. Hang in there my friend,life is still great

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George Owner/Technician
Skagway, Alaska
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My winter home is not to far away from Wasilla. It's been 50* and high winds and some rain. But I think tonight we might see snow. Life is still really good inspire of all that has happened this yer.

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Stuart Mobile Technician
Blue Island, Illinois
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Do you have family from the Chicago area because an old friend has the same last name​.​Vito is his first name.

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George Owner/Technician
Skagway, Alaska
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The … name goes way back. I have run across that name a lot in my travels. My cousin knows the lineage all the way back to Italy. Me not so much

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Gail Technician
Garner, North Carolina
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You ain't alone. Everything you wrote is true here in WARM NC.

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Bob Engineer
Willis, Michigan
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Just … in September. Been extremely busy completing all of the projects on the "back burner" while working/traveling. These will soon be done. I plan to continue to work with SAE's education division to provide expertise.

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Billy Mechanic
Deming, New Mexico
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Created a user group: … Techs (#…-techs). Hope I did it right, thinking it would be a good place to talk about what to do now and any ideas that could benefit the young techs out there, Folks tell me I am a wealth of knowledge (looking at the scares most of my knowledge is don't do it this way). Simple things have really helped me that could be passed on Albins description of ohms…

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Martin Instructor
Burnaby, British Columbia
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Okay Billy, I'm in. At 67, I'm not nearly the oldest from a list of familiar "old timer" names in your thread. Since I'm still working, I quip that I'm not retired yet, just "tired", but actually that is far from the truth. I'll tell you a bit about myself to demonstrate the path that I trod and where I'm currently at as the inevitable final day will arrive whether I like it or not. My journey…

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Daniel Owner/Technician
Ingleside, Texas
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...Great write up Martin...as usual...Dan H. ...South Texas...

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Martin Instructor
Burnaby, British Columbia
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Thanks Dan. I am not planning on any immediate exit from the trade. My exit from heavier daily wrenching was dictated by degenerative disc as a result of that 1980s accident, but I still enjoy working on vehicles. I wonder just how many of us older technicians who have experienced similar debilitating injuries either had to walk away from the trade or were able to make a sideways move such as in…

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Richard Technician
Stony Brook, New York
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One of the guys I used to work with retired and he got into volunteering at a local soup kitchen and he loves it. They cook food 2 nights a week and serve it to people in need. He says its really enjoyable being around the other people preparing the food and those coming in are very thankful. He also took up driving Uber a some nights. Whatever you do, don't sit around forever. I think our…

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James Instructor
El Campo, Texas
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Hi Billy, I retired from working as an automotive technician 4 years ago(after 45 years). Our local high school was looking for an automotive instructor and I applied for the job and got it. I had to go through a year of school while teaching on a probationary certificate and take a state test to pass the teaching exam, but it was well worth the time. Taking the time over those years to become…

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Mario Curriculum Developer
Cocoa Beach, Florida
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Hi Billy, I "retired" from wrenching back in 1987 after 20 years and began teaching at the local community college. I retired from there in 2012. I'm now 73 and In addition to an occasional side job, I keep my brain active by doing consulting work for one of the major automotive textbook publishers, Cengage Learning. You might contact them or one of the other publishers. They are always looking…

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