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Started as an Auto Mechanic
Posted to Educators' Forum on 2/19/2013 24 Replies

Hi All, I have been following with interest the thread (Now hiring all shifts) on the interest in the industry by young students and the responses by educators and techs. I have been beaten up by negative persons on the site sometimes for my enthusiastic support and reporting of the successes of some of my young students in past years. I stand on their success as I do check on them often and they are doing well in this trade. Even if some did start at 15 or so as did I long ago.

In all the bad news of the current economic era I found this article refreshing. I emailed the former auto mechanic, James Hamilton.

Here is the story in Wired Mag:

James replied to the email I sent him about his thoughts on a career start as an auto mechanic. He graciously replied in depth about the positive affects on his life the early learning and experiences as a tech. I will share later.

His story gives hope to those that start at the lube bay or parts puller at the wrecking yard.


Sonny Reeves
ASE Industry Education Alliance
Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA

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