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Old 01-15-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
Steamy Thrillz
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Default Any shops in the area doing apprenticeships?

I have always wanted to get into a shop. In recent years all I've wanted to do is fix and mod cars, Subarus in particular. So really what I'm looking for is a place that can help me get my foot in the door. Does anyone know of any places or would anyone want to take me under their wing to learn the trade?
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:25 AM   #2
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If you truly are looking for some sort of apprenticeship, my advice is the following. And asking in a national car forum is not how you do it.

First, check the newspaper or local forums. Most performance shops post in local forums about job openings and such.

Second, be realistic. If you have no formal schooling in mechanics or machining, do not expect much. You will likely have to start as a "gopher", or a lowly maintenance guy .. but you gotta start somewhere to get your foot in the door. Note: "I mod all my cars" is not formal schooling or experience.

If you cannot find jobs posted, then put on some nice clothing, and go IN PERSON to local shops and ask about this very thing. By nice clothing, I am talking a button up shirt with nice fitting pants and maybe a tie .... not a polo shirt, baggie jeans, and flat bill hat.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:16 AM   #3
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I don't know your age or background, so answering your question is difficult.

Are you currently a tech, looking to get into a shop specializing in performance mods? Are you an "enthusiast" looking to get into working on cars at an independent shop, hoping to gain some knowledge and experience? Are you currently in high school, and enrolled in an automotive program?

If #1, look for shops in your area and set up an interview. If #2, see what GrumpyPitbull said. Your chances of getting into a performance oriented shop without any automotive mechanical training or experience is slim to none. (Sorry) If #3, check to see if your school participates in the AYES program. You'll need good grades to get in - they don't accept slackers. It's a great program that gives you dealership experience, working with experienced technicians, and offers you the chance to purchase a starter set of tools at an excellent price if you stay with the program.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:29 AM   #4
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If you're not willing to commute to Florida, or move for this, you should probably post in nesic
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