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    Posted by Victor LaVarnway on October 4, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Fellow Techs,

    I am the Auto Shop Instructor for Hanford High School and Hanford West High School.  I am reaching out to you all to invite you to join our Facebook Group.  


    I created this group as a place to post jobs and relevant information for my current and past students to get feedback on the Industry from the Industry!  I would love any advice and guidance you all may have!



    Victor LaVarnway replied 6 years, 6 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • ryoung

    October 5, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I commend you on this initiative. I think it is extremely important to educate the future technician on the realities of the industry. I am part of a organization that provides free diagnostic training for community college automotive program students. I think that as a industry we need to show the future professional a clear career path.

    I would like to discuss how to possibly work together for the common goal.




  • pillorautoworks

    October 12, 2017 at 10:44 am


    This hits so close to home with me. When in high school, our automotive programs had been cut and I missed a lot of opportunities to get my hands dirty. I eventually went the run of the mill rout getting a college degree with oil in my veins. I still look back and wonder where I would be today had I taken some risks and looked for opportunities in the automotive industry before I hit 20.

    Excluding all the basics, if I could go back and try again I would start with these things.

    1. look at technology trends and educational demands. Yes you have to know how to fix petrol or diesel cars, but technology is shifting in ways that are out moding these platforms. Look into what industry standards Tesla and other electric vehicle technicians are held to. Look into what industry standards commercial vehicle technicians are held to.  Find these people on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc and ASK QUESTIONS. ” What do I need to do what you do?”.

    2. I had to work during high school to help my family. If time and finances are not strained while you are in high school, put in free work at a shop. I strongly suggest if you can afford to work for free, start knocking on  doors of shops ( small business) and ask for a chance to help around the shop. I have come to find a lot of small shops do good work, but they know little about social media and adverting ( basic computer skills). I am sure every high school kid can navigate facebook by now and I strongly recommend bartering these services for some hands on experience. DONT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER. I have had to do this before and was turned down several times from the same shops until they finally said, “okay, we will see how it works”.

    3. If you want it so bad, act like it. As a teenager in high school motivation and interest was always fleeting. As soon as something was hard I tend to walk away. Maybe this isn’t your personality but it is something that is common among the youth. Another reason why shops are reluctant to take on a young helpers, even free ones. Find a reason to stick with it. If money is your motivation, look back at those on LinkedIn or Facebook, remind you self what they did and what you will need to do to get there. If skill is your goal, put effort in researching how to’s and DIYs. ASK QUESTIONS. Engulf your self into the matter of car service so deeply you have to ask questions about things.

    4. Plot a career path. Again, I had no clear agenda when I transitioned from high school to college and from college to the real world. You will be told “its okay to not know what you want yet”, and it is, but if you FAIL to PLAN then PLAN to FAIL. You are at POINT A ( high school class, know nothing, etc ) and you want to get to POINT B ( master tech, shop manager, shop owner, youtube personality, millionaire, etc ). The problem with a though process like this is you are skipping 20 steps and not making a time line of how quickly all this can be obtained.  I graduated college in 2011, its 2017 and I am a Euro Specialist Shop Manager, still digging my self out of student loan debt. Had I planned my career goals and education plan better, I might have gotten where I want to be sooner with less over head ( debt ).

    5. THIS IS NOT A SHORT CUT. If you choose this rout instead of college, which is doable, it does not mean its easier. What you are not spending in college you will be spending in TOOLS and CERTIFICATIONS. The upside to this is you can avoid going into debt going this rout but maintaining lower up front costs than getting a degree. You can get EDUCATED AS YOU WORK. Some opportunities will PAY for you to get educated to work for them as you work for them. I WISH I WENT THIS ROUT.

    I am sure there is more I have not covered but I honestly look back and wish someone told me these things.

    Hope this is helpful in your efforts.


  • Victor LaVarnway

    October 12, 2017 at 1:13 pm


    I am going to print and share your feedback with my classes!

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