From Tech to Mech
May 7, 2010 4:41 PM Subscribe
Help me transition from being a system administrator to being some flavour of mechanic or tell me if I shouldn't bother.
posted by talkingmuffin to Work & Money (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I love to fix things. After 10 years in various IT positions I've found one that I really enjoy. I have a lot of freedom, good co-workers and I get to fix things on a regular basis. The problem is that I've had a bit of an "Office Space" moment.
I'm tired of staring at a screen all day. I'm tired of constantly having to learn new technologies. I'm tired of being so damn stationary. I want to continue to fix things but I want to use my hands and my body in addition to my brain. To me, becoming a mechanic (auto, motorcycle or aircraft) seems like a great fit; however, I could be very wrong.
I believe the problem solving and troubleshooting skills I have would be very transferable to this procession; I just need to go back to the basics. I know there are automotive repair classes at the local community college but I don't want to give up my job to go to school if I'm not sure about this transition.
First of all, do I have unreasonable expectations of what it is to be a mechanic?
Secondly, what are some of the things I can do to see if I enjoy the work? I don't have enough space to start disassembling motorcycles or automobile engines but I could tackle a non-functioning lawnmower or chainsaw engine. Would this be indicative of the sort of thing I would be doing as a mechanic?
Lastly, is going back to school the best path to getting into the industry or are self-starters better rewarded?