@Nicholai; I commend you for having a goal, many your age have not a clue what they wish to do for the future.
You may be able now, to as you put it (smash an engine)… I’ts putting it back together and it runs that is the key. Until you can do that successfully… you are only smashing an engine.
Many people here have given you great advice and are truly trying to lead you down the right path.
You could be an automobile engineer…but how can you design anything, without knowing how it goes together. We see this all the time, where the engineer designs a part and we think…“why did the dufuss put it there for, where we cannot even get a wrench on it.” So to be a good engineer you should know how things work and how they come apart.
As for the “Garage Mechanic”, you are not giving them the credit they deserve. You talk as though they are just a bunch of guys that get grease under their nails and once a week they scrub it out. They have talent and are educated in science, physics, chemistry, electronics and quite a few other areas. THe electronic’s side of autos…and the computerized technology that is always expanding in the cars of today is very complex and will always make more and more demands on the mechanic. Maybe this is the field that you should persue, if like you say…“you are good at IT.”
You will have to start out as “one of those grease Monkeys” as all of the professionals here did.
(No insult intended guys)
They didn’t just finish the last chapter in the text and a bunch of prospective employers were wrestling in the school hallway as to who would offer the first job. They started out at the bottom and worked their way up.
I’m not a professional, but it’s something like this;
Basic mechanic…then certification (s) in Brakes, Engine diagnostics, Electrical diagnostics, Diesel , Advanced Engine performance,and i’m sure i’m missing quite a few certifications.
So you will have to learn to put together the engine, then learn the advanced areas.
Like a lawyer, you could graduate with the highest score of the last decade and at your first job they are not going to let you argue a case before the Supreme Court. You’ll start out defending that guy with his 5th OWI , or some shoplifting case.
So keep up with school and maybe research what classes you need to take, to better understand the mechanic,s, physics, and science as to how the internal combustion engine works. Only with that understanding are you ever going to know why the spark is fired before the piston gets to the top of it’s stroke.
Keep coming back here thou and I am going to try to remember to send you some links to these pages that I think would enlighten you as to how advanced a mechanic’s abilities has to be.
i’m sure others will do the same.
I think it would benifit Nicholai to read some of the diagnostic’s that some of you guys post here. Lets not flood the poor guy, but lets send him a little now and then. Many are way over my head, but I can see how complex the problems can be.
At the top of these topics you will see your name, so watch for a number next to it. That will indicate that you have notifications. Click on your name and you can follow to the topics that people here want you to read.
Besides, You didn’t really want to be an ambulance chaser…did you!!!