I actually don’t have a problem with the idea of a mechanic buying tools. Nobody needs to feel sorry for me.
Before I even got into the business, the high school shop teachers were telling me it can be a brutal life. They told me all about flat rate and having to buy tools. They also let me look at several snap on catalogs and price sheets, just so I could get an idea of the potential expenses. I was not discouraged
It’s not as if you’re going to start off with $10000 tool box full of snap on tools. Most everybody I knew started off small, and with craftsman tools or something along those lines.
They stressed that flagging hours wasn’t necessarily easy, and that some of the ase exams were no joke. I don’t remember exactly which exam he was talking about. L1, I imagine
I’ll say one thing . . . those guys were pretty good instructors, had lots of experience and common sense. But they never worked as mechanics. They pointed out that just because they could teach it, doesn’t necessarily mean they could do it for a living and support a family
I’m not criticizing teachers when I say this
My dad was a teacher. My mom’s a retired teacher. In fact, there are several teachers in my extended family. I’m pretty much the only guy in the entire family that’s blue collar
Over the years, I’ve found the best teachers to be the ones that were working professionally as a mechanic, then went to evening school, got their degree(s), teaching credentials, etc., and then taught it. I . . . and everybody else in the class . . . had the utmost respect for those guys. They could talk the talk, and they had literally walked the walk. Of course, these are usually the guys that are at community colleges, not high schools