How does one become an auto mechanic?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by you aint even know it, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. you aint even know it

    you aint even know it Well-Known Troll Troll

    How does UPS hire them, is it the same 6:1 ratio. I'm planning to go to a trade school right after I get my associate next yr. What's the hours, I know that they make more than drivers, and you don't end up looking like Herbert on the family guy when you retire. Are they in our union?
     
  2. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    They are in a different union...
     
  3. 'Lord Brown's bidding'

    'Lord Brown's bidding' Well-Known Member

    Aircraft technicians don't make more than pilots (not mainline ones, anyway).....

    Racing team techs don't make more than the driver....
     
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  4. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    When a bid goes up for mechanic in my building, it usually says 5 yrs req experience. That happens rarely. They are in the same union, get little overtime unless someone is on vacation most of the year. Not sure about pay, but think it is a little more than PC dr. The 6 to 1 thing is normally a moot point since most inside people does not have the experience, so most are hired from the outside.
     
  5. BSWALKS

    BSWALKS Easily Amused

    Different union, bout the same rate of pay as full rate driver, and you just may look like Herbert. Spinning wrenches for a lifetime is just as hard on a body as slinging cardboard.
     
  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Not necessarily----I think ours may also be Teamsters (but I am not sure).
     
  7. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    It may be different depending on the area. In my area, which is the same as the OP's...the mechanics aren't in 804. I can't remember which local they're in though.
     
  8. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    If u knew you could be a ups mechanic ok but likely you'd end up in a dealership making peanuts.

    If trade school it is I would highly recommend heavy machinery operators union.
     
  9. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    The mechanics in my Area make about the same as FT drivers do.... Some work in the day and some work at night....

    Good luck but going to school isn't going to get you the job. Your going to need actual real world mechanic work history. That would include working on both Diesels and Gas vehicles and both manual and automatic transmissions....

    There is no 6 to 1 hire ratio 99% come from the outside of UPS see above about knowledge needed.....
     
  10. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    They show up at our union meetings, and get benefits of the local, so they are in my neck of the woods.
     
  11. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    Our mechanics are part of the same local. Pay is about the same as a FT driver but limited OT. If you are already an employee at UPS when getting one of these jobs you essentially have to quit and be rehired and you lose all of your seniority. Starting all over at the bottom would suck for a guy like me, but for a kid like you wouldn't be that big of a deal. Also, without seniority, the hours suck.

    And BTW, this may be the most intelligent post you have ever had on BC. Congrats.
     
  12. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    They grow up so fast. Brings a tear to my eye.
     
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  13. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Only brings a week to mine....
     
  14. 'Lord Brown's bidding'

    'Lord Brown's bidding' Well-Known Member

    He made your eye age?! Might wanna get that checked out! (I know, I know.."T" is next to "Y" on the keyboard...Silly me was trying to make sense of your "joke"!)
     
  15. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Fixed it. You guys jumped on it too fast.
     
  16. 1BROWNWRENCH

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    I get less per hour than the drivers, maintain a CDL and get virtually no overtime except during peak. We are not in the same union here. Wish we were.
     
  17. you aint even know it

    you aint even know it Well-Known Troll Troll

    Well, since I have a high chance to be a driver in the next 2-3 yrs (not trying to sound arrogant, but they hired 4 drivers last year and are hiring 2 more now), I might just forget about it and end up having to put my degree and trade to no use. Sometimes you gotta gamble in life
     
  18. BrownChoice

    BrownChoice Active Member

    Doesnt hurt to have a lil mechanic experience... Ive saved thousands of dollars on repairs between me and my girlfriends cars.

    Youve gotta put things you know to good use; knowledge is power. If it were me Id try for the mechanic, while trying to hold your pt gig in the meantime.
    Might take awhile though!
     
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  19. you aint even know it

    you aint even know it Well-Known Troll Troll

    Agree. My mechanic in my building has his own shop. He said he fixes everything he has.
     
  20. BrownChoice

    BrownChoice Active Member

    I wonder if UPS would allow a mechanic to work on his own vehicles in ups's shop. Wait, I forgot for a moment who we work for.....

    At my Dads work, their mechanic fixes whomevers vehicle need it when slow, at mechanics discretion.