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#1 tater195 ONLINE  

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Posted March 13, 2015 - 09:45 AM

My son starts his new part time job at the local mower shop tomorrow. He will be doing grunt work for a while, pick up / delivery, new mower assembly, etc. 

He is a senior and has afternoons open now that basketball is over. He has taken small engine and auto  mechanics at school. He has been helping me in the shop working on stuff for about 6 years and has done several projects of his own. I got him started on the foley belsaw small engine course about 4 years ago trying to get him going so he could do some summertime mower repair to earn extra money. Like most kids he would rather go have fun, so that part didnt go too far. 

This should turn into a pretty good summertime job while he is in college and maybe he can find some part time stuff for when he is at school.


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Posted March 13, 2015 - 09:48 AM

Good luck with his new job!


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Posted March 13, 2015 - 09:58 AM

Wish him luck with his new job!

Good to still see some younger guys getting into the L&G business even if it is part time.


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Posted March 13, 2015 - 11:10 AM

Wish him good luck from NC
 


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Posted March 13, 2015 - 11:26 AM

Wish him good luck from me.  It sounds like a good job for him.


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Posted March 13, 2015 - 11:30 AM

It will be knowledge that he carries the rest of his life. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 13, 2015 - 02:48 PM

Good to see  a young person learning to use their hands and tools.I wish him luck.

 

PS around here most of  the schools don't offer shop classes any more :(


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Posted March 13, 2015 - 03:23 PM

Good move that you've taught him and he continues to learn mechanical

skills.

That's an issue that we should all try to emphasize the importance

of to any of the younger generation in our lives. The world can not

revolve on texting alone. Who is going to fix the stuff in 15-20 years from

now. If we don't teach them now, there'll be a rude awakening soon. At the rate 

that we/they just buy new stuff, rather than fixing the old, it may be too late

already.

I had to explain 2 stroke oil in a snowmobile, to a 23 year old guy the other day.

Scary. But, ask him to goggle something, and you'll have an answer before

you're done with the sentence.


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Posted March 13, 2015 - 03:31 PM

He has always been a hands on kinda kid. He doesnt spend a whole lotta time in the house. He likes hunting, fishing, building and working on stuff. He made enough money at 14 to pay for the truck he drives hauling scrap. He did most of the body work and paint himself. I just wish he would have listened to me a little more on the mower repair stuff, he could be working from home making $30+ an hour tax free and setting his own hours by now.


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Posted March 13, 2015 - 03:39 PM

Working a job, for "the man" for a while, can be a good thing, and

motivate him to go on his own.


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Posted March 13, 2015 - 03:45 PM

Working a job, for "the man" for a while, can be a good thing, and

motivate him to go on his own.

Yeah that might get him motivated. Nothing like getting your first check only to find out some SOB took out 30% for taxes. After a few weeks of spending most of his free time making $100, making $200 on a sunday at home might flip the switch


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Posted March 13, 2015 - 05:19 PM

:thumbs:   GOOD LUCK.


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Posted March 13, 2015 - 09:43 PM

Good luck to your boy, As a full time small engine tech, its great to see the younger generation interested in the field.  Even as a head technician, its still not a lone living wage for me.  Takes my and my wife's income to survive and thats barely.  With my Aspergers Syndrome, its hard to do much anything else job wise for me do to lots of sensory issues.  I do hope to someday set up my own shop at home, just not the home we are in now.  The decent money is in owning your own shop, not doing the work for someone else.  Even with the worries over bills, I love my job and enjoy every day.   Mike


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Posted March 13, 2015 - 10:42 PM

Talked some more about the working from home thing. I think he is starting to see the light. Now he is worried about servicing the customers while at school. $30 for gas every weekend to make $300. The math is starting to kick in.

He is about 30% aspy due to me.

The customer service thing might be rough. $80/hr shop rate, $12/hr for a good tech, never made any sense to be a wrench for hire


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Posted March 13, 2015 - 10:50 PM

Forgot my manners, Double thanks to all that wished good luck!






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