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Women in Tech: Bogi’s Path To Success and Advice to Other Women

Chances are, you know Bogi Lateiner from her role as host of MotorTrend's All Girls Garage, as a successful auto tech shop owner, or through her worldwide career as a technical educator. But what you may not know is the road she took to get there. 

In an industry where women make up less than a quarter of the workforce, Bogi has managed to break through stereotypes and build a high-profile career in auto tech. At the same time, she’s inspiring women to thrive in an industry where they’re still in a firm minority.

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Boats! Boats! Boats! What does a Marine Mechanic Do?

Are you captivated by the idea of working near water or helping others conquer the high seas? Fascinated by motors and the inner workings of engines? Becoming a marine technician might be your dream career. 

As a marine mechanic, you’ll learn to work on aquatic vehicles of all shapes and sizes—everything from yachts and cruise ships to fishing vessels and smaller personal boats and watercrafts. It’s a hands-on career in which you spend your day diagnosing and repairing mechanical, hydraulic and electrical issues with water vehicles, and working on a variety of inboard and outboard motors. Wondering what this career is all about? Here’s a deep dive into the job.

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7 Things to Look for in a Quality Tech School

You've thought long and hard and decided that a transportation tech career is the right path for you. You’re committed to pursuing it, but you want to make sure that the money you’re about to spend will be a good investment in your education.

But how do you know which to choose? This article will guide you through the qualities of a top-notch trade school.

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Automotive Technician vs. Mechanic: What's the Difference?

There are some confusing terms that have been floating around the industry for a while. We hear the question often: What’s the difference between an auto technician and auto mechanic? 

Unfortunately, each title brings a different image to mind, but they’re still used interchangeably. Technicians are all about critical thinking, focus, attention to detail and using deductive reasoning to “put the pieces together” in a strategic approach to their work.

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Guidance from the Get-Go: How to Mentor Your Shop Students to and Through Tech School

As a shop teacher, you care about your students. You want to help them find the career, and life, they deserve. Unfortunately, sometimes it might feel like you don’t have the same resources to be a mentor as teachers in traditional academic fields. 

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4 Ways to Earn College Credit towards Tech School While in High School

It’s funny: The closer you get to high school graduation, the longer classes seem to drag on. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just start technical college already? 

Actually, you can.

Not everyone realizes it, but there are ways to earn college or post-secondary credit for tech school while you’re still in high school. And there are big advantages to getting a head start. The sooner you earn credits, the sooner you graduate; the faster you finish, the faster you’re earning money and advancing in your career.  Plus, training early will warm you up for tech school and help you know what to expect. 

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Collision 101: A Guide to a Career in the Collision Industry

If you drive a car, chances are you’ve had an accident. From fender benders to more serious crashes, most everyone at some point needs a collision repair technician to get their car back in shape and up to par with the manufacturer’s specs.

Collision techs have a very distinct set of skills, which can include painting, welding, structural realignments, and panel bonding, along with a broad knowledge of specialized procedures and tools. They may operate solo or be part of a larger team.

If this sounds like exciting and challenging work, read on for a deeper dive into the collision industry.

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The Basic Mechanic Tool Set You Need for a Career in Auto Tech

For auto technicians, your tools aren’t just what you use to get the job done. They’re a crucial part of your everyday life. In fact, some estimates say technicians in pro shops have anywhere from $25,000-$50,000 worth of tools on hand. 

As a new auto tech entering a career, although this is not the case in every shop, chances are you’ll be bringing your own tools into the shop. That means investing in the right tools is investing in your future career.

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From Blue Collar to New Collar, How Transportation Careers Have Changed

Americans are driving more, and keeping their cars longer, than ever before. Not surprisingly, demand for skilled technicians to service them has risen to match this trend.

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Why Nontraditional Learners Excel in Trade School

In the past, students who are nontraditional learners have faced challenges in typical school environments. But in recent years, many more opportunities have become available to these students. One such opportunity is trade school, which allows them to gain skills needed in diverse fields including transportation, tech, healthcare, hospitality, and culinary arts.

Vocational programs also tend to match the learning styles of students with dyslexia, ADHD, high-functioning Asperger’s, ADD, and auditory processing challenges. These learners have a 23 percent higher completion rate in trade schools than traditional four-year colleges.

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