This blog is part two of a two-part series.
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.
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.
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.