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Old 01-07-2017, 11:13 PM   #1
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Default Motor Vehicle Repair & Maintenance for cars or bikes

Someone can help me with one question? I have a health problem and i need to change the my job area... I'm a welder but my lungs can't stand the gases anymore. So if I am forced to work for another 30 years until I retire, i decided that I wanted to change my working area and go for what I really like to do.

Does anyone know where I can take a course like this one in the title (Motor Vehicle Repair & Maintenance for cars or bikes)
and if someone say if the schools accept me at my age?

I know that it's a little late to do that, but with my health problem, i don't want just try... I have to change.

Thank you guys
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Old 02-07-2017, 01:28 PM   #2
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Can't see why not, I've known people of all ages take college courses.

What's your local college?
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Old 02-07-2017, 04:03 PM   #3
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The limiting factor when older is can you afford to not work whilst you take the course, this of course depends on your personal circumstances, I know I wanted to do a course when I was mid 40's but ther was no way I could get the financial backing with 2 kids & a mortgage
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Old 02-07-2017, 07:57 PM   #4
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i graduate on Wednesday with a mechanical engineering degree at 37, i financed it mostly by welding scrap cars back to road worthiness.

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Old 02-07-2017, 11:03 PM   #5
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due to the complete lack of regulation the motor trade is actually really easy to get into, you can start in a garage with absolutely no qualifications atall. (I did) I later put myself thro college to get my apprenticeship because i wanted it should I later want to become an MOT tester. was fairly easy and most colleges have provisions for this. a "fast track" cource if you will.

the trouble will be finding a start, best thing to do is just go around garages, ask for the foreman/owner and explain yourself. dont phone, dont hand in CV's get the right man on the right day and you will have a job.

another option is to fund yourslef thro night classes for your city&guilds, then do the MOT testers course all while currently employed. As a tester class 4/7 you will find work right away.

All that said and done, 90% of garages especially in the winter, have very poor air quality as the shutters are usually closed. and if they have a bodyshop, god help you. it may not be for you.
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Old 04-07-2017, 02:31 AM   #6
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how old are you? i think if your a welder and been at a bench joining metal together
cars or bikes may be a bit of a shock,,
or maybe not,, i wish you the best but i know i couldent put up with the chalanges
that a semi live motor will put you through, compaird to bench/batch work,
a machanics mentalaty is mental,lol, respect to them but they are mad hungry to take things apart and bolt new bits on,, its a mind set thats not the same as any of us > others lol,, good luck with your serch but cant help think you need to find a welding job with up,to,date exstaction,,if thats your problem,, fryingpan into fire!!
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