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Begin A Career As A Heavy Equipment Repair Technician In High School And Avoid College Debt

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Begin A Career As A Heavy Equipment Repair Technician In High School And Avoid College Debt

As the cost of a four-year college education continues to rise, many high school graduates are turning to career paths that don’t require bachelor’s degrees. One such path is working as a heavy equipment technician. If you’re in high school, here’s how you can become a heavy equipment technician, along with the what the job market currently looks like for techs. Start Working at a Heavy Equipment Repair Facility During High School According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there aren’t any formal requirements for entry-level heavy equipment technicians, but fully qualified techs have 3 to 4 years of experience in the field. Because there aren’t any formal requirements for entering the field but experience is important, you should start looking for a job as a heavy equipment technician as soon as you’re able to. You can even jump-start your career in the field by looking for a position during high school. While your friends are bagging groceries and filing papers, you could be starting to learn about bulldozers, graders, excavators and dump trucks. This knowledge will prove more valuable as you advance in your career than knowing how to properly stack milk and eggs in a grocery bag will be. Depending on your location and availability, you may have a hard time initially getting a position as a heavy equipment technician during high school. There might not be any heavy equipment repair facilities nearby, or the facilities close to you might be looking for full-time technicians only. Even if you can’t get a position as a heavy equipment technician, there are jobs you can look for during high school that will provide relevant experience you can use to land tech jobs after graduating. If a heavy equipment technician job isn’t available, you might try the following: look for an office job at a heavy equipment repair facility offer to help repair large equipment on farms in your area spend your summers working with marine mechanics repairing diesel-powered boats volunteer to help pit crews if there’s an auto race track nearby Any experience you can get working at a heavy equipment repair facility, or fixing large or diesel-powered machines, will help you prepare for working in the heavy equipment repair industry. Save Up for an Associate Degree If you land a paid position working on heavy equipment or similar engines during high school, set aside some of the money you make for post-high school classes. The BLS notes that pursuing education or training can shorten the amount of experienced required to become a fully qualified heavy equipment service technician. Getting an associate degree after high school in heavy equipment service or a related field could help you become a qualified tech more quickly. Although post-secondary classes aren’t free, going for an associate degree will be much less expensive than attending college for four years — especially if there is a program in your area and you can live at home. If you continue to work in the field while getting your degree and have some money saved up from working during high school, you may not need to take out student loans to pay for the degree. Enjoy a Viable Career Path Just a few years out of high school you should be able to be a...

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Tips For Maintaining Your Car’s New Paint Job For The First Six Weeks, And Beyond

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Maintaining Your Car’s New Paint Job For The First Six Weeks, And Beyond

From the constant onslaught of bird droppings to more serious causes of damage, including hail; there always seems to be something wreaking havoc on your car’s paint job. Your vehicle’s paint and clear coat are beginning to show their age, which is why you’ve decided to have your car repainted. Having your car professionally painted isn’t cheap, and it’s important to take extra precautions to prevent damage – especially during the first six weeks. Here are a few tips to help care for your car’s new paint job during the fix crucial six weeks, and beyond: The First Six Weeks After The New Paint Job Even though your car’s new paint appears and feels dry, it can still take up to eight weeks for the clear coat to cure. During this time, it’s vital to take extra care to ensure no damage, streaks or cracks occur. Here are a few tips to help care for your new paint job during the first six weeks: Steer clear of dirty or gravel roads, and use caution when driving over rough roads and potholes. Any rocks or other debris that hit your paint job can cause serious damage. Avoid washing your car at all for at least the first two weeks after the paint job. Don’t go through car washes during the first six weeks after the paint job is completed. If the car is dirty, clean the exterior with a soft, lint-free cloth and a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap. Rinse the soap away with a damp rag, instead of the garden hose. Try to park your car in a protected area, such as your garage, in a carport or in a parking garage. Exposing your new paint job to rain and sun can prove very damaging. Avoid waxing your car for at least two to three months. Go ahead and use your favorite brand of car wax, just make sure to follow the package directions. If you notice any damage to your new paint or clear coat, don’t hesitate to contact the auto body shop immediately. Chances are they will gladly provide a touch-up at little to no extra cost. A Lifetime of Care According to Tom Moor, a contributor to Angie’s List, the average cost to repaint a car is around $2000. Caring for your car’s beautiful new paint job during the first few months is vital, but it shouldn’t stop there. Here are a few additional tips to help you protect your car’s paint job for many years to come: Wash your car at least once a month. If you’re washing it at home, use a mild soap and lint-free cloths or a chamois and always take the time to dry your car. This helps prevent any damage caused by soap residue, in addition to preventing unsightly water spots. Skip the soap, whenever possible. If you’re spot cleaning bird poop, sap or other minor stains, try to use water and a little elbow grease. It’s also vital to eliminate these stains immediately. If left behind, they can corrode the paint and clear coat. Have any noticeable scratches or damage to the paint and clear coat repaired immediately. Larger scratches and areas of damage to the clear coat and paint will leave the materials below more...

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Does Your RV Need Collision Repairs? Four Living Section Systems That Should Also Be Checked Out

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Does Your RV Need Collision Repairs? Four Living Section Systems That Should Also Be Checked Out

When your RV is involved in traffic accident, repairing it is a bit more complicated than patching up the average car. Your home on wheels has hidden wires, tanks and water lines that may need adjusted or fixed. The following four systems should be checked anytime you get RV collision repairs. Water System and Holding Tanks Self contained RVs have three holding tanks to worry about. They are typically made of durable plastic. The fresh water tank supplies the faucets, shower and/or tub and toilet. The connecting pipe system is usually plastic, simply because it’s light. Both the tank and the pipe system should be checked for leaks. The grey water tank holds the waste water from the sinks and shower/tub. It also uses a plastic piping system to drain from the fixtures into the holding tank. Depending on the rig, the holding tank is usually under the shower section. Not only do the pipes and tanks need checked for leaks, the discharge system used to dump the waste needs looked at. The connection is usually under the bathroom area. The black water tank holds the waste from the toilet. It sits directly under the toilet, so there is no additional piping to check, but the tank and the dumping connection should be inspected. Collision repair firms that handle RVs usually have a dump station on site or nearby, since this can be a messy proposition.   Propane System Check-Up On some RVs, like trailers, propane tanks are out in the open and if they are damaged, it may be obvious. Motor homes tend to house their propane tanks behind a protective door, usually low on the chassis and on the opposite side of the gas or diesel filling port. Even if the door doesn’t appear damaged, it’s a good idea to have the propane tank checked for leaks and to make sure it is still firmly mounted. The lines leading to various appliances, such as the refrigerator, heater and stove, should also be checked for damage and leaks. If the RV is equipped with a propane alarm, that wiring needs checked. Most propane alarms are inside the chassis, near the floor line and close to an entryway. House Batteries and Charging System The living section of your RV has its own electrical source, called the house batteries. These are also behind an outside door just above the chassis. These batteries charge anytime the RV is plugged into an electrical outlet, like at a campground. In most RVs, the house batteries are also connected to your motor battery so they charge whenever the engine is running. An inverter inside the RV, which looks like the fuse box in your home, governs the distribution of electricity. If an RV is in a collision, the house batteries, connection to the engine battery, the inverter and the electrical wiring to the individual appliances and outlets should be checked. If the RV has a generator, that too should be looked at. Checking the Slide Outs Slide outs are available on most modern RVs. When the RV is parked, at the push of a button the slide out emerges from the side or back of the RV, increasing the inside living space. On the larger trailers, such as the 5th wheels and the bus-like...

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