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Recommending a Good Mechanic

I would guess that not many people can say their mechanic has a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. Now, I can.

Jenny’s Toyota was on the fritz and after getting some recommendations from friends we took it into see Jim at Quantum Mechanics. From the moment I pulled into the parking lot, to the day I picked up the car, I was nothing but impressed. I know our car problem wasn’t too difficult to diagnose or fix, but I got the sense that this guy really really knows what he’s doing.

My younger brother is currently getting an associates degree in automotive technology, and I know he’ll make a great mechanic someday. Because of this, and my experience with Quantum Mechanics, I’m actively changing my own world view of auto-mechanics.

There seems to be a perception among most consumers that mechanics are a lower skilled laborer, and they are rarely, if ever, compared with other technology related careers. This is a shame. The technology in our vehicles has changed a lot over the past 25 years and it will continue to do so in the future. You need a good understanding of physics, electronics and computers in order to diagnose and repair the problems of a twenty-first century automobile. The people who have these skills and practice them well are slowly changing the public perception. Even if it’s just one person at a time, like me.

Originally published on Monday September 22, 2003 at 10:59 pm

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