One of the videos I watched this weekend Paul had a vehicle in his class that had been to PepBoys who replaced a fuel injector, which did not fix the vehicle, and then said it needed a PCM. Paul hesitated to mention PepBoys but then said "It not the companies fault, it is the tech who made the bad call. There are just no good techs out there to hire." (or something to that effect.)
I know it is a bit off topic, but I wonder why that is. My experience is that it is tough to find a shop that you can trust (I do the vast majority of my own work). Just because someone has an ASE badge does not been they could fix a ham sandwich. Even taking your car to the dealer is no guarantee that you will get good service.
The thing that drew me to Paul's videos and to buy his book was the quality of the troubleshooting instruction. I went to a VoTech school in high-school and took industrial electronics. Even then (almost 30 years ago) people though only the dummies went to VoTech. The school I went to taught auto-body, auto tech, welding, drafting, and a lot of other things. Where I live now it seems like the local VoTech is scaling back what they teach but they still do autobody and autotech. I don't know what the quality level of the courses is but I know that quality instruction is out there.
I work at a university now running a machine shop in the EE department. It is rare to find an engineering student who has any hands on experience with anything. They learn a lot of theory but don't know how to put it into practice. I wonder if the same situation exists with VoTech training these days, most students have never had any real hands on experience and/or have never learned how to apply the theory they learn to the real world.
So I'm rambling a bit but the question is, why are there no good techs out there? I suspect it is the same reason that automotive engineers put connectors in inaccessible locations; they don't know how to bridge the gab between the theory and real world.
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