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Old 04-09-2022, 06:21 PM
Romantic Comedy Car Crash Romantic Comedy Car Crash is offline
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Default My special, unique introduction

Hey there,

My name is Rocco, I live in Michigan. I have less than a year of sheet metal experience.

Initially I wanted to work in the collision shops for the high earning potential. Two years ago I went to a trade school for auto body and started work at a Service King as a helper. However, I didn't like how the work was carried out. The cars were commodities to be repaired to a minimal degree and sent out as fast as could be. Considering how much of the work was simple R&I, I'm not sure if it's going to continue to be a high-paying trade.

I've shifted towards sheet metal shaping as a career instead. I've chosen it because it's difficult but logical work with a high skill ceiling. If I can get to a high level, I have equal or greater earning potential and better job security than I would at a bodyshop. As a bonus I'll enjoy it more.

After Service King, I was very fortunate to get a job at a small restoration shop, considering how much experience I had. I've worked there for the past year, but they really don't do a whole lot of shaping. They really only make small patches themselves and buy aftermarket stampings for anything large. While it was a great place to work and I would have loved to stay, I wasn't learning a whole lot so a few weeks ago I decided to move on.

I want to get in with a custom fabrication shop, and to this end I'm currently making a small tool chest. I've designed it with a variety of difficult shapes, so I hope it serves as a good resume for when I go out job hunting again.

I'm excited to use this forum, all the sheet metal roads on the internet seem to eventually lead here
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Old 04-10-2022, 01:28 PM
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Kerry Pinkerton Kerry Pinkerton is offline
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Welcome Rocco. Keep at it. You'll get there.
Kerry Pinkerton
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Old 04-19-2022, 08:20 AM
Mike Motage Mike Motage is offline
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Welcome to the forum, Rocco!
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Old 04-20-2022, 02:25 AM
metal manny metal manny is offline
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Welcome Rocco. Look forward to witnessing your growth as a metal shaper!

Remember that the best of men, are only men at best.
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Old 04-20-2022, 09:52 PM
gtrboy77 gtrboy77 is offline
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Hi Rocco, please post pics of your toolbox project as you progress.
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Old 04-21-2022, 08:46 AM
John Buchtenkirch John Buchtenkirch is online now
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Originally Posted by gtrboy77 View Post
Hi Rocco, please post pics of your toolbox project as you progress.
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