I am new to this forum and looking for some career advice in heavy equipment mechanics. A little background of myself:
I am in my late 20's, airline pilot by profession, and always had a desire and interest in the mechanics field. I might wear a tie to work, but was raised on my grandparents farm...always by my grandfathers side helping fix machinery. Getting my hands dirty is not a foreign thing to me...I hate wearing a tie to work :P
My current job is one I enjoy. But as I progress with my career and knowing at some point I want to start a family, a back up plan is always good to have, and this is the best time to further my education if I can do so. The flying business is very volatile. Job security is nothing to be held dear, and my license depends on a yearly check up to the docters.
I am writing today for input. I have been to college and know that they are in the business of making money too, trying to sell their product. So if anyone wants to take the time to discuss a day in the life of a heavy equipment mechanic, how you got to where you are, realistic salaries, etc it would be a big help to someone who is trying to decide whether or not to go back to school to further my education and have a back up plan if flying ever $hit the bed for me.
I am not sure if this is a Canadian or American site. I am in Canada, so input on this side of the border would be great.
Thanking everyone in advance for your input.