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luckydawg003 
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I have alot of personal experience working on car audio for my cars and friends cars. This is the job I want to do for the rest of my life. I was in college for a Electronic Engineering Technology's degree. Not sure if its related or not. But I love cars and electronics, so what should I do? Change my college degree, or get MECP Certified, or go to some installer school? Thanks Jason
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experenice and an mecp license. goto mecp.com
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Nothing. Go to school and make some real moeny.
johnmax 
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dwarren wrote:
Nothing. Go to school and make some real moeny.

+1

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ranger svo 
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dwarren wrote:
Nothing. Go to school and make some real moeny.

Great advice from an intelligent man.

Most installers get out of the business after a few short years for a reason.

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From what I've seen, the average installer is about 30k. I think only likw 2% makes over 40. Of course you probably make a killing if you have others working for you. As well as having other skills such as tinting and stuff. But if you just want to install car stereos prepared to have fun for the first 2-3 years. Then when all your friends get out of school and start making real money prepare to be frustrated and disapointed.
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If you are serious about being a "car stereo/alarm/RS installer" then you should drop out of school, as it won't help you enough to justify the money spent.  Take some pictures of the work you've done and put together a portfolio.  Go around to all the shops in your area and submit an application with your portfolio.  If you have a decent resume you will get a job and then start sucking in as much information as possible.  Identify who the 'lead' installer is and stick to him like glue.  90% of installing is experiance, something you will only get from hands on time in cars and from working with people better then you.

Now, if you really like cars and electronics, I would advise you to get your degree and get on the other side of installs - new product development.  You still get to do some installs from time to time, but it will be installing things YOU designed.  Much more rewarding.

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luckydawg003 
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Anyone have a MECP study guide book to sell me. Or is their a site that will help me with that test. Thanks
CapSS92 
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Do the car stuff as a hobby or unless you really really love and make some serious money elsewhere.
luckydawg003 
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Well I'm still really interested in being an installer. I just love taking cars apart and putting aftermarket stuff in them. Cd players, amps, subs etc. I am learning alarm/remote starts right now by installing my own in my car. It is kinda a pain, but I still love it. Maybe once I get done with my alarm install...the installers will let me help them sometimes in the shop.
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