heres the dealio: i currently go to the university of new mexico and i am sick of it. every time i pick a major i end up changing my mind before the semester is up. i have gone from mis to engineering, to architecture, to art, to whatever. my latest stance was between art and auto mechanics. i have decided auto, because i dont want to take electives that dont pertain to my major. i.e. humanities credits...music appreciation, history... so i have talked to my parents and i am considering transfering to uti in phoenix. i will prolly take the general auto mechanics course and the bmw course. heres the questions: 1. do dealers/shops actually take uti's certification seriously? 2. if i get a job at a dealer are there chances for advancement without a degree? 3. salary? will my salary increase at at least the rate of inflation? 4. what kind of benefits do you get from working as a mechanic? those are the most important ones i can think of. i actually know 2 people who work at bmw in my city. one is a shop manager and the other is a mechanic. so i am going to try to meet up with them and discuss some of my concerns. i know the one thats working as a mechanic went to wyotech. anyway, im just trying to gauge the prospect of a career in mechanics. my ultimate goal is to open my own shop. but i need to be able to make enough money to pay bills and save at the same time. thanks for reading.