John Martinolich started out fixing cars as a teenage hobby, but it wasn’t long before he made this high-demand trade his profession. Now an instructor at VCC, John was kind enough to answer a few questions about his career:
Why did you choose to study at VCC?
I did a work experience at VCC when I was in high school and enjoyed it. I took the course so I could repair cars as a hobby, but I ended up enjoying it so much, I left my other job and stayed with it. That was 17 years ago.
What do you love about working in the auto collision repair and auto refinishing industry?
I really enjoy working with emerging technologies. Although it’s a really physical job, it requires mechanical aptitude, attention to detail and problem solving skills. I also really enjoy payday—I’ve averaged $98,000/year over the last five years!
Would you recommend the program to others looking for a new career?
Absolutely. I was hired before my course was even completed. Today, the industry is in need of skilled technicians. It’s a well-paying, high-demand trade.
Why did you decide to teach?
I liked helping people at work and training apprentices.
Do you have a passion for technology and the drive to succeed in a rewarding career? Learn more about the industry-respected Automotive Collision & Refinishing Diploma program at VCC. Contact our office to get more information about how to apply to the program and jumpstart your career.