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gearhead looking 4 benz education info

ok so i need some information or a phone #, i live near columbus ohio and have been an avid wrench since i was 12. haven't had any formal mechanics education, but am positive i could pass the ase cert.I LOVE MB DIESELS and would be overjoyed to work on them professionally.So how and where do i go about becoming mercedes certified, at dealership level.Anything would be great thanx.
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There are a few MB techs on here better qualified than me to answer your question, but I'm 95% sure you would have to work for an MB dealership in order to attend the MB factory training sessions.

MBUSA (Mercedes-Benz USA) can be reached using 1-800-FOR-MERC and there are at least 2 dealerships in Columbus and 1 in Dayton.

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if you have automotive experience, walking into a benz dealer and applying is the first step. depending on what they are looking for, they may ask you to take a intro test or say they need someone with more benz experience or more auto experience. my dealer gives an intro test before someone is hired. me, i went to mercedes elite before i got into the dealer. i also attended 2 years of automotive training a year before that. been working on MB's ever since. you wont be able to go to elite unless you work for a dealer or are attending a tech school.

But i will be honest with you, find a different career. or do this while you go to school for something else. i say this because being a tech is not like it used to be. you can make good money but you have to put in long hours, and I mean long hours. if i were to start over, i would do something else. i work an average of 10-13 hrs a day during the week and 9 hrs on saturday. for an average pay period i make anywhere between 110-150 hrs. if i make 130-150 hrs it was a good 2 weeks.

anyway i keep doing it because i love working on cars and its the only job that i dont have to deal with managers all the time, i can listen to music while working, talk to coworkers, shoot the shit whenever i want.

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Thanks and i understand your concern but i live cars, its all i do anyway.I was actually thinking specializing in diesels.But i do have some issues i need to resolve first like my hatred of computers.But i figured a accredited auto tech school was my first move.Any one know of any in the central ohio area?
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at benz you use computers all the time. whether it be to look up instructions for replacing something or using it to help diagnosis a problem. but anyway check out UTI (universal technical institute), alot of people said they hated it, but for me it wasnt bad. if i wouldnt have taken it, i wouldnt have been where i am today. they even offer a diesel cource which includes diesel engines, transmissions, drive axles, electronics, fuel systems, etc...
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I made the wrong move by going to UTI and ELITE. I was diehard car guy like you. I wanted to do this everyday. Now I regret it. I spend 2 years at UTI taking thier regular course and Ford FACT. After, I got accepted to ELITE. Finish that. Started working in the field-Hated it. Now im Stuck, buying tools, being stinky, greasey, dirty, etc and getting paid jack.
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