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Auto Mechanics Career

by charleeheart Posted 27th Sep 2008 at 9:43 AM - Updated 30th Jan 2009 at 2:54 PM by charleeheart
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Auto Mechanics career for your mechanically-minded Sims who just always have to be tinkering with something! Chance cards and career reward included.

*Take a look at my matching Auto Mechanics Major*

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Auto Mechanics Career
cloned from Science
GUID: 0x0042CB1E
linked University majors: Physics, Auto Mechanics
focused skills: mechanical, body, logic

Job Levels:
1. Shop Clean-Up
Hours: 09:00 - 14:00, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | Wages: $200/day
-- Putting away wrenches isn't exactly your dream job, but at least it will help you familiarize yourself with the layout of the garage and where things are kept. Maybe someday soon you'll be using those wrenches, instead of just putting them away.

Chance Card: While cleaning up the shop after the last customer of the day, you find a loose diamond ring on the floor among the clutter. You didn't notice it before, so you're fairly certain it must have been dropped by the last customer, who is still in the parking lot. Do you run to give the ring to that customer, or do you turn it in to the garage manager in the hopes that someone will claim it?

2. Tow-Truck Driver
Hours: 09:00 - 14:00, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | Wages: $300/day
-- Finally, you're out of the shop and into the fresh air.... and the rain, and snow, and blistering sun. But hey! You're wearing a real uniform with your name sewn onto it. And nothing beats the grateful looks on the faces of those poor stranded motorists, huddled in a downpour at the side of the road, when your big truck pulls into sight.

Chance Card: You've pulled up to another disabled car at the side of a long, deserted highway. You spot the trouble right away: a flat tire and a young mother with two toddlers. It's a very simple fix, and you're sure you could do it yourself and avoid the hour-long drive back to the garage with two screaming toddlers in your cab, but repair really isn't in your job description. Do you fix the flat and send the woman on her way, or do you follow regulations, load up the car, and drive the mother and her brood back to your garage?

3. Tire Changer
Hours: 09:00 - 14:00, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | Wages: $400/day
-- You're still driving a tow truck, but now you're authorized to solve simple problems like flat tires, empty gas tanks, and keys locked in cars. You're still pretty low on the totum pole at the garage, but the stranded motorists you help think you're the greatest thing since the Genie Lamp.

Chance Card: Changing a tire on a steep sidestreet in the heart of old SimFrancisco, the old tire rolls away from you, bouncing and careening down the hill. Do you run down the hill after the tire, waving your arms and yelling to warn the other drivers, or do you shrug your shoulders, put the spare on, and offer to replace the tire and rim at your shop?

4. Oil & Lube
Hours: 09:00 - 14:00, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | Wages: $500/day
-- In & out in 15 minutes or less. Perhaps a bad thing for your love life, but definitely a good thing for a tune-up artist like yourself. Also, you get to work with hot oil. Sounds more exotic than it really is, doesn't it?

Chance Card: The next car that comes in is a shiny new Hunka. The garage crew whistles as you ease it into the shop and up onto the ramps. But, being distracted by the excitement of having such a fine automobile in the shop, you forget to chock the wheels, and the car rolls off the ramps and slams into the door of the garage, damaging the car and the door. Do you admit to the garage manager that you were responsible, or do you blame it on a co-worker who just left for lunch?

5. Motorcycle Mechanic
Hours: 09:00 - 14:00, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | Wages: $600/day
-- Finally! There's "Mechanic" in your job title. It's the title you've been waiting for. Sure, motorcycle engines are smaller, but at least you're a legitimate mechanic instead of just a garage flunkie.

Chance Card: Test-driving the classic Harley you just repaired, you can't help but take a little joyride that isn't stictly required as part of the test drive. Along a glorious stretch of deserted highway, you come upon a couple of teenagers broken down at the side of the road. From their panicked expressions, you get the idea they're skipping class to make out on this lover's lane. But you're somewhere you're not supposed to be as well. Do you stop and help them, or drive by and return the motorcycle to avoid getting caught?

6. Auto Mechanic
Hours: 09:00 - 14:00, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | Wages: $700/day
-- The engines are bigger, and smokier, but you've made it all the way to genuine Auto Mechanic. It can only get better from here.

Chance Card: When giving an estimate for a repair, you forget to include the price of a small but vital part needed to complete the repair. When you discover your mistake, do you stop work, ring up the customer, and advise him of the mistake and corrected balance, or do you pay for the part out of your own pocket, knowing it was your own mistake for leaving the charge out of the estimate?

7. Garage Manager
Hours: 09:00 - 14:00, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | Wages: $800/day
-- You're not working with engines anymore, you're working with people. Office politics was never your forte, but you've earned enough rank to be able to assign the really nasty jobs to someone else.

Chance Card: One of the garage crew just isn't up to par. He takes longer than anyone else to complete tasks, and does sloppy work. Do you fire him and hire someone else who can do the job better, or take your own time to work with this employee to improve his job performance?

8. Diesel Mechanic
Hours: 09:00 - 14:00, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | Wages: $900/day
-- Don'tcha just love the smell of fresh diesel exhaust in the morning? These guys talk tough, they live tough, and they always insist on buying your drinks at the bar after you've hauled their loads out of the ditch.

Chance Card: One afternoon, after you've changed tires on another big rig, the trucker insists on buying your lunch at the local trucker bar. While you're in the bar, chatting it up with your trucker buddies, a motorcycle gang struts in, talking trash. The tension boils over into a full-on bar brawl. Do you jump into the fray to help out your buddies, or tuck tail and run?

9. Airplane Mechanic
Hours: 09:00 - 14:00, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | Wages: $1,000/day
-- You set your goals in the clouds, now you work on engines that go there. Nothing beats the rush of hearing the big engines roar to life, and watching the planes take off because of something you knew how to do.

Chance Card: While doing a routine check for a medical flight, transporting a critically ill child, you discover an electrical glitch with some minor cabin lights. Do you delay the flight and fix the electrical problem, or clear the flight and make a note to repair the problem after the child has been transported to the hospital?

10. Master of the Torque Wrench
Hours: 09:00 - 14:00, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | Wages: $1,100/day
-- If it has an engine, you can fix it. The name sewn onto your custom-fit coveralls says simply "Gearhead". You have your own monogrammed tool set, and your face is on jars of waterless hand cleaner everywhere.

Chance Card: A brand new tool manufacturer wants you to endorse their product in a low-budget commercial, and gives you stock in the company just for considering their offer. Do you help out this up-and-coming company by attaching your solid reputation to their product, or do you decline, fearing damage to your image if the company turns out to be a bust?

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This career was developed with the invaluable help of my daughter, as both she and her husband are 'gear-heads'. She insisted that the hours and days of the week for this career be during school hours, so there would be no need for your working parent Sims to hire a nanny.

The career reward is the Maxis HotRod Hauler Chop Socky Special, publicly available on the Exchange. As such, this career requires either Nightlife, or a later EP along with the Driveway and Garage Set.

This career has been fully tested in-game. It has its own GUID, and will not overwrite any other career.

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USAGE POLICY:

- You may alter this career to your heart's content for personal use in your own game.

- You may include this file, unaltered, in uploads to ModTheSims2. Please provide appropriate credit when doing so, and a link to the original post so Simmers can see what they're getting. Also, let me know so I can see what you've done with it!

- Please do not redistribute on any pay sites, or the Exchange.

- Please do not claim my work as your own.

*Thanks!

Additional Credits:
SimPE, Paint.NET

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Test Subject
#2 Old 27th Sep 2008 at 9:57 AM
Hey auto mechanics has always been my dream job but since I followed a completely different career path, at least now my sims can follow this path. And they definitely will Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 27th Sep 2008 at 12:06 PM
Nice! This will be a gem for all my tinkering sims, thanks.

"I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward."
-Thomas Edison
Test Subject
#4 Old 27th Sep 2008 at 1:53 PM
Thank you so much, I've been wanting a career like this for a while!
Top Secret Researcher
#5 Old 27th Sep 2008 at 6:17 PM
cool idea, thanks!

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Scholar
#6 Old 28th Sep 2008 at 4:21 AM
This is well-written and provides a much-needed balance to all those desk jobs.

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Instructor
#7 Old 28th Sep 2008 at 4:25 AM
I had to laugh at some of the chance cards. They sound so much like personal experiences! Wonder what your family really would do it some of the circumstances. Thanks a lot for all your hard work. I will love it.
Test Subject
#8 Old 28th Sep 2008 at 11:03 AM
this is great, does it go in downloads folder or somewhere else please.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#9 Old 28th Sep 2008 at 3:00 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrysolite
this is great, does it go in downloads folder or somewhere else please.


It should work fine just in your Downloads folder.

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Lab Assistant
#10 Old 28th Sep 2008 at 9:38 PM
I love this job so much, its awesome! Only one small bug I found so far, I pick the wrong thing for the Garage Manager chance card and instead of Taking off $500, it took all the money my sim had xD Just so ya know.
Banned
#11 Old 28th Sep 2008 at 11:24 PM
Thats pretty cool!
Test Subject
#12 Old 29th Sep 2008 at 11:08 PM
Thank you, this is a really great career! Very well-written; a lot of the descriptions remind me of something Maxis would have. I'll be using this for sure.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#13 Old 23rd Oct 2008 at 8:55 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alizatina
I love this job so much, its awesome! Only one small bug I found so far, I pick the wrong thing for the Garage Manager chance card and instead of Taking off $500, it took all the money my sim had xD Just so ya know.


Hmmm.... I've checked and re-checked, and verified that the chance card is programmed to only take $500. If your Sim had less than $500 in his or her family funds, the game may take all the money, but otherwise I'm not sure what happened. I can't seem to duplicate it in my game.

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Test Subject
#14 Old 23rd Oct 2008 at 9:50 PM
career shows up but i get the usual dutch text from the science career track,anything i did wrong? got all EP's up too and incl. AL
how do i fix this?
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#15 Old 30th Oct 2008 at 3:16 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeffero
career shows up but i get the usual dutch text from the science career track,anything i did wrong? got all EP's up too and incl. AL
how do i fix this?


Not sure what could be happening; I made sure to set the language to default when I created this career so that it would show up in the default language of whatever game version the user was playing. You might want to try removing all CC except this career, just to see if there might be some sort of a conflict with something else you might have.

Otherwise, if you'd like to send me your e-mail address in a private message, I'll try to set the default language again and send you an updated file.

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Test Subject
#16 Old 4th Nov 2008 at 9:54 PM
Do I need to download this car from exchange to have this as a career reward?
Test Subject
#17 Old 18th Nov 2008 at 1:47 PM
I am new to this site and Sims for that matter...my husband is a High School Automotive shop teacher and I was helping him find some online resources and this web page came up in my search. I am very eager to view this game, but have no clue how to. Can ayone please help and if anyone has any other references to automotive learning tools that would be awesome! thanks so much! I do not own anything Sims realted. Will I be required to purchase something in order to view this one? Thanks again!
Lab Assistant
#18 Old 6th Dec 2008 at 11:00 AM
i dont mean to sound displeased, this career track is great and thanks for making it, but perhaps if you get the time could you minimise the days of work in the later stages like all the other careers? And also, maybe lower the hours in the later stages as well?
Thanks
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#19 Old 5th Jan 2009 at 5:55 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by kdonald
I am new to this site and Sims for that matter...my husband is a High School Automotive shop teacher and I was helping him find some online resources and this web page came up in my search. I am very eager to view this game, but have no clue how to. Can ayone please help and if anyone has any other references to automotive learning tools that would be awesome! thanks so much! I do not own anything Sims realted. Will I be required to purchase something in order to view this one? Thanks again!


This is a career path created for use in-game with TheSims2. In order to use it, you'll need to purchase at least the base game for TheSims2, which is available at many retail outlets such as Wal*Mart and Game Stop.

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Lab Assistant
#20 Old 2nd Feb 2009 at 11:28 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by lexi.
i dont mean to sound displeased, this career track is great and thanks for making it, but perhaps if you get the time could you minimise the days of work in the later stages like all the other careers? And also, maybe lower the hours in the later stages as well?
Thanks


Just an opposing opinion... Not meant to be argumentative. Just one opinion among many! I think the fact that the career only requires five hours per day from the very beginning kind of makes up for the fact that the hours stay the same all the way through. And the fact that it is family friendly is so awesome that I don't mind the M-F work schedule. Of course, if the creator is kind enough to adjust it for those who don't agree, more power to ya! Myself, I'll download this version!

Oh! I almost forgot. Does the career reward require the driveway/garage thingie from the Exchange even if you have Nightlife? If so, and I opted not to download that, would the career work OK except for the career reward?

Thanks!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#21 Old 4th Feb 2009 at 4:16 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by mollipopster

Oh! I almost forgot. Does the career reward require the driveway/garage thingie from the Exchange even if you have Nightlife? If so, and I opted not to download that, would the career work OK except for the career reward?

Thanks!


If you have Nightlife, no, you do not need the driveway and garage from the Exchange.

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Test Subject
#22 Old 2nd Apr 2009 at 6:30 PM
Aww I've downloaded this twice now and it keeps coming up as a damaged file. I suppose it may just be my slow dial-up connection.
Space Pony
#23 Old 18th Apr 2009 at 7:25 AM
I'm wondering if this requires the rat rod (or whatever the name of that souped up hotrod pickup truck) that came w/the pre order of NL. If so, then I'm out of luck along w/others who didn't preorder NL.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#24 Old 19th Apr 2009 at 12:05 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sonshine
I'm wondering if this requires the rat rod (or whatever the name of that souped up hotrod pickup truck) that came w/the pre order of NL. If so, then I'm out of luck along w/others who didn't preorder NL.


The Rat Rod I cloned is the one available for free download on the Exchange at TheSims2.com. You do not need any pre-order bonus item for the career reward to work in your game.

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Space Pony
#25 Old 2nd May 2009 at 1:31 AM
Ok, Thanks Charleeheart! Here's hoping that it works w/M&G.
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