RR 470: Automotive Students Speak Out on Their Future

Guests Travis Mawhir, Ryan Kostek, and Jarrett Laska

Automotive students at SUNY – Erie Community College (State University of New York, Erie County located in Orchard Park, NY)

Key Talking Points:

  • AAS Degree with liberal arts included
  • Starting wages after college
  • Student debt 
  • Some have applied for scholarships, have not qualified
  • Travis is a veteran and his GI Bill is running out
  • Travis is comparing a starting wage as a machinist vs auto tech
  • Internships
  • Automotive industry excites Travis vs machining because  technology is moving very fast
  • Improvements: Have an open lab for students own vehicles and more lot space
  • Affordability to purchase tools
  • Mentoring is very important
  • Dealers vs independents
  • A bright future exists if you want to work hard 



  • Thanks to Travis Mawhir, Ryan Kostek, and Jarrett Laska for their contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast and the pioneer of automotive aftermarket podcasts. Carm calls on his years of experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

Listen to raw, unfiltered, honest, and sincere stories that include insights, trends, best practices, and expertise. Each interview brings an opportunity to learn one new thing through the stories of personal achievement. Many podcast guests tell their story of transformation from working in their business to working on it.

As host of over 1,000 episodes, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ paths to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.

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