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Joe Hickey’s Automotive Career
February 28, 2017
By: Colton Hunter2/
Me and Joe taking the motor out of my truck
Driving up to my PF’s house to interview him, I was a little bit nervous. Joe is not much of a talkative kind of person. Once I got there and settled in and we began some small talk about my truck and the progress I was making, he began to warm up and started being a lot more talkative than I thought he would be. I began the interview by asking him about his early childhood and how he got his interest in working on cars. He simply started talking about how his dad used to have an old 1969 Camaro and was always working on it. He said he would always wake up early on the weekends with his father to work on because his father told him a saying that would be his life motto. He said “If you take the time and effort to do the little things right than the finished product will be rewarding”. When he turned 16, the finished product of the Camaro rewarded him. His father gave him the car as a present and said that all the hard work and money they put into it was all a life lesson that if you really work hard at something, then the payoff will reward you. From then on he was always working on it through high school and was hot-rodding it out with a big motor and many other upgrades. Following that I asked him what jobs he pursued after high school. He responded by saying “Working on my car throughout high school had created a passion for working on cars and that I had such a passion for it that I got a job at a local auto shop about 10 minutes down the road from my house.”
Once he told me this I asked him where he went after this job. He responded by saying that while he was working in the shop, he was going to an Audi technical school part time. Once he finished school and became a certified mechanic for Audi, he landed a job at the Audi dealership in Alpharetta. He would then work there for the next 30 years until he suffered a back injury that caused him to retire and become a mechanic that works out of his own shop at his house. To finish up the interview I asked him if he’s enjoyed his line of work as a mechanic. Without hesitation he responded by saying that yes and he’s loved working on cars his entire life because he likes challenges and that it gives him pleasure knowing that when the customer comes to pick up their car that it was done the right way and that the problem is fixed and the car they are driving when they leave is reliable.