Guess I'm also in the same boat as the OP. Im currently going to school to get my b/a as an automotive technician. No real ideas as what im gonna do with it once i get it. Before school for 5 years I've been a shop helper at a cabinet shop and welding shop. Working at the welding shop helped me learn how to weld. As my teachers have constantly said, being a mechanican doesn's mean you always have to wrench on cars, theres other doors that this type of work open for you. Every job is going to have politics in them. Also any manual labor job, like this, your body will start to feel it, but unless you get sit at a desk everyday its gonna happen.