That depends ENTIRELY on the caliber of your "TEACHER"!
Find someone that actually KNOWS what they are doing,
and follow them around doing the 'Dirty Work' for them and you will make 'Friends' with someone that CAN do you some good.
...so having a 'Tool Monkey' to dive under something when a wrench is dropped,
or to wrestle a transmission or differential around while I'm trying to clean/rebuild it is a great thing to have...
And that 'Tool Monkey' will learn how to do what ever it is I'm working on,
He'll have access to me and my SPECIALTY TOOLS when he's ready to do his projects.
I agree with this 100 percent.
When I first got my Jeep 17 years ago, the only things I knew about working
on cars was how to change the oil, spark plugs, basic stuff like that. I had
always bought new cars, so other than those things, I never really needed to
know how to do bigger jobs.
But owning an old Jeep is a different story.
I like to learn how to do things myself, and I am very lucky to have a friend that
is an automechanic who also seems to have been born with a great mechanical
sense of how things work. We have been friends for over 30 years.
Whenever I have needed to replace or fix something, I would ask him about it,
and he would tell me it would be an easy fix. Yeah, for him maybe, because
he had done that job a million times, but for me, who has never done it, it was
kind of intimidating.
But, I would ask for his help and guidance, and I would be the one on the ground,
under the Jeep turning the wrenches, while he was telling me what to do. This way
I was learning how to do it, and he was staying clean and laughing at me when
my face would be covered in grime!!
And if there was ever a time that he knew something would require his special
touch, he would tell me, and jump right in to make sure it was done correctly.
I guess I would call him a mentor in this respect. I feel that I have learned more
from "doing" things myself with his help, than I would have ever learned on my own just
blindly going about the job.
Its like having a service manual that talks, and tells you what to do, and how to
do it, step by step, so I can learn by doing instead of just watching.