Does anyone else get this question frequently, and aren’t quite sure how to answer it?

Many times it seems like my definition of a mechanic is different from everyone else’s. I’d call a mechanic someone who works on cars professionally, or maybe at least has in the past. To some, it seems to mean you know how to work on cars, in any capacity above their own understanding.

It just seems like an odd question, especially when I get it from someone at work and I’m like “No, I’m a machinist. You work with me, you should know that”.

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Anyway, it’s just weird to me.