This is the missing bit: being able to troubleshoot and take things apart while using reasoning to figure something out.
What's the Sopranos quote? "We change tires in this family," or something to that effect.
Now, when they tell me of a list of minor car complaints and I get them all fixed in a few minutes (loose bulb connector, floppy panels, easy stuff) there is no complaining.
There is an elitist view that knowing how to do something that didn't give you a degree is beneath us. The exalted just flash cash credit. The middle class and up are Eloi, being useful is for the Morlocks. This shit don't fly in a good economy and is even more foolish now.