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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-22-2004, 11:05 AM
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The fast moving world of automotive mechanics is always changing. The new advancement in technology in cars continues to grow as well as the need for mechanics. Every time a car breaks down a mechanic is always needed to fix it.
“Anyone whose car or light truck has broken down knows the importance of the jobs of automotive service technicians and mechanics. The ability to diagnose the source of a problem quickly and accurately requires good reasoning ability and a thorough knowledge of automobiles. Many technicians consider diagnosing hard-to-find troubles one of their most challenging and satisfying duties. The work of automotive service technicians and mechanics has evolved from mechanical repair to a high technology job. Today, integrated electronic systems and complex computers run vehicles and measure their performance while on the road. Technicians must have an increasingly broad base of knowledge about how vehicles’ complex components work and interact, as well as the ability to work with electronic diagnostic equipment and computer-based technical reference materials Automotive service technicians and mechanics use their high-tech skills to inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks that have gasoline engines” (Bureau of Labor Statistics). “Generally, mechanics work indoors. Most repair shops are well ventilated and lighted, but some are drafty and noisy. Mechanics frequently work with dirty and greasy parts, and in awkward positions. They often must lift heavy parts and tools. Minor cuts, burns, and bruises are common, but serious accidents are avoided when the shop is kept clean and orderly and safety practices are observed” (collegeboard.com)
The duties of an automotive technician are to be able to use computers to diagnose and treat the problem. The increasing modesty of automotive technology now requires mechanics that can use computers in a shop and work with electronic components while maintaining their skills with regular hand tools. These tests may indicate whether a component is salvageable or whether a new one is required to get the vehicle back in working order. During a routine a technician may repair or replace worn parts before they cause breakdowns that could damage critical components of the vehicle once the vehicle has reached a certain level the mechanic may have to replace major parts which could cost a lot of money.
Starting mechanic is a starving mechanic, because a starting mechanic only makes about $12,000 in a year. "Median hourly earnings of automotive service technicians and mechanics, including commission, were $14.71 in 2002" (Bureau of Labor Statistics). The highest paid mechanic is paid straight by his local government where he makes about $18.04 an hour the next level down mechanic works for a dealership. Mechanics who are self employed also get paid for some commission and also can charge for labor which and independent mechanic will get paid for. Under this method, weekly earnings depend on the amount of work completed by the mechanic. Employers frequently guarantee commissioned mechanics a minimum weekly salary (collegeboard.com). One of the best ways to get better pay is to become ace certified. Anyone can become ASE certified bye registering at a certified college then someone can choose to take certain test James Duffy states "that you can only take four tests with 200 questions maximum can be taken at once" (28). The ASE certification allows you the opportunity to get hired at almost any mechanics shop in the us. With the ASE certification you can get specialized in certain areas. A good way to advance in the mechanical field is to become specially certified in certain areas. With the ASE certification there is about 8 different areas in which you can get certified.
The only drawbacks about being a mechanic are the long work hours and the over time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics about half of automotive service technicians work a standard 40-hour week, but almost 30 percent work more than 40 hours a week. Sometimes it could be into the early morning before whatever one was working on got finished, it’s just the amount of over time sometimes requires. A mechanic may use over 1,000 tools anything ranging from a screwdriver to a plasma cutter the mechanic must know how to use it. Some bruises and small cuts may happen while working on a car. The awkward positions are also a drawback something’s are hidden inside and it’s hard to find or fix them.

"The number of mechanics is expected to increase because expansion of the driving age population will increase the number of motor vehicles on the road" (collegeboard.com) the number of mechanic and salesperson at a dealership will increase about the same as the rest of the occupations should. But the number of mechanics who can use the special equipment that is needed to test the new electronically controlled cars will grow.
Every time a car breaks down a mechanic is needed to get it back in working order. Mechanics are basically what keeps this world going because without them no one would have cars to get to work.
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