The Life of a Mechanic

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Mark Ross
Dr. Gina O’Brien
English 111
June 26, 2010
The World Of Auto Mechanics
Auto mechanics is a career that I have always been interested in.   I chose to research this career
so that I would better understand what it takes to become an auto mechanic.   According to the (Bureau
of Labor Statistics), an auto mechanic is a technician that inspects, maintains, and repairs cars and light
trucks that run on gasoline, electricity, or other alternative fuels like ethanol.
Auto mechanics make a pretty good living.   According to the (Occupational Outlook Handbook),
auto mechanics can make anywhere from $9.17 per hour all the way up to $27.22 per hour.   Some
technicians receive a commission on top of their hourly wage.   The commission is usually related to
the labor cost charged to the customer.   Depending on where you work, you could make pretty descent
money.   Starting out as a new auto mechanic, you could make $25,000-$35,000 per year.   The next tier
would be $35,000-$45,000 per year.   If you work hard and become a Master Mechanic, you could end
up making $45,000-$100,000 per year.   A lot of Master Mechanics work for luxury car dealers like,
Porsche, BMW, Jaguar, or Mercedes.   It is my goal to work hard and try to become a Master Mechanic.
The projections data from the (National Employment Matrix), predicts a 14% increase in
employment of auto mechanics by the year 2016.   In 2006 there were 773,000 auto mechanics.   They
are predicting 883,000 auto mechanics by the year 2016, an increase of 110,000.   I would say that I have
a pretty good chance of finding a job as an auto mechanic by the time that I am done with school.   Over
all, the future looks pretty good for auto mechanics.   Over the next three years, the field of auto
mechanics will see an increase of 10%-20%.   This is in part due to the retiring of many mechanics and an

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increase of cars being purchased.   The main employers of mechanics will be dealerships and...