1. What exactly do you do?
- What field is your job in?
Mechanic And Automotive Service
- What is your job title?
- Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for (size and general description of what type of organization it is)
I work for one of the largest car rental corporations in the US. It employs over 1000 people and provides various oppurtunities to move up in the company.
- How long have you been employed in this position?
- How many hours do you work a week on average?
- Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)
- Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)
I am an automotive mechanic. I do various jobs including oil changes,balancing tires,and plugging tires.I work at a car rental corporation so whenever cars come in with any type of need, I find out the problem and fix it. This often includes replacing spark plugs, charging air conditioners, and fixing any other issues one might have with the car.
- What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.
- What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.
- Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)
I have medical, dental, and life insurance.
- Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?
Well, however, for what I do I feel somewhat under compensated.
2. Work environment!
- Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Explain
I work with anywhere from 1-2 other mechanics during the day. However, there are days when I am the only one. I usually do not mind working with others, however, I do find it frustrating when I do much more than the others do.
- Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
- Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
- Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it
I work in the garage, but I work in my own bay. I have my own tool box that stays next to my bay. It is a typical garage with 3 open bays for other workers. I really like having my own work space, however, it is always hot and sometimes gets cramped.
- Please rank in order of importance from 1-8 (1- most important 8- least important) Assign each number once.
- 1 Income
- 5 Work Environment - co-workers
- 7 Work Environment - supervisors
- 2 Benefits
- 4 Hours
- 6 Level of responsibility
- 3 The actual "work" you do at your job
- 8 Job Title
3. How should someone new to the workforce get a J-O-B like yours?
- If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Go to various places where mechanics might be needed. One should not count out car rental places as well as car dealerships. OFten these places pay more than a small repair shop. Also, the more education and certifications someone has, the easier it will be to find a job.
- What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours? Please be specific and explain why (e.g., social skills, organization skills, technical skills)
Someone should be wiling to listen to others, because there will always be something else to learn. Technical skils are a must. Someone should have an understanding of electronics and how a car works. Its also very important to keep orgazined and keep your tasks straight. Often, there are a few things going on at once, and you must be able to keep them seperated.
- Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
You can be successful without any formal education, however, to move up you must have some basic or extensive knowledge of automobiles and the technical side of cars.
- What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
I would tell someone to keep their ears open to advice and never think they know it all. In this field there are so many small things to know and learn. If someone comes into the job thinking they can handle every situation, they will soon be put back in their place.
4. How did you get your J-O-B
- How did you find your current job? (e.g. newspaper, internet, referral, etc.)
My father is a service manager for a large car dealership and works closely with the car rental company and found the job opening for me.
- What was the application process for your job? (e.g. submitted resume, paper application, electronic application, all, etc.)
I submitted a resume as well as filled out an application.
- Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail? (e.g., number of interviews, who you interviewed with, group interview, individual interview, etc.)
I had a very informal interview. I was already placed high on the hiring list due to my father being known there. However, I did have a sit down interview with the manager over this location.
- If you can remember, what questions were you asked at your interview?
- Is this the job / field you planned to work in?
- If your job is in a different field from your original plan how did you get here? Explain (Plan can be from high school/college/post college/personal plan)
5. Background: Are you qualified?
- Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
There was no formal training involved. What I learned was from being around the other mechanics during our shift.
- Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain
Yes, I was already very knowledgeable in the field and learned other things by asking questions and reading.
- Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain
No, I did not attend college and only graduated from high school.What prepared me most was what I had been taught at home and through experience with my own cars.
- If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare you for your job?
6. The Future and Beyond (FINAL SECTION)
- If someone were to observe you at work, what would he or she say is "fun" about your job?
The freedom of working out from under someones thumb. Your job will only progress at the pace you work. There can be 100 cars needing service but it will only get done depending on how quickly you can work. There is much more freedom in this job than others where you work under the eye of a superior.
- What is (are) the most fulfilling aspect(s) and least fulfilling aspect(s) of your current employment? (e.g. fiscal, spiritual, type of work, hours, commute, compensation, etc.)
The hours of work are convineant with my lifestyle and my family, also the money is very good. It was important to me to find something with good benefits and good pay. Also, this job is something that someone can move up in with the appropriate time invested. By becoming ASE certified, someone can really open up the doors for higher up positions.
- Is your current employment part of your career plan? Why or why not?
Yes, I plan on becoming ASE certified and moving up in the company. Also by becoming certified, you are move attractive to other employers.
- What are your current career goals? (Can be broad or specific)
My main goal is just to become certifited and maybe venture out and find a higher paying job. I enjoy learning and working on cars, so this is a job I really enjoy doing. I like being able to say that I learn something everyday from my job.
- Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
7. A Day in the Life Of...
- 7 am - 8 am
- 8 am - 9 am
- 9 am - 10 am
- 10 am - 11 am
- 11 am - 12 am
- 12 am - 1 pm
- 1 pm - 2 pm
My shift begins at 1pm. I take a shuttle from the parking lot to the garage. The first few minutes consist of getting my bay set up and making sure all the paper work for the day is in order. I also try to talk to the shop manager to see just how busy we are that day and what the overall theme of the day is.
- 2 pm - 3 pm
The cars needing work are parked in a lot behind the garage. My job is to go get a car, pull it into the bay and read the paperwork to see what needs to be done. ON average for the 2nd hour is about 4-7 oil changes.
- 3 pm - 4 pm
- 4 pm - 5 pm
I took 4 cars for test drives around the block. This is called for to make sure any repairs are adequate and there are no other issues that can be felt by driving the car.
- 5 pm - 6 pm
I did about 5 more oil changes, and fixed two cars whose "check engine" lights were on. Also, this was a slow time so I went through the paperwork and ordered some parts for cars.
- 6 pm - 7 pm
Again, this is often a slow period so I might make a few phone calls, check some paperwork, or take inventory of what is left for the next day.
- 7 pm - 8 pm
I did a few more oil changes and replaced a few blown fuses. I also had to plug 2 tires.
- 8 pm - 9 pm
This is the last hour for my shift and consists of about 35 minutes of last minute things that need to be done before the morning. The last 20 or so minutes consist of cleaning up my bay, cleaning off any oil that spilt, and putting up my tools for the next day.
- 9 pm - 10 pm
- 10 pm - 11 pm
- 11 pm - 12 pm