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Auto Mechanic
Owner/Manager #1142

Engineering, Industrial and Technological Sciences

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Owner/Manager #1142

You might think the typical business owner sits behind a desk all day. However, this business owner/auto mechanic does just as much "hands-on" work as his employees. Not only is he responsible for assigning schedules to his employees and making sure they get paid, but he also works on cars and even services vehicle accidents with a tow truck.

He is a firm believer that computers have increased the efficiency of mechanics. Some of his computers even plug directly into a car's electrical system and can quickly report a full vehicle diagnosis.

It is wise for his mechanics to continue to update their skills because they are paid on commission. The more skills they possess, the faster they finish a repair and the more they get paid.

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What influenced you to get started in this field? AUDIO TEXT
What is the most expensive part on a car? AUDIO TEXT
Do you ever have to replace tools and machinery? AUDIO TEXT
What cars do you like to work on and what cars don’t you like? AUDIO TEXT
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Have you ever had to fire anyone? AUDIO TEXT
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With the demand for mechanics, is it possible to get your schooling paid for? AUDIO TEXT
Do your workers have to buy their own tools? AUDIO TEXT
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Do you do your own bookkeeping? AUDIO TEXT
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Do you have much turnover in your business? AUDIO TEXT
What is the most common problem you see with cars? AUDIO TEXT
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Is it easier to work on old or new cars? AUDIO TEXT
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