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Re: Pay Wages For Small Engine Mechanics

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02-28-2013 10:31:41

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You ask this on a different forum and I guess you didn't like what you got told.

1. I know several shops that are small engine only. They don't pay much because the money maker there for the owner is parts markup.
2. You cannot expect many places to give you much is any of that markup.
3. They don't hire anyone off the street so to speak. You have to have a trade school certificate for them to even talk to to you.

4. Most people with small engines just throw them away if they connot fix them themselves. Old Murry's get crushed at a fantastic rate. Why would an owner dump 500 bucks into an old 999 Murry when they can replace it new for 1000 bucks at Wally World? Heck my own son tossed a 99.99 special lawn mower cause they wanted 68 bucks for a new carb without installation. Most folks with old crap machines who will pay to have them fixed are not going to be willing to pay the 45 or so an hour to have them repaired at a shop that hire mechanics, so you need to be up to speed on the new stuff who's owners can afford to pay that.

5. Most of your certs anymore for the different makers is for only engines. Shops what guys trained in the whole system, be it a snow blower or a lawn tractor.

6. Many of your newer trannies are "sealed" units and are throw away. On the better more expensive units with decent trannies they seldom have problems.

7. The real money in "small" engine is in "rec" engines. Marine/Outboard, ATV's, motorcycle and such. For that you need to go to school. Only place I know of that was willing to train went belly up about 10 years ago.

8. Really want to make money turning wrench's? Owning your own shop is the way to go. Lot more work and cost but the rewards are greater too.

It'a an achievable goal if you really want it. You just need to be sure of it. You can expect to have to have 2K or more in professional grade tools. Shop owner isn't going to hire you with a base set of Craftsman. He can't afford for you not to be able to complete a job cause a wrench broke. He's going to want you to have tools from a distributer that comes to the shop once a week, not have to give you time off to run to Sears or HD to replace a broken Husky.

Or you can try to just free lance it and work on old junk for customers who are not willing to pay a decent price is at all. You can't live by fixing stuff for free.
I know this isn't what you wanted to hear but to the best of my knowledge it's the best info I can give you. Part of this is gleened from my wife's employer. She works at a C store that also performs lite repairs on cars/trucks and is a full line dealer and repair for TORO and Husqvarna.

The owner told me when I ask that given your qualifications he'd maybe give you a job at the regester and when needed use you to set up new equipment.


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