They’re known far and wide by many a nom de plume; the fixer uppers, the jack of all trades, the guy your friend knows when he says, “Dude, no worries, I know a guy.” Those guys are the MacGyver’s of the world, and to that prestigious list, may I add, the company mechanic.
A major road construction company can do millions of dollars in work every year, and have upwards up of thousands of trucks, machinery, and tools that need upkeep. Technicians and mechanics are not inexpensive people on the payroll, therefore the fewer you have to employ, the better it could be for your company’s bottom line. But, finding a captain of the crescent wrench to lead your rowdy crew of road worriors is not a task so quickly accomplished.
The process of becoming a company mechanic is hard enough with the lifetime of knowledge needed to be the go-to guy, let alone trying to find a company looking to hire such an employee. Is it possible to market yourself as the jack of all trades without being pigeonholed as a master of none? Is all that work even worth it? Short answer… absolutely.
In layman’s terms, the title master mechanic usually means, “This guy officially knows his stuff,” or he’s the boss and overseer of all the other mechanics. According to occupationalinfo.org, the dictionary, and three of my neighbors (I’m pretty sure one of them is a scientist… possibly mad), it usually refers to a vehicle mechanic who can work on any aspect of any normal land vehicle; such as cars, buses, trucks, etc…
The company mechanic, though, is someone who needs to be able to work on any land machine, not just vehicles. It’s not unusual for a company mechanic to fix a melted hose on a compressor, then remove and replace a rear axle on a dump truck, then have to remove a tire from its rim to fix a cracked valve, and then reinforce welded supports on an a backhoe bucket, all before lunch. It’s the ability to switch between tasks and wear different hats without losing momentum that really makes a company mechanic a must-have for any organization.
Show Me The Money!
So you’ve labored for years, and like a sponge, soaked up every piece of information you could, about any machine ever made by man – what should you expect in return for such a cornucopia of knowledge? Well… a lot.
The national average for a shop foreman or a garage’s master mechanic ranges from $50,000 – $70,000 a year, according to payscale.com. For the company mechanic, that can be just a starting point. Utility players are some of the most sought-after employees for any company. One person doing the job of two, maybe three, master-level workers sounds too good to be true, and even if you’re not a business owner or know anything about it, you can obviously see the value.
The opportunities are out there, you just need to know how to reach for them; but we’ll cover that in an upcoming blog: “How To Become A Company Mechanic.”
Until then, keep those wrenches turning.