I do not, but the next time I talk with him, I'll ask and post it here. But, anticipating where you might be going with this, I'm sure it's not going to be something that's going to be wonderfully impressive. It's just a tire shop, after all. However, I'm of the belief that if you start modestly and work hard, you have a better opportunity to advance than you do by sitting on a couch and playing video games all day - just my opinion...
This tire shop owner started by working in one as a high schooler (he was my oldest son's best friend and lived 2 doors over from us). Now he owns his own. My oldest son started bagging groceries at 16 - he now owns his own grocery store. I once hired on as an apprentice (taking a huge cut in pay), and ended up becoming the General Manager of a very large printing operation for a major retailer.
I'm not trying to hint that every kid who starts "at the bottom" will own the company someday - nor am I saying that today's wages and benefits (or lack thereof) vs. today's expenses can be accurately compared to those of yesteryear. What I am saying is that - in my opinion (I'm not trying to declare this as absolute fact - it's just my opinion!) - starting somewhere and applying yourself gives you a better chance of success. Again, in my opinion(!), failing a drug test or not showing up for work after 2-3 days actually lessens that chance.
And to everyone who is itching to type words to prove me all wet: I'm also not trying to say that auto mechanics and repair work is a fabulous career to get into. If one has the opportunity to be CEO of Microsoft as their first pick of jobs, I think they should take it. All I was trying to say with the story about my friend's problems with hiring, is that the owners of shops are sometimes having their own challenges in getting employees. I'm sure there are downsides - but I'm also certain that some downsides exist in EVERY job (including the Microsoft CEO gig!)...
Have you considered watching news media other than Fox News? Have you tried to support a family on what they pay? As a person with a 7 figure savings, I am aware of what hard work USED TO DO FOR YOU. I don't think the climate is the same today as is was for me. As an example, I had a pension, BEFORE Ronald Reagan made them obsolete. And I am only 66 years old.
@AMatyas - congratulations on being able to amass a comfortable nest egg and a nice standard of living, despite all of the forces aligned against you. Also, good on ya for making it to the ripe age of 66 - I truly hope you live long and prosper. Now, it would be nice for you to relax a bit and enjoy the fruits of your labors. No, no - I really mean it: try to relax...
Because of the labor shortage people often spring board their pay to a point where the cost of labor outstrips their addition to the bottom line.
we don’t run a charity or a sewing circle. Too many want to work 9-4, with an hour and a half for lunch and unlimited breaks.
As a shop owner and working lead technician/master technician for more than 40 years I can help answer this question without knowing much more than: it is a tire store and the question is entry-level wages and benefits.
First, how much money does it cost you in labor to pay this tire store owner to install a set of four tires on your late model sedan/car/truck? You know, the one that has a low tire pressure warning light on the dashboard.
Then, you divide that dollar number by four. Then you ask that shop owner how long it will take the entry-level technician to do the job. Now, let's say that job takes exactly 60 minutes. Let's say that the labor that you pay to have that job done is $80. This is quite typical for an independent tire store.
That entry level technician is probably going to need some supervision for six months. That is because someone needs to make sure he is not going to break the tire pressure sensors, leave lug nuts loose or over torque them, or any of the other simple mistakes which can result in a bus full of dead nuns.
That guy who's doing the supervising is going to probably eat up about 20 of those dollars. So that leaves $60.
That entry-level job is going to pay the entry-level guy somewhere between 15 and $20 an hour.
It takes the remaining $40 to pay the garage owner's liability insurance, the light bill, the mortgage, the owner's salary, the service writer, taxes, etc. etc.
The profit margin on the tires is only around 15 to 20%. That doesn't help a whole lot for paying those above-mentioned costs.
So, the reason there is no one entering this industry is because it's a whole lot easier and more profitable to apprentice as a plumber, welder, HVAC technician, electrician, etc. but that is what this article was about.
I wasn't union, but I worked with UMWA local 2245. Same things happened at the mine. They were supposed to protect everyone and they mostly helped the guys who were buddies with the president. Good unions are great, but bad ones are worse than the company.
I had a meeting at an Autonation dealership for a SAE event. Bear in mind, they invited US, and the dealership tried to tow my Buick. They said they thought it was “abandoned”. Guess which dealer I NEVER shop?
(to be fair, it still looks like some one abandoned it, but parts cars never get any love)
Here is the trouble. Americans don't want to get dirty anymore working on cars. I wish people would stop blaming everything on the virus. I hear the White house cop out on that too many times already.
Today their is a lack of good mechanics as many people don't want to get their hands dirty, We have has a lack of welders and construction workers too. Everyone thinks if they spend a lot of money on a degree they will make a lot of money. That is not always the case anymore.
Another issue today is the investment to work on cars. My buddies shop has to spend thousands on equipment and programs just to work on many cars. Few want to invest.
Then you have shops and dealers that push quotas for money on jobs. Some places guys are replacing good parts just to keep their job.
The reality is today a good skill trade can make some really good money. My father in law just retired as a welder and was making six figures. Now they can replace him.
Bust to go out as a mechanic like most jobs you don't start at the top. You need to go out and get experience and establish yourself. Going in on specialties also warrants big money. You need to investigate and find your place as just going to a oil change place or dealer will garner top money right out of school.
Life rewards have to be earned not given.
Note to myself as like my coworkers we all started out getting dirty and changing oil. But we also worked our way into the auto industry in areas like racing and found a way to make a good living developing and selling the parts people want.
We still get dirty but now on our terms.
Wrenching on cars is great when you are young but it can get old. Also the customer base is getting more and more rude. They want their car fixed but they don't like to pay the cost of it. Many things are not cheap anymore. One could have over $20,000 just for a tire machine that will not jack up your expensive wheels.
Sorry to hear of the loss. But the shortage of mechanics and tech was around before we knew what Covid was.
while Covid has created some issues society today many use it as an excuse for many things it had nothing to do with.
The repair shop people I know have had trouble finding reliable good techs for 10 years. Even paid well they either are slow or too often just not dependable to show up daily.
Even in my line of work I see people get fired for lack of attendance than anything. One guy was hooked on. Idea games and he would use up all his sick time gaming. He has to leave before getting fired as he knew he would not make the end of the year. Sadly he was married with two kids.
Actually most expect things to become simpler. As EV models go they have less moving parts and less in general. They will use less motors vs ICE engines. No transmissions, less no real fuel systems or emissions systems. No oiling systems.
They will have mostly plug and play items a cooling system for battery temp stability but most other items will be diagnosed by the cars system.
Todays ICE engines are ever more difficult with cylinder drop systems, With turbo systems, New oil systems. Cam variable timing systems. Transmissions that are ever more complicated and unreliable.
If we had the basic engines and cars of the 60s' yes the electrics would be a jump in complicity. But with the way they are going about to keep the ICE engines viable they are more complicated than some spacecraft of not so many years ago.