A BMW mechanic understands the changing technology and processes associated with these German manufactured vehicles. When a client seeks out a BMW mechanic, they're doing so because they want a highly trained, highly skilled mechanic. There are greater expectations placed on a BMW mechanic than a regular ASE certified mechanic. Those expectations include knowing how to diagnose the engine and electrical components, how to order the foreign parts in a timely manner, and completing the work efficiently with little to no problems. These expectations come from both the client and the employer. However, with proper BMW training and education, most BMW mechanics don't disappoint.
The duties of a BMW mechanic don't differ too greatly from a regular mechanic. The only difference is that a BMW mechanic knows in detail how to repair and maintain all models of BMW. A dealership expects its BMW mechanics to know the computer that runs the car and keeps different components working correctly. While regular repair shops may have mechanics that specialize in transmissions or brakes, BMW mechanics must know all aspects of the vehicle. This doesn't mean a BMW mechanic can't focus on one part, but the mechanic should know all aspects of BMW repair.
Dealerships may expect mechanics to work an average of 40-hours per week. In some cases, BMW mechanics may work a 50-hour week and on some weekends. High-end or European repair shops may expect the BMW mechanics to become familiar with other European car manufacturers, so the repair shop can boast multi-skilled mechanics when marketing to clients. Employers may also want mechanics who are ASE certified and who may hold at least a two-year degree in automotive technology. The more education a BMW mechanic obtains, the more money they may request from the employer.
Salary ranges differ all over the country. While the average salary range for a general mechanic may be between $11 and $15 an hour, a BMW mechanic may range between $15 and $20 an hour, depending on location. BMW mechanics who open their own repair shops may average much more because they aren't losing any money off the hourly billable rate, unlike mechanics with dealerships and private repair shops. Any mechanic who completes repair work on the side may increase their yearly profits by $5,000 to $10,000 a year, depending on the amount of side jobs completed.
Master mechanics are the mechanics with extensive experience and years of dedication to the field. Master mechanics may earn well over $100,000 a year, sometimes up to $120,000 a year. However, these salary ranges aren't the normal averages and exist only with a small percentage of BMW mechanics. There is a tiered rating system for BMW mechanics. A C-tech is the lowest tier, but may earn up to $40,000 a year. A B-tech may earn anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000 a year. An A-tech, otherwise known as a master mechanic, may earn up to $120,000 a year. A trainee may expect to earn anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000 a year, until the completion of BMW STEP training and certification.