A BMW mechanic needs to understand 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 on 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
- Completing the work efficiently with little to no problems.
These expectations come from both the client and the employer. However, with proper BMW hands-on 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 they should still know all aspects of repair on BMS vehicles.
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.
Wages differ all over the country. While an average salary range for a general mechanic is typically around $20 an hour, a BMW mechanic may make up to $25 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.
Master mechanics are the mechanics with extensive experience and years of dedication to the field. Master mechanics can typically earn well over $64,000 a year.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-service-technicians-and-mechanics.htm