"It's very interesting and I enjoy what I do a lot. I love working with the public, making clients feel at ease, giving them total confidence in our ability to serve them the right way - lots of auto prevention. "
Currently, Canada has a critical shortage of skilled mechanics of all types.
Danuta Wozniak is a 3rd year apprentice auto mechanic at la Cle de Contact. She repairs and services autos, writes out estimates and helps her clients understand the terms people use in mechanics.
Danuta attended university in Poland and when she returned to Canada, decided to take mechanic courses at Laurier Macdonald Adult Education Center. After her certification and completion of 2 practical training terms, Danuta was hired at la Cle de Contact.
Mechanics is a career that Danuta finds very interesting and enjoys a great deal. She loves working with the public, making clients feel at ease, and giving them total confidence in her ability to serve them the right way.
Did you know? With the introduction of electric cars and electric/gas hybrid engines, new areas of mechanic training are necessary.
The starting salary for an apprentice mechanic in Quebec is about $8/hour for 1st year apprenticeship (depending on the employer). It goes higher with the hours accumulated. It takes 6000 hours to complete a mechanic's apprenticeship in Quebec. Completing exams successfully will classify you as 1st, 2nd or 3rd class mechanic and you can earn up to 15 dollars per hour in Quebec. Teaching mechanics pays $25-30/hour.
Say the line "The car won't start!" to Danuta Wozniak and she might pull a wrench from her purse and fix it right there on the spot.
With a list of optional achievements include high school athlete of the year and a university background in English Literature, Danuta did not seem to be on the road to a career in mechanics. But Danuta knew she was destined to fix things -- cars, in this case...
Danuta is a third-year apprentice mechanic in a busy shop owned by a woman who is also a mechanic.
Education: Mechanic courses at Laurier Macdonald Adult Education Center (DEP certification)
Hobbies: Soccer, basketball, beach volleyball, alpine skiing, riding a motorcycle in summer, reading English literature