To the Editor:
At 15 years of age, I walked into a foreign car repair shop in Lee, Mass., and asked for a job.
That was more than 35 years ago, and I have never regretted a minute I have spent as an automotive technician.
I am proud of my profession, and I have done very well by it. I'm sorry that things somehow didn't work out for Terry Walter ("'Great money'?
No, mechanic says," Letters, March 10), but I take offense at what he wrote.
For a number of years I have been an auto tech instructor at a local technical high school. I know that different regions of the country pay at various rates, but I also know that the field of automotive technology is extremely rewarding in all aspects.
My students do not start for less than $9 an hour on co-op while they are still in school. Last year, I had the highest paid co-op student in the building. He was making more than $15 an hour as a senior and was given a very nice raise after graduation.
The tools? Well, those are part of the job! We have to supply them for ourselves just as a carpenter, plumber or electrician must.
Obviously this profession wasn't for Walter, but he has no right to knock it.
My students enter this profession because they want to. Our records indicate that nearly100 percent of them stay in the trade.
My hat is off to every auto tech student in the country. To me, they're all great kids who have a great career to look forward to.
Every job has thorns, Mr. Walter, but in this one, more people than not come out smelling like a rose.