If you are going to be doing basic oil changes I don't think those guys are paid flat rate (quick lube type stuff).
Just write negotiable and talk about it in the next interview.
They do not. They get paid hourly. Lube techs do not make commission. And be glad they don't, b e cause you'd lose your ass changing oil for commission. They make 10 bucks an hour, ish.
As for that question, just put a reasonable amount. They don't look at it too hard anyway. I put 10 an hour I think for my intern position, and when I got hired they offered me more than that. Normally they have it pretty set what they are going to pay. I suppose some companies would, But most won't pay you less simply because you put on your application that you are willing to take less. However, don't cut yourself short, but also be reasonable. Some guy came in a nd filled out an application where I work. He was applying for a job on the floor as a general machine operator and I was the only one in the office, so I took his application from him and placed it on the bosses desk. Well, that question is like 3/4 of the way down the page on the first page and it caught my eye as I was setting it down. The guy put $28 an hour on there. I about shit a brick. Needless to say, he never got a call. That question is just to see if you're in the ball park. If you put something ridiculous like 28 bucks an hour for a $10 an hour job, they'll know you have too high of expectations and won't even call you. If you put 12 bucks and hour for that same job, they'll call you If they're interested and during the interview tell you it pays 10 an hour.
Don't stress that question too much. And yes, if you have no certifications, you WILL be changing oil. They cannot legally let you actually work on cars without being certified. Its a federal law. And no offense, but if you have minimal experience be glad you aren't. Like Marc said, you get paid 4 hours if it takes you 2. You also get paid 4 hours if it takes you 8, and you won't have a job long. And with minimal experience, you'd lose your ass on commission. Good techs don't become good techs by getting thrown on the floor to be a tech working for commission without going through some training with experienced techs. And with no certifications, you'll be working your way from the bottom. And if you do want to be a tech someday, there is nothing wrong with working from the bottom. Because that's what you would be doing even if you decided to waste 30 grand on Wyotech
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I was making around $10 and change, as an auto body tech, no certifications. No book time or anything as it was body work at an independent shop. That was a couple years ago.
I had two friends that were Wyotech and UTI grads, respectively, and both ended up making $7.50 at the lowest rungs of the dealerships.
Yup. That being why those tech schools are bull shit. Youll start out at the bottom regardless. Better to just start out at the bottom with no certificate from a bull shit tech school, and not be 30 grand in the hole for it.