As a repair technician for many years, this occupation has many attributes that are transferrable towards administrative/management.
My work life, for the most part has been centered around making some type of technical repairs. Whether it be electrical or mechanical, this has been my life's' work. I began as a young child, fooling around with small gas engines. Then as time passed, I became interested in the NHRA. The opportunity to get educated, began when vehicles transitioned to solid state components, and then computers. Most of my education had been learned from my father (Air Force aviation mechanic) who had a repair shop. For a long time working on cars was just a hobby, then I started working on other vehicles when shops would turn them away or the repairs were too expensive for whomever. After about 8 or 9 years of management, I decided to get some formal training, because I made more money on the side than I got paid as a manager. I have worked in other areas, because I really didn't like to get dirty. While attending technical school, I would work on school bus driver's vehicles during school, in the evening I worked a some aftermarket. My jobs have always had some direct contact with the public, until I began to work for entities that were fleet based.Most of my working life has consisted of overlapping workloads,night and day.I put down the wrenches for a few years and drove Class A. At one point in time, I became a single-parent father. I was trying to juggle 3 small children and continue to work my two jobs. Things got a little hectic so I had to take time to care for my family the best way I could. I received help from my family members, then I was able to resume my regular routine in working – more... dual occupations. An opportunity came to apply for the City of Minneapolis. I took action to apply as a truck driver, also the benefits were good and I had three children to be concerned about. I started out in the Solid Waste Dept. for the City. While there I received three offers to become a automotive repair technician. This opportunity took me straight to top pay-scale(no steps). We were working plenty of over-time, which paid well, there was not a need to have to work overtime anymore. The thing that I liked best about working for this municipality was how it brought new challenges everyday. This occupation is an excellent position to have, because nothing about the work is redundant, it was always something new or a different riddle to be solved. With over a hundred different makes and models, which ranged from emergency response to heavy On & Off Road, to passenger, to the non self-propelled equipment. There is always something going on. My children were returned to their mother and I just continued to work. Working at the City of Mpls, gave me the time I needed to return to school after 21 years. The schedule was flexible enough where I coordinated my classes within my work schedule. I received my AA Degree in May of 2012.My intent is to pursue my BA in HR/Labor Relations. I had been a very active member within the union and volunteered to become a Union Steward. There were Leadership that was required prior to becoming a steward. I took courses on Saturday's at the University of Minnesota. I have only had a few jobs, but the skills that I received from school and work are transferable. I believe that I would be a excellent candidate for this position, because of my education, years of overall technical repair, managerial skills and working with the Union, its' members, and the contractual language that a person would need have an understanding of how that works.
In summary: I possess the qualities that this position calls for, the management, great employee and vendor rapport, administrative skills, inventory knowledge and experience, the technical analyzing; diagnosing, troubleshooting steps, skilled repairs, and IDEAS. – less