Izaak Limbert works on a UPS van on a recent Saturday at Alyeska Sales and Service in Kenai. UPS vans, when they need maintenance, always arrive on Saturdays.
Photo by John Hult
Name: Izaak Limbert
Occupation: Mechanic’s Assistant
Employer: Alyeska Sales and Service in Kenai
Employed here for: 8 months
Alaskan since: birth (sort of)
“I was born in Anchorage, then I moved to (Reading) Pennsylvania for 15 years when I was 2 but I graduated from SoHi.”
Why do you prefer Alaska?
“It’s the fishing, the camping.”
Biggest king salmon ever caught? “Somewhere between 60 or 70 pounds.”
Job description: Auto repairs, oil and tire changes, maintenance
“I do a lot of work on my own, but the mechanics help me out quite a bit, too. I’m not a full-fledged mechanic yet. Next year or this fall I’ll probably take all the tests (to become certified).”
What do you like about your job?
“It’s just easy. My knowledge is more geared towards fixing things, but you’re job there (reporter) I couldn’t do. I’ve always tinkered with cars.”
What are the challenges of your job?
“Some of the work, drivability issues, when a customer has a complaint and you just can’t find the problems because the car doesn’t give you the usual symptoms.”
What do you think when you see the same car over and over again?
“You wanna pull your hair out or maybe put a stick of dynamite underneath it. It just makes work a little bit harder. Sometimes you find the problem and it’s different from the last time you saw it. It’s just a simple fix you checked the last time but it probably wasn’t there.”
What are the best work days?
“When you actually produce some work and fix cars; get them out of the shop that same day. The customer’s happy, you’re happy, everybody’s happy.”
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