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Achieving Goals! Career Stories of Individuals Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Ambitious Achievers (Jose Silva, Auto Mechanic)

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INTERPRETER (VOICEOVER): I work for a car dealer. You know, I work behind the scenes. I do detail work, which is checking on oil and fluids, making sure everything is clean inside the car, getting it ready for sale. You know, I'm very proud of the work that I do. And I'm also very proud of the fact that I'm the only deaf person in the state of New Hampshire that does this sort of work.

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INTERPRETER: My name is Jose. And I'm very proud of myself.

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NARRATOR: Jose Silva's first job in the automotive business was an auto detailer. He was responsible for oil changes, cleaning cars, and getting them ready for sale. But when he started learning more about the mechanical side of the auto business, he realized his true calling in life, to be an auto mechanic. Jose went to Autosmith Car Company in Epsom, New Hampshire to buy a car. He ended up paying it off by working for the dealership. Today, he is living his dream as a licensed safety inspector. It's been a win-win situation for both Jose and owner Ken Smith.

Well, Jose is basically really our right-hand man here. He is responsible for taking care of between 50 and 60 automobiles, cars and trucks on the lot at any given time. He's responsible for making sure that they're in good shape mechanically. It's all the way from detailing cars, making sure that the insides of the cars are clean, underneath the hoods are clean, the trunks are clean, making sure, more importantly, that the cars are safe by doing the New Hampshire state inspections on them.

INTERPRETER: To be licensed, you have to understand about wheel alignment, making sure the wipers are working properly, all the lights are working, the parking brake is working, the doors are in good shape, all the fluids are taken care of, the windows go up and down properly. When I beep the horn--

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--I can feel the hood at the same time that I press it. If I don't feel the vibration, then I know the horn is broken. These are the types of things that either I can feel the vibrations of or I can see for myself, so I don't depend on the hearing. Those are the types of skills you would need to know to get a license.

You know, as an inspector, there are certain guidelines that have to be followed. And they have to be followed in a certain sequence. You know, you have to understand what the rules are. Otherwise, you're not going to be able to get a license Once the boss has sold a car, then we have to make sure that we have the right keys. We have to make sure that we put all the information into the computer that's necessary. We have to document the VIN number. We have to put stickers for the inspection on. We have to make sure we put in the model and make of the car and just document everything and put it into the computer, how much the car sold for, get all the proper documentation. We include a warranty, and just make sure everything's all good and ready to go.

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Well, you know, it's a real kind of lighthearted place. But at the same time, we keep very busy. I know what my boss expects. We communicate very well together. He tells me the things that he needs to have ready. You know, if something needs to be ready by tomorrow, for example, then I make sure to have it ready by tomorrow. So we have good communication.

My relationship with Jose has been a very positive one. I would recommend highly that you give a deaf person a chance, to give them a trial period of 60 days and see how it works out. And I think they'll find out that the deaf person is very capable and they want to learn and they're very ambitious. And I would highly recommend them giving them a shot.

INTERPRETER: Yeah, deaf people can do anything. Here in the car business, we can do absolutely everything, regardless of being deaf. You know, I may not be a person who's out there selling cars, but back here, I can do anything. You know, I'm very proud of the work that I do. And I'm also very proud of the fact that I'm the only deaf person in the state of New Hampshire that does this sort of work, and I'm living proof of it.

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In this segment, Jose Silva discusses his duty as an auto mechanic for a car dealer. He is responsible for making sure the car is ready to sale. He is also a licensed safety inspector. Part of the "Career Stories of Individuals Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Ambitious Achievers (Vol. 5)" series.

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Achieving Goals! Career Stories of Individuals Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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