I have seen your question for the last few days and since I am not from your area, I am unsure of the quality of service that the shops in your area can offer.
What i do suggest is doing a google search for every mechanic shop within the desired distance from your home town and make a list of all of them rating them from top to bottom as your #1 choice to your least favorite. Call each location and see if they are hiring, if they are seeking a certain type of skill, and if you have that skill.
If this doesnt seem to help, I suggest revising your question.
John recommends the following next steps:
- Google Search by distance
- Make a List
- Do Pros and Cons
- Analyze your skill set and what you have to offer a perspective employer