I worked at Tires Plus full-time (More than a year)
If you have a strong well oiled team that helps you its not that bad. Remember team work makes the dream work. At the shop i worked at there were only males we had a decent coworker relationship and cracked a lot of jokes and had many laughs. Sometimes there would be barely anything to do for weeks and other times we would be slammed from open until closed. If you are looking to gain experience in the automotive field its not a bad place to start.
Ask questions and often times experienced mechanics will feed your curious mind about why this does that and why it had to be done in this order
There are time constraints that we as technicians are barely able to meet 30 minutes max for an oil change
59 minutes for a set of 4 tires. If you are completing these tasks by yourself one misplaced impact gun or oil filter wrench can send you over the short time limit easily.
Not that it takes 30 minutes for a regular oil change but we have to inspect every vehicle and check tread dept air pressure brake fluid levels and other visible defects write everything down to make recommendations.
Saturdays are mandatory for everyone
Advice to Management
There are small things that might take you 30 seconds to do that will save technicians exponential time down the line like I said before team work makes the dream work.
Also there is this new thing called splash guards that most modern cars have now which takes almost 4 minutes to uninstall and reinstall yet us technicians are still expected to maintain that under 30 minute oil change please lets be a little realistic.
I applied online. I interviewed at Tires Plus.
I knew someone who knew the manager and helped me get in contact with him. Once i applied i received a offer of employment once i accepted that i had to fill out some background info about myself and then go take a medical and physical screen the physical had me lift about 25lbs up to waist height about 5 times and then 50 lbs up to waist height 10 times or it might be the other way around. I also had to carry a 50lb tool box about 6 yards. Then i had to lift a tire on to a table about 10 times that was it. After about to weeks I started my first day on the job
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