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Beyond the Wrench

Technician Scholarships ft. Janet Smail, The Hourglass Foundation

Episode Description Scholarships lessen students’ financial burden when paying for school. Tune in as Janet Smail, Executive Director of The Hourglass Foundation, covers scholarship criteria, tips for writing scholarship essays, and the various journeys available in the automotive industry. (1:32) Janet’s Background (12:06) Scholarship Funding (19:00) How Students Qualify for Scholarships (24:25) Selecting Scholarship Criteria

2023-01-27T12:01:47-05:00By |Beyond the Wrench|

Tackling ASE Tests ft. Josh Arnold, Toyota of Corvallis

Episode Description Obtaining ASE certifications can be challenging. Josh Arnold, Master Technician, Toyota of Corvallis joins us to discuss the value of ASE certifications, conquering test anxiety, and how to prepare for an ASE test. (1:52) Value of ASE Certifications (8:55) ASE Test Anxiety & Pressure (27:55) Shop Support on ASE Testing (33:20) Preparing for

2023-01-26T11:16:15-05:00By |Beyond the Wrench|

Leveraging Gamification to Promote Technician Careers ft. Tina Zwolinski, skillsgapp

Episode Description This generation of technicians learns differently. Tina Zwolinksi, CEO & Founder, skillsgapp, shares her knowledge on how gamification can engage the younger generation and attract them to technician careers. (1:02) Guest Background (3:12) Defining and Communicating with Gen Z (17:12) Embracing the Digital World (23:01) What is Gamification? (33:29) Familiarizing Young Kids with

2023-01-18T09:02:33-05:00By |Beyond the Wrench|

One Team, One Goal ft. Jen Ellestad, Fixed Operations Director, Zimbrick

Episode Description To make an impact as a leader, build trust within your team. Jen Ellestad, Fixed Operations Director of Zimbrick Fish Hatchery Road in Madison, Wisconsin explains the importance of building trust, communication styles, and finding the right people for your shop. (2:17) Guest Background (16:06) Challenges When Communicating with a Big Team (21:00)

2023-01-11T10:58:38-05:00By |Beyond the Wrench|

Mastering Employer Branding ft. Ed Roberts, Bozard Ford Lincoln

Episode Description The best thing a dealership can do is create a place of employment technicians want to work at. Ed Roberts, Chief Operations Officer, Bozard Ford Lincoln is back on the podcast to discuss how to create a strong employer brand, finding the right personalities for a shop, changes in the industry, and so

2023-01-04T11:05:36-05:00By |Beyond the Wrench|

Budgets, Benefits, and Flexibility ft. Rob Frohwein and Kathryn Petralia, Keep Financial

Episode Description As a technician, managing your budget and making wise purchases isn’t always easy. Rob Frohwein and Kathryn Petralia, Co-Founders of Keep Financial, share their expertise on how technicians and shops can discuss pay, benefits, flexibility, and advice on budgeting. (1:23) Guests Background (8:19) Removing Barriers to Make Life Easier (11:31) Discussing Pay with

2022-12-28T09:25:28-05:00By |Beyond the Wrench|

2022 Technician Survey Results, Meredith Collins, Ducker Carlisle

Episode Description Meredith Collins from Ducker Carlisle joins us to discuss the results of their latest technician survey. The survey includes responses from about 30,000 technicians and dives deep into technician demographics, compensation, workload, and more. (1:27) Guest Background (6:59) Advice to Young People Interested in the Industry (10:05) About the Survey (14:09) Technician Demographics

2022-12-20T15:38:09-05:00By |Beyond the Wrench|

Growing Your Own ft. Lindsey Trett, Walser Automotive Group

Episode Description If a shop isn’t growing its own technicians, turnover and retention will continue to be a huge problem in the automotive industry. Lindsey Trett, Director of Talent Acquisitions of Walser Automotive Group, shares her expertise on how shops can grow their own technicians by creating a solid career path. (1:50) Guest Background (13:51)

2022-12-20T14:17:04-05:00By |Beyond the Wrench|

Breaking Down Supply Chain ft. Tim Eisenmann, Torqata

Episode Description Are you fully leveraging data to boost customer satisfaction? Tim Eisenmann, CEO of Torqata, joins us to discuss how shops can use data as a tool to help predict supply chain issues. (1:22) Guest Background (10:07) The Decision-Making Process of Starting a Business (16:08) Understanding Inventory and Carrying Capacity (24:56) Tracking Data and

2022-12-20T14:17:05-05:00By |Beyond the Wrench|

Building a Network to Support Automotive Programs ft. Scott Norman, Pittsburg State University

Episode Description Automotive programs need more support than ever if we want to improve the technician shortage. Scott Norman, Professor and Automotive Coordinator at Pittsburg State University, joins us to discuss how building relationships with industry and alumni networks is key to running successful automotive programs. (01:15) - Guest Background (4:53) - The Evolving Automotive

2022-12-20T14:17:05-05:00By |Beyond the Wrench|
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