Atomic Auto - Technician Jobs in Portland, OR


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Under The Hood

Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

Heated, but no AC

What is the size of the team Iā€™d be working with?

3 advisors/office staff and 4 techs

What are the shop hours and what are the shift timeframes?

8-6. Techs 8-5 or 9-6, most choose 8-5.

What tools does the shop provide that are available for all technicians to use?

Scanners, press, AC equipment, electrical system testing, speciality tools, etc

What type of break room facility is provided?

It is pretty small as we have a small building, but most people leave for lunch/break.

How many bays does your shop have?

7 hoists and 8 bays, enough room behind each hoist to fit in another car

How many repair orders do you average per month?


What is your parts ordering process?

Typically all handled by front office, if technician can put labor and parts on a job in the estimating process, that's great, but not required

What is your policy on side work?

Not allowed. Employees can work on their own cars in the shop with the approval of management.

Are there any other unique features of the work environment worth noting?

Small, tight-knit group. We are flexible with schedules and value the quality of life our staff have.

Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

Yes, typically whatever techs want. The company pays for the class, sometimes pays for hours while at class. Biggest problem we have is finding decent training for hybrids and EV's

Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

We are pretty much on the cutting edge of the automotive business technology-wise. Considering adding Tesla in 2022. As we continue to refine our processes and improve, we aim to increase wages and continue profit sharing. The industry is going more and more towards hybrids and EVs and our position on the forefront encourages career growth. We like to keep people long term!

Can you describe your performance review process?

Annually, although since COVID, we have been slacking due to so much going on.

What type of safety training is required?

Basic high voltage training provided as needed

Can you describe how Techs work with and mentor younger techs?

We have tried this, and hence are looking for an A level tech rather than trying to train apprentices. Training on the job is tough when you are as small as we are.

How does your shop get involved with the local community?

Not much since COVID. Helped get Oregon Senate Bill SB803 going to help stop cat theft last year

Do you do anything with local high schools or tech schools to encourage more students to enter the profession?

Resume/job fairs at PCC

Where do you see the shop in five years?

Remaining on the forefront of the Portland independent hybrid/EV repair market

Do you have an application form and how long does it typically take to complete?

No application until hire

Do you phone screen applicants before doing in-person interviews?


What do your in-person interviews entail?

Meeting with a third party consultant, then meeting with our management if we decide to move forward

Do you perform background checks, drug screening, or personality tests before hiring an applicant?

Background check

Do you perform a skill assessment before hiring an applicant? If yes, what does it entail?


After an in-person interview, approximately how long should I expect to wait for a rejection or an offer?

2 weeks

Approximately how long does the full hiring process take from submitting the application to the time of the hiring decision?

2 weeks to a month.

A Level Technician
A Level Technicians are highly skilled technicians that have strengths in their diagnostic and mechanical ability. This level of technician typically has many years of experience and education. We view an A Level Technician as the highest skilled technician in a shop
Pay Range: $65,000 - $110,000/year ($31.25 - $52.88/hr)

We are hourly pay, not flat rate, Annual profit sharing bonus

B Level Technician
B Level Technicians are skilled in mechanical repair and, while not their specialty, have some diagnostic skills. B Level Technicians generally have a fair amount of experience and can be trusted to handle most repairs.
Pay Range: $0 - $65,000/year

We are hourly pay, not flat rate

Service Advisor
Service Advisors are primarily customer focused and, as one of the faces of the shop, they are critical in keeping customers happy. Service Advisors are frequently focused on taking customer calls, relaying information to technicians, and selling repair jobs. Both technical and sales experience are helpful for this position.
Pay Range: $45,000 - $70,000/year

We are salary, no comission. Team-oriented, with profit-sharing bonus.

Health Insurance Offered
Company paid health insurance for employees only Effective after 90 days, but we can be flexible
Dental Insurance Not Offered
Vision Insurance Not Offered
Retirement Plan Offered
SEP IRA with matching
Sick Leave Offered
10 days provided annually
Vacation Offered
2 weeks provided annually after 1 year, but we can be flexible
Paid Holidays Offered
Most major holidays paid. This year, we are closed from Christmas to New Year and it is paid.
ST / LT Disability Not Offered
Life Insurance Not Offered
Uniforms Offered
Shop will buy T-shirts or button down shirt, techs will launder themselves
Other Not Offered