BMW of Monterey - Technician Jobs in Seaside, CA

About Us

Lithia Motors Inc. started in 1946 in Ashland, OR as a small Chrysler store and has evolved into the 2nd largest dealership group in the nation with over 250 locations to serve our customers. BMW of Monterey is located in Seaside, California next to the Monterey and Carmel By The Sea. We are 1.5 hours from San Francisco. Seaside is a smaller coastal community with great food, World Renowned golf courses, numerous hiking trails, bike trails, deep sea fishing and scuba diving. We are a 5 minute bike ride from the beach, so on your lunch, you can literally stick your toes in the sand. We have a beautiful, drama-free shop and we are waiting for you to join us!!

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Under The Hood

Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

Each bay is independently heated. We have a well ventilated shop with prevalent sea breezes.

What is the size of the team I’d be working with?

12 total techs and 1 shop foreman

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

M - F 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM S 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

All BMW MFG Specialty tools and equipment including computers and diagnostic software. Technicians are expected to have their own tools and too box.

What type of break room facility is provided?

Large break room with TV, microwave and fridge. Technicians have a locker room as well.

How many bays does your shop have?

18 Tech Bays 2 programming bays 1 alignment bay

How many repair orders do you average per month?

1000

What is your parts ordering process?

Parts are ordered from back parts counter from approved recommendation lines on MPI

What is your policy on side work?

We do not allow side work to be done on site as it is an insurance issue.

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

We are in a Pacific coastal climate where air conditioning is not needed. Fresh, sea air is circulated through shop.

Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

Shop pays for completed and passed ASEs. Shop pays for MFG training both on site and off premise including : Travel, Lodging, Food, and time at class.

Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

Our mission statement is Growth Powered By People! How far you go depends on you and your drive. We have had many techs become service managers and service managers become fixed operations directors and even general managers!

Can you describe your performance review process?

Performance Reviews are each done at service manager's discretion.

What type of safety training is required?

Monthly safety meetings. On-line safety training at hire. Safety committee on site.

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

Our senior technicians are afforded the opportunity to mentor new and upcoming techs.

How does your shop get involved with the local community?

All Lithia stores are very involved in community events. Lithia Motors Inc. has great national community involvement including Lithia 4 Kids.

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

Our local stores and national recruiters are very involved with local High School vocational programs . Lithia Motors Inc. is a preferred employer at all national vocational schools.

Where do you see the shop in five years?

YOY growth has been incredible and projected to continue through the next 5 years. We are also implementing on-line service and sales through our new Driveway division!

Is there anything else you’d like to mention about career development and community?

Our Growth Powered By People mission provides a chance for you to further your career as far as you want without obstacles. Do the work and move on up!

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

We do have an online application and it usually takes less than 20 minutes to complete.

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

Applicants are phone screened by a recruiter and then an in person or phone interview is scheduled with the service manager.

What do your in-person interviews entail?

One on one question and answer with the service manager and shop foreman if available.

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

Assessments may be conducted prior to offer. Background, MVR and Drug Screens are conducted after offer and with hire being contingent to outcome.

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

There are some assessments that are performed on line.

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

We try to keep in contact with our candidates and a rejection or offer is usually made within a week.

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

Depending on the number of applicants it usually takes less than a week.

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: $100,000 - $140,000/year

Flat Rate BMW Master Certified Technician with 5+ years of experience.

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: $67,000 - $100,000/year

Flat Rate BMW Member Level Technician with 3-5 years of experience.

C Level Technician
C Level Technicians are more of entry level technicians. C Level Technicians’ responsibilities typically include basic maintenance, alignments, brake and suspension work, along with other base level repairs.
Pay Range: $54,000 - $67,000/year

Flat Rate BMW Associate Level Technician. BMW Step Graduate or equivalent experience with another dealership.

Health Insurance Offered
Health Insurance offered and policy can be customized by employee
Dental Insurance Offered
Dental Insurance offered
Vision Insurance Offered
Vision insurance offered
Retirement Plan Offered
401k with company participation. Employee Stock Purchase Program
Sick Leave Offered
Sick Leave is built into PTO Plan.
Vacation Offered
PTO offered: After 1 year of service: 40 Hours After 2 years of service: 80 Hours each anniversary date After 7 years of service: 120 Hours each anniversary date
Paid Holidays Offered
Most major holidays offered
ST / LT Disability Offered
ST/LT disability offered.
Life Insurance Offered
First $10,000 paid by company.
Uniforms Offered
Uniforms and laundry service offered.
Other Offered
Generous employee discounts on vehicle purchases, leases, parts, and service contracts.

Shop Talk

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