Flying Wrench Services - Technician Jobs in Kingston, WA

About Us

Flying Wrench Services was started in 2002 by Coleen’s father. It originally began as one mobile diesel mechanic and after 5 years had grown to three service vehicles and a 10,000 sq ft shop. Coleen began working there in 2007 following in her father’s footsteps, learning the trade and the level of customer care we at Flying Wrench pride ourselves on. Things got really interesting when her husband Bernie started on in 2010. After 4 years of learning the trade from a pro Bernie began running the shop in 2014, taking the shop to new heights. In 2018 Bernie and Coleen were able to buy the business and carry on the legacy. Bernie pulled ahead again and began Flying Wrench Performance with the ultimate goal of diversifying the business. Now we can offer a full range of diesel service for ALL of our customers. We are a member of the Better Business Bureau and the Kingston Chamber of Commerce as a gesture of our serious commitment to Kingston and greater Kitsap County. We take pleasure in our small town roots and family beginnings, and would love to add you to our family!

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  • Our staff is more commonly referred to as "our family."
  • Reece has been with us for 4 years and is a great example of how we promote from within and help the technicians achieve their goals. Reece started as an apprentice and has worked his way up to technician.
  • Jared is one of our newest technicians but that hasn't hindered him from achieving his goals. He takes great pride in his work and takes advantage of our performance bonuses.
  • Most of our technicians are diesel enthusiasts, so our yearly dyno event is popular with our staff. It isn't uncommon to see technicians participating in the dyno event with their own trucks.
  • When we are fully staffed we are able to offer 24/7 roadside assistance and get to see alot of cool rigs, including military vehicles.
  • Flying Wrench Services is a fun place to work. If you have a can-do attitude and a good sense of humor you will be the perfect match for our shop. P.S. If you catch our owner Bernie taking a fishing trip during shop hours, tell him to get back to work! :)
  • Alex is one of our top mechanics and has been with Flying Wrench Services for 16 years! He is the perfect example of someone who take advantage of our performance bonuses and enjoys the benefits package he receives here.
  • George, Bernie, and Chad manage the shop. They are good guys and are always happy to help a new technician get acclimated to their new job.
  • This is Alexander. He is relatively new to the Flying Wrench Family. He has a great attitude and loves a good challenge!
  • This is Blythe - one of our newest techs who has also become one of our top guys. As you can see from the photo, there is no job that is "beneath him."

Under The Hood

Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

The shop has radiant floor heating. There is no air conditioner but we are in a rural area with 8 large bay doors, we prop open doors as well as employ large fans. On extremely hot days we offer for employees to start earlier in the day so that they can be off work before the hottest part of the day.

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

Four managers, six mechanics, one shop apprentice/helper, and one shop helper to round out our team of 12.

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

7:30AM - 4:00PM

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

You must provide your own standard tools. We supply all specialized tooling and software.

What type of break room facility is provided?

Break room with seating, refrigerator/freezer with ice maker, multiple microwaves, condiments, paper plates and plasticware, as well as purified water and coffee via Keurig. We also have a BBQ, as well as a soda machine.

How many bays does your shop have?

8 bays, 10,000 sq ft.

How many repair orders do you average per month?

Approx 125

What is your parts ordering process?

When the job is sold the sales manager orders the parts for the job upon approval from the customer (our sales and service manager are technicians who have done this work for many years and been promoted to their current position). If the job needs to be diagnosed, after the technician has diagnosed and confirmed issues, they write their requested parts list and bring it to their service manager, once handled by the office staff and approved by customer, parts are ordered and you are notified of timeline for delivery.

What is your policy on side work?

Techs may work on gas or family member rigs. However all diesel work, including friend's, is expected to come through the business.

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

Profit share annually. NOT a flat rate shop, you are paid for your hours worked We love to promote our people from the inside. There are quarterly team building trips, things like laser tag, sled pulls, go karts, etc. We buy all of our employees turkeys on Thanksgiving and hams on Christmas. In November for any job that is over $2,000 our company donates a turkey to the local food banks, our highest number was 31. When our employees perform well and show ownership of the company and their positions they are allowed extra privileges, including using the shop to work on personal vehicles, etc. Our employees get parts at wholesale cost. There is a bi-weekly (pay is bi-weekly) bonus for producing at or above your productivity goal.. Flying Wrench has been in the 4th of July parade in our small town since it was started in 2002 (minus 2020, due to COVID), and we continue the tradition of handing out candy and saying hi to our customers, friends, family, and neighbors.

Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

Flying Wrench pays our employees to get their certifications, including covering the cost of study materials and testing, as well as testing time for technicians. We recommend ASE, and EVT, as well as any OE training that comes available, including Cummins, Allison, Ford, Chevy, etc.

Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

Any effort to better the business and the team are noticed and rewarded. We have promoted three shop helpers to apprentice to technician. Our sales manager was promoted from field technician after 4 years. There is a lot of room for growth, both in position as well as pay.

Can you describe your performance review process?

Your direct supervisor reviews your work via our checklist. He will then have a meeting with you regarding your current work level and any great things being done or improvements needed. Twice a year the President of the company will collaborate and go over your performance with you and your direct supervisor. We also have an app where things that may need work, or things that have been done well will be posted by your management team, only you and your management team will see the information posted.

What type of safety training is required?

Specific safety training is not required, however we follow all OSHA standards and our shop foreman manages shop safety.

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

Everybody is expected to share their knowledge and be patient with younger techs. No one will be shamed for lack of knowledge. The usual process for younger techs is working on smaller jobs with oversight from your direct supervisor, ie. service manager/shop foreman. Once you are proficient you are moved up and given instruction and a senior tech to help oversee the larger jobs, and answer any questions you may have.

How does your shop get involved with the local community?

In November for any job that is over $2,000 our company donates a turkey to the local food banks, our highest number was 31. Flying Wrench has been in the 4th of July parade in our small town since it was started in 2002 (minus 2020, due to COVID), and we continue the tradition of handing out candy and saying hi to our customers, friends, family, and neighbors.

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

We currently do not because of staffing shortages but hope to in the future.

Where do you see the shop in five years?

We are currently one of the most sought after diesel shops in the area. Our customers and staff are treated like family and we have a high standard for our work. This will only grow more so. In the next five years we see tremendous growth and plan on competing in the NW Dyno circuit, possibly UCC. We would love to see our current team blended with a few more techs and see our team promoted internally. We have the room and the base team, we just need a few more critical technicians to help push the amount of work we can complete further, which would lead to enhanced profit sharing.

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

We have an application form on our website, Facebook, and on Indeed. Takes 15-30 minutes to complete.

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

We prefer to have a phone call just to ensure that you are a legal US citizen and have proper transportation. It also allows for you to ask any questions you have before your interview.

What do your in-person interviews entail?

You will speak with the Owner about your experience, etc., meet the management staff, check out the shop and speak with some of the current technicians.

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

Background checks and drug screening are performed.

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

The skill assessment is spoken. The management staff and owner will ask you questions regarding previous work you've done, as well as other things that may occur, such as, how you would do a job that we currently have in.

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

Approximately 1 business week.

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

Depending on availability for interviews approximately 1 business 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: $60,000 - $80,000/year ($28.85 - $38.46/hr)

Bi-Weekly Performance Bonuses. Annual Profit Sharing. 401k (we match 3%).

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: $50,000 - $57,000/year ($24.04 - $27.40/hr)

Bi-Weekly Performance Bonuses. Annual Profit Sharing. 401k (we match 3%).

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: $45,000 - $48,000/year

Bi-Weekly Performance Bonuses. Annual Profit Sharing. 401k (we match 3%).

Health Insurance Offered
Three different insurance plans are offered, two silver and one gold. We are part of a large group buy in and have very competitive costs. Mail in pharmacy options as well as MANY locations for the employees to be seen in person all over Washington. Convenient online platform with direct chat to doctors and nurses as well as members services. All of your medical records and information in your hand. We pay 50% for employees and $50 per dependent. Example: gold level insurance with only a $600 individual deductible, the employee only pays $208 for the insurance plan per month. Office visits only cost $15.
Dental Insurance Offered
We offer one of the best Delta Dental plans available. Cost for an employee would be $39.56 a month, employee and spouse $79.13, employee and children $99.07 or the whole family for $162.53 per month. The maximum out of pocket per year is about $380, even for the family plan. This plan is accepted at virtually all dental facilities.
Vision Insurance Offered
is included in the health insurance plan. Covers 1 annual exam and discounted frames/lenses.
Retirement Plan Offered
Match $1 for $1 up to 3%, then $0.50 per $1 up to 6%.
Sick Leave Offered
Sick leave is earned at a rate of 0.3 hours per hour worked. An employee that works full time for the year could get up to 62 hours of sick leave for that year. Sick leave CAN be carried over into the next year.
Vacation Offered
Vacation is earned at a rate of .02 hours per hour worked for the first 2 years (an employee could get up to 41.6 hours per year), the rate goes up to .025 at years 2-3, .042 at years 4-6, maxing out at 6+ years of service with .05 hours earned for every hour worked (that equals out to 104 hours of vacation per year). We also carry over vacation time to the following year if unused.
Paid Holidays Offered
New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day off PAID. Depending on workload, overall shop productivity, and employee consensus we usually take off an extra day for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, unpaid.
ST / LT Disability Offered
Long term disability at no cost to the employees. Our disability covers assisted living stays as well.
Life Insurance Offered
$100,000 life insurance plan at no cost to employees.
Uniforms Offered
Provided free of cost.
Other Offered
Sign-On Bonus: Sign on bonus depends on the mechanics abilities, but will be anywhere from $2,000-4,000, with signed contract.

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