Hillmuth Certified Automotive of Columbia - Technician Jobs in Columbia, MD

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Under The Hood

Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

All shops are heated. Glenwood and Clarksville have AC. We are putting AC in Columbia this year, 2024

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

The team size varies by location, typically ranging from 6 to 12 members. Everyone collaborates effectively, consistently supporting each other to succeed.

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

We are open Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. We are CLOSED on the weekends

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

All technicians are assigned a laptop that contains access to Identifix, Pro Demand, and All Data. We also have AutelMaxisys Elits with online support. All BG Equipment

What type of break room facility is provided?

Each break room contains a lunch room and a fridge. Some contain a TV to watch shows while on lunch break. Most of the time the team goes to lunch together.

How many bays does your shop have?

Columbia 18 Bays Clarksville 6 Bays Glenwood 7 Bays Gaithersburg 14

How many repair orders do you average per month?

Columbia 18 Bays Clarksville 180 Glenwood 140 Gaithersburg 160

What is your parts ordering process?

Our front team works diligently to source the highest quality parts, promptly ordering them upon job approval to ensure swift completion. We back our work with a 36,000-mile or 3-year warranty, the best in the industry.

What is your policy on side work?

Sidework is permitted on shop days. If you're interested, we can discuss this further during our one-on-one meeting.

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

Notable features of the work environment at Hillmuth Auto Care include: 1. Supportive Team Atmosphere: Collaborative and friendly work culture where teamwork and mutual support are emphasized. 2. Opportunities for Growth: Regular training and professional development opportunities to enhance skills and advance careers. 3. State-of-the-Art Technology: Access to modern tools and equipment, including digital vehicle inspections, ensuring efficient and accurate service. 4. Customer-Centric Approach: Focus on delivering excellent customer service, fostering a sense of pride and satisfaction in the work performed. 5. Comprehensive Benefits: Competitive compensation packages, including profit sharing through 401K, health benefits, and paid time off. 6. Work-Life Balance: Flexible scheduling options to help employees maintain a healthy work-life balance. 7. Employee Recognition: Regular recognition and rewards for outstanding performance and contributions to the team. 8. Safe and Clean Environment: Commitment to maintaining a clean, organized, and safe workplace for all employees. Joining Hillmuth Auto Care means being part of a dedicated and professional team that values excellence, innovation, and employee well-being.

Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

We pay for all training. If you want to learn something, we are going to invest in you

Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

We are a rapidly growing company, expanding at a rate of 15-20% per year. As we continue to grow, new opportunities for advancement are constantly emerging. Our commitment to growth is reflected in our culture, which fosters development and progress for both the company and our employees.

Can you describe your performance review process?

We conduct monthly, quarterly, and yearly reviews to discuss your progress and identify opportunities for improvement to help you achieve your goals.

What type of safety training is required?


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

Our mentors are paired with experienced technicians who understand our culture and are dedicated to teaching them about cars and best practices. While you can learn a lot about this industry through classes or reading books, hands-on experience and learning best practices are essential for professional growth.

How does your shop get involved with the local community?

We receive much from our community, and it's our responsibility to give back to our local community. We constantly collaborate with different organizations to give them financial and thorough support.

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

We collaborate with CCBC to recruit apprentice auto mechanics, pairing them with our experienced mechanics for hands-on training on their non-school days. We cover their tuition costs and assist in purchasing tools.

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

We begin with a brief phone call to understand the applicant's goals and assess if there is a mutual fit. Following this, we schedule an in-person interview with the manager, providing an opportunity to tour the shop and discuss our company culture and work environment in greater detail.

What do your in-person interviews entail?

Touring the shop, identifying your career goals, and exploring growth opportunities.

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


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?

Less than 48 Hours

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

Less than 1 Week

Apprentice Pay Range: $15.50 - $16.50/hour

As an apprentice, you learn how to become the best mechanic through training. We will them over you up to a progressive pay plan

Auto Mechanic Pay Range: $85,000.00 - $165,000.00/year

You seek an opportunity for financial growth, and our pay structure is designed to help you achieve that. Demonstrate your value, and we will reward you accordingly. We are committed to your professional development and unwavering in our support of your success.

Health Insurance Offered
Yes, we pay for your health benefits
Dental Insurance Offered
Yes, We have a Dental Plan
Vision Insurance Not Offered
Retirement Plan Offered
We offer a 401k plan with matching contributions, along with a profit-sharing plan that provides additional funds for your 401k. This is a significant benefit designed to secure your financial future. Our plan is unparalleled in the independent auto repair industry, offering the best support for your long-term financial success.
Sick Leave Offered
Sick leave is included in your earned PTO (Paid Time Off)
Vacation Not Offered
1 Week, 2 Weeks, 3 Weeks, and 4 Weeks pay based on time with our company
Paid Holidays Offered
Yes, 6 paid holidays in addition to the PTO.
ST / LT Disability Offered
We have, and the company pays for it, it does not come out of your pocket
Life Insurance Not Offered
We provide a minimum of $50,000 in life insurance, with the option to increase your coverage.
Uniforms Offered
Yes, we pay for uniforms
Other Not Offered

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