JoCo Auto Repair - Technician Jobs in Shawnee, KS

About Us

Jo Co Auto Repair has been in business for over 40 years. I am currently running the shop for my 20th year as the 3rd owner. I am always a technician 1st. It's all I have ever done. I continue to grow and learn every single day. Jo Co Auto Repair has earned a solid reputation for honest, reliable repairs and maintenance. Our customers trust us to take care of the vehicles that take care of their families. We do not take that trust and partnership lightly. If you are looking for an employer who respects your talent, who shares your passion, and who is not afraid to reward its employees for their hard work, you have found it. This is not an easy way to make a living! However, it is a lot easier in a shop where laughter is often heard, attitudes remain positive, and egos do not constantly get in the way. I constantly tell my guys that the shop culture is up to each and every one of us. When mistakes are made, and they will be made, we all learn and we take care of the problems, not the blame.

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  • West side!
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  • NW
  • Tilted!
  • West
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  • Fairlane
  • The Front
  • The Crew
  • Owner West Side.
  • Front door
  • Service desk
  • Lobby
  • Behind desk
  • Break room
  • Rainbow
  • M3
  • VW
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Under The Hood

Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

Yes, heated and air conditioned!

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

Right now we have 9 employees including the owner.

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

8 to 5:30 Monday - Friday. We have a morning meeting at 7:45 and the technicians work until 5. Weekends off!

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

We have Snap On Zeus, Autel, AE Tools Factory lap top with OE Ford, Chrysler, and GM, BG flush and service centers, Hunter alignment with scissors lift, welder, plasma cutter, exhaust bender, Hot Flush machine, too many hand tools and specialty tool kits to list. I am a bit of a tool freak so if we need it I buy it. I am a firm believer in having the right tool to get the job done right.

What type of break room facility is provided?

We have a breakroom with private employee restroom, a refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, griddle (the owner is known to make pancakes for the crew often), a table with chairs, and a TV with cable.

How many bays does your shop have?

12 bays, 1 is reserved for tire work, tools, and supplies.

How many repair orders do you average per month?

300-350

What is your parts ordering process?

We use Shop4D operating system. The technician inspects the vehicle, writes the job and labor, includes parts request. The service advisors source and estimate the parts and sell all work.

What is your policy on side work?

Employees are allowed to work on personal and immediate family cars on their own time.

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

We have a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Our clients are awesome. We have built a solid reputation and stay extremely busy. Our technicians get paid lunch every Friday and every other Wednesday with a training session. We have a fantastic chiropractor that comes to the shop every 2 weeks to adjust our technicians paid for by the shop.

Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

We will pay for training classes. We have a paid lunch training program every other week. We will reimburse technicians for passed certification tests.

Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

As an independent repair shop, employees have the opportunity to learn and grow as technicians. Opportunities exist for Shop Foreman and management positions. One of our Service Advisors started with the business as a lube technician. we love to train and promote from within.

Can you describe your performance review process?

Our software continually monitors performance, not to punish our employees. It is meant to help you identify and improve. Occasionally management will review the information and address any issues.

What type of safety training is required?

Safety training is integrated with our every other week training program.

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

We have a culture of learning and growing. Technicians are encouraged to ask for help and also to give help when needed. We all have strong skills in some areas and weaker skills in others. When mistakes are made or interesting problems are found, we gather the team so we all may learn.

How does your shop get involved with the local community?

We are always looking for ways to grow and support our community. We sponsor local events including an annual car show. We support a local pet charity. We try to give back and support our customers and the charities that are near and dear to them.

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

I just had a lengthy conversation with a local college and look forward to visiting their students and raising awareness about the opportunities in Independent Auto Shops. We have mentored students from the local program. We have invited high school students to observe our technicians and see what a career in the auto fiel really looks like.

Where do you see the shop in five years?

I see the shop continuing to grow. I see our technicians learning and improving. I see new, young technicians entering the field. I see opportunities for more locations as new talent is brought on.

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

If you find yourself struggling with the dealer or shop you are currently working at, get out and find a different place that is a better fit for you. Don't leave the field because of a bad experience. Most of what I have learned about a good employer has come from working for horrible employers.

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

Yes, the application can be filled out in roughly 15 minutes.

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

It all depends. I am open to what an applicant feels comfortable with.

What do your in-person interviews entail?

I try to get to know the applicant. I try to find out what the abilities are, what kind of work is a favorite and what is not. I like to know what expectations are.

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

Yes

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

No

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

24 - 48 hours

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

Less than a week usually.

Is there anything else you’d like to mention about your hiring process?

I don't bite!

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: $80,000 - $150,000/year

Accurately diagnose and pinpoint all types of mechanical, electrical, and auto IT problems. Ability to understand complex systems, figure out how they work, and why they don't. Ideal A tech will be willing to lead and teach other technicians and bring them along in their careers. Willing to put in the work and training to stay up to date with new systems and technology.

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: $60,000 - $90,000/year

Independently inspect and repair all vehicle systems. Ability to understand and diagnose basic electrical and computer problems. Must be able to make quality repairs in a timely manner with minimal customer complaints and returns.

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 - $65,000/year

Independently inspect and repair most vehicle systems. Must be able to make quality repairs with minimal customer complaints and returns. Must be able to learn from the other techs as well as from the various training and information platforms available. Willing to put in the work and training to become a B tech.

Lube Technician
Lube Technicians are entry level technicians that focus on routine maintenance such as oil changes, changing tires, and inspections.
Pay Range: $35,000 - $55,000/year

Must be able to do quality basic inspections of all vehicle systems. Must be able to use the computer and software to identify maintenance recommendations, fluids, capacities, and service reset information. Must be able to follow directions and be diligent about rechecking ones own work. Willing to put in the work and training to become a C tech.

Student Tech / Apprentice
Student technicians work on entry level tasks while completing their school programs.
Pay Range: $12 - $15/hour

Must be ready to work. Must be willing to clean. Must be willing to earn the trust needed to begin learning the basics of auto service and repair. Must be reliable and have good communication.

Health Insurance Offered
More information will be available further in the hiring process.
Dental Insurance Offered
More information will be available further in the hiring process.
Vision Insurance Offered
More information will be available further in the hiring process.
Retirement Plan Offered
Simple IRA with employer match is available.
Sick Leave Not Offered
Vacation Offered
1 week paid after 1 year. 2 weeks after 2 years.
Paid Holidays Offered
Major holidays are paid.
ST / LT Disability Not Offered
Life Insurance Not Offered
Uniforms Offered
Paid uniforms.
Other Not Offered
Paid training. Paid ASE certification. Paid on site chiropractor every 2 weeks. Lunch provided every Friday.

Shop Talk

Our shop owner, Alan Heriford, discusses technician mentorship here at JoCo Auto Repair.