Kacal's Auto & Truck Service - Technician Jobs in Houston, TX

About Us

Kacal's is looking for qualified team members to help us provide superior automotive & Truck repair with first class customer service. Since 1949, we’ve been providing our friends and neighbors in Houston, Houston, Texas, Third Ward, Texas, and the entire Harris area with dependable, trustworthy auto repairs. We use the most current diagnostic equipment available, allowing us to quickly uncover the problem and begin working on the solution to serve our clients. With countless five-star reviews, we are proud of our reputation as one of the Houston area’s most trustworthy auto repair shops. Consider joining our team!

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Under The Hood

Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

We have cooler fans and open shop doors to create a comfortable environment. Heaters are available if ever needed.

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

There are 5 auto techs and 5 diesel techs.

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

Sop hours are Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm, and shift timeframes would be 8am-5pm. No weekends!

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

All latest scan tools provided; alignment machine; wheel balancer; flushing equipment; heavy tools.

What type of break room facility is provided?

There is a comfortable break room that sits 12 people, includes a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, table, and chairs.

How many bays does your shop have?

About 30

How many repair orders do you average per month?

Over 400

What is your parts ordering process?

We have 2 full-time Parts staff. Usually parts are available in our inventory, but if not, it will be delivered within the hour.

What is your policy on side work?

As long as it doesn't interfere with regular work, it can be requested on a case-by-case basis with management.

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

Our work environment is all about our team and supporting the community! We: -Celebrate birthdays on a monthly basis -Host an annual Christmas event for all employees (a party and Christmas bonuses!) -Plan quarterly outdoor activities like football games, baseball games, fishing, etc. -Support free annual car care clinic events for women, "Lipsticks & Dipsticks"

Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

We partner with NAPA to send techs to training, which is highly encouraged. Techs are rewarded with bonuses if they get 10 trainings hours/quarter (40 hours/year). There is also a staff trainer who conducts monthly trainings, helping groups or individuals with skill building. We will pay for ASE certifications if passed.

Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

We love to promote from within! Many of our techs have moved up in their careers with us. We encourage techs to become team leads, if interested, and offer career opportunities as they come.

Can you describe your performance review process?

We look at clock vs billable hours and have a difference goal, which is measured weekly. These metrics are shared regularly, and bonuses will be paid based on them.

What type of safety training is required?

There are monthly safety meetings. The shop manager will help point out safety concerns and address these with staff as a group.

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

The auto & truck shop both have a Lead Tech in these departments, to help mentor and coach younger/new techs. The Lead is paid for the performance of techs under them.

How does your shop get involved with the local community?

Kacal's is proud to give back to the local community. Our owner is part of the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, volunteers at local livestock rodeos, is a committee member in the National Association of Minority Contractors, and a member of Houston Business Development, Inc.

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

We love working with community college students, encouraging them to enter the field. We have done a lot of work with students from UTI as well.

Where do you see the shop in five years?

We hope our shop has doubled in size of our client base and revenue!

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

There is an online application that takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

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

Yes, we phone screen to ensure the candidate meets basic requirements.

What do your in-person interviews entail?

The in-person interview will be a meeting with the owner, shop manager, and store manager. This serves to find out more about the candidate's work experience, personality, and background. There will also be a background and reference check.

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

We performs background checks and reference checks on each candidate. There may be random drug screenings conducted.

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

A verbal skill assessment is done during the interview. There is also a written skills test, which is a questionnaire with diagrams, and will also help see how the candidate performs under pressure.

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

ASAP! We will try to make an offer on the spot right after the interview, if possible.

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

ASAP - this usually takes only a few days.

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: $73,000 - $110,000/year ($35.10 - $52.88/hr)

$35-50/hour; flat rate. A Level Technicians are expected to perform more advanced inspection, testing and service procedures with no assistance on all applications.

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: $63,000 - $73,000/year ($30.29 - $35.10/hr)

$30-35/hour; flat rate. B Level Technicians are expected to perform service and repair procedures with little to no assistance on most applications.

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: $52,000 - $64,000/year ($25.00 - $30.77/hr)

$25-30/hour; flat rate. C Level Technicians are expected to perform basic, routine service and procedures with assistance.

Lube Technician
Lube Technicians are entry level technicians that focus on routine maintenance such as oil changes, changing tires, and inspections.
Pay Range: $32,000 - $35,000/year ($15.38 - $16.83/hr)

$15 per hour; paid hourly.

Health Insurance Offered
Provider: Blue Cross Blue Shield Effective after 60 days of employment
Dental Insurance Offered
Offered at a discounted rate to employees
Vision Insurance Offered
Offered at a discounted rate to employees
Retirement Plan Offered
401k provided with employer match
Sick Leave Offered
Sick leave will be included in time off (see vacation below)
Vacation Offered
1 week of time off after 1 year 2 weeks of time off after 2 years 3 weeks of time off after 5 years 4 weeks of time off after 10 years
Paid Holidays Offered
There are 7 paid holidays provided, including: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
ST / LT Disability Offered
Available if employees is interested.
Life Insurance Offered
Available if employees is interested.
Uniforms Offered
11 uniforms are provided; $10/week for laundering
Other Offered
- Employee discounts - Customer referral incentives - Reimbursement for past ASE certifications -10 hours/training per quarter = bonuses! - Opportunities to attend local sporting events

Shop Talk

Owner Mike explains the perks of working at Kacal's

Our owner, Mike, gives an update about the exciting things that happened in November

Let hear what our employees are thinking about us!

Let hear what our employees are thinking about us!

Mike Kacal is president of Kacal's Auto & Truck Service.