Lightning Auto Care Center - Technician Jobs in Schofield, WI

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  • Yes, we work on the old ones too!
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  • Used car center
  • Lightning Auto Care Center shop photo
  • Our clean and inviting waiting area
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  • Business Expo at the local tech school
  • Custom exhaust featured here
  • Top of the line alignement machine
  • Diagnostic Center
  • We are well equipped!
  • The vehicles we work on is very diverse
  • We do everything tires too!

Under The Hood

Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

The shop is heated, but not air conditioned. We do have air conditioned break room and office area.

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

Small. Typically 4-6 people

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

It's Monday through Friday (NO WEEKENDS!!!) 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Technicians will typically work 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. But, hours can be flexible, especially if there's the work.

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

We provide most to all of the diagnostic equipment (up to date scan tools, computers, lap tops, fuel and ignition testing equipment), maintenance machines (coolant flush, transmission flush, etc) and also some specialty tools required for the more complicated jobs. For the entry level technicians, though we prefer them to have an assortment of tools, we do have a selection of basic tools they can use for oil changes and inspections.

What type of break room facility is provided?

Newly remodeled. Clean and comfortable. Seats 4-5 comfortably. Typically technicians do not take their breaks at the same time, so it's never crowded. There's even a TV!

How many bays does your shop have?

6 bays, 7 lifts. One lube rack, 4 regular service bays, one outside lift, one alignment rack

How many repair orders do you average per month?

As many as we can accommodate. Average is 150-200

What is your parts ordering process?

A verbal/writeen communication from the tech to the service manager or writer. The service manager/writer handles the parts ordering and will deliver parts to the technician.

What is your policy on side work?

Unless it's authorized by the shop, it's company policy that moonlighting is not acceptable. We also will not tolerate using shop time and/or equipment to inspect friends/family of technician's vehicles so they can do the repairs on the side.

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

It's a relaxed but fast paced environment. We work within a team to accomplish one goal. There isn't a competition within our group

Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

Yes we do. There are several training classes that go on throughout the year that we send techs to free of charge. This includes both skills and equipment training. And compenstated ASE certifications

Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

There's always room for advancement. From going from a shop cleaner to a tech, from an entry level tech to lead tech, from a tech to a service manager. We've had all of it. The limitation is in the technician's ambition.

Can you describe your performance review process?

It's a simple 30 minute sit down, face to face review, where the tech's performance and progress are evaluated. The technician's pay compensation is also discussed at this time.

What type of safety training is required?

We don't mandate safety training. But we do have company policies in place, such as, safety glasses, steel toe boots, ear protection, etc.

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

It is typically one on one and step by step. We let the younger techs try to figure things out by themselves (trial and error process) when time allows, but there is always someone available with experience to help guide them. We work as a team.

How does your shop get involved with the local community?

We are involved in with many charities, donations and (usually) church organizations. We have done lubeathons for charity in the past. Since COVID-19, we have reached out to the most vulnerable and offered our services that aren't even automotive related, such as, getting the them groceries and supplies.

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

We try to. We have reached out to the tech schools mostly. High schools, the interest and programs seem like they're diminishing in this area.

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

We have been serving this community (and their vehicles) for the past 30 years. Our goal is to keep doing it for the next 30 years.

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

Sometimes. If there is a candidate that has an application or resume that stands out, we may call them ahead of scheduling a face to face interview.

What do your in-person interviews entail?

We want to know about your work experience, skills and qualifications. We want to know about you as a person because you'll be working with a small group of people that we call a team. We also want to know strengths and weaknesses as that helps us to know where to fit you in the shop and what to expect from you.

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

Typically no. We have and reserve the right to. If a technician gets injured on the job that requires a hospital/emergency room visit, then we will require a drug test at that time.

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

No we don't. We will question a technician on his/her abilities and knowledge, but we have a 30 day probation period after the person gets hired so we can evaluate their performance.

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

Typically within a day or so. Sometimes the right candidate will be hired on the spot.

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

As quickly as we can make it. It takes some review and multiple party decision making, but as a small company there's no HR to have to go through.

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

We don't do anything off the wall. We keep things casual and simple.

A Level Technician Pay Range: $45,000.00 - $62,500.00/year ($21.63 - $30.05/hr)

We pay straight hourly, no flat rate. Bonuses available. Pay range can vary and is all depending on tech's skills and qualifications

B Level Technician Pay Range: $40,000.00 - $50,000.00/year ($19.23 - $24.04/hr)

We pay straight hourly, no flat rate. Bonuses available. Pay range can vary and is all depending on tech's skills and qualifications

C Level Technician Pay Range: $35,000.00 - $45,000.00/year ($16.83 - $21.63/hr)

We pay straight hourly, no flat rate. Bonuses available. Pay range can vary and is all depending on tech's skills and qualifications

Lube Technician Pay Range: $30,000.00 - $40,000.00/year ($14.42 - $19.23/hr)

Pay rate for the lube tech will vary. Lube techs will be doing a good majority of inspections and good inspections lead to more shop productivity which lead to more pay. Lube technicians have the most room for advancement per their own ambition, dedication and willingness to learn.

Student Tech / Apprentice Pay Range: $13.00 - $15.00/hour

Pay is straight hourly

Health Insurance Offered
We have one of the best health insurance programs offered by anyone in the area. 80%/20%, with around $1,500 deductible for a single plan. Our insurance does have family plans available as well and more details for that upon request.
Dental Insurance Not Offered
Vision Insurance Not Offered
Retirement Plan Offered
We offer an employer matched (up to 3%) IRA. Employees are free to put in any amount they choose.
Sick Leave Not Offered
Accrued over time
Vacation Offered
Paid vacation. This starts at 1 paid week after 1 year of employment.
Paid Holidays Offered
Any holidays that land on a normal work day are paid (Christmas, New Years, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, etc. Days that are NOT paid would be any additional day off following a holiday, such as 'Black Friday'.
ST / LT Disability Offered
As part of our health insurance program
Life Insurance Offered
We do have a flexible life insurance benefit offered. More details on that upon request
Uniforms Offered
Uniforms, jackets and hats provided, along with shop rags, floor mats and fender covers
Other Offered
Only working Monday - Friday until 5:00 PM. NO NIGHTS OR WEEKENDS. For the techs that want additional, we have a tow business as well where there's opportunity for additional work/pay.

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