Momentum BMW - Technician Jobs in Houston, TX

About Us

Our Story: Sonic Automotive operates franchised dealerships and EchoPark pre-owned dealerships coast-to-coast. We also represent over 20 different automotive brands with the majority of our dealerships being luxury and import brands. We are an industry-leading automotive retailer committed to providing our guests and teammates with an experience unmatched by our competitors. Our Purpose: To deliver the best experience in our industry for our guests and Teammates. Fulfilling dreams, enriching lives, Delivering happiness. Our Teammates are happy to work here because: -We have beautiful facilities designed to provide our team and guests with a welcoming and comfortable environment. -Our Talent Acquisition and Talent Management Teams have won multiple Brandon Hall Awards, including Gold Awards -We are committed to developing and promoting within the company -We use technology to provide a transparent and seamless process for our teammates and guests - most jobs use IPads or IPhones that we provide -Our Benefits are extremely competitive with Medical, Dental, Vision, HSA, a 401k match and competitive vacation -We encourage teamwork, cross-funtional interaction and recognition on an on-going basis If you want to find out more about the types of jobs we have here, we've highlighted a few. We're proud of what we're doing here. Come and join us!

Photos

  • Service drive in action selling CP and making customers happy.
  • Service drive full.  We are the only dealer in Houston that offers "Free" oil top offs.  We also do air and water and customers never have to leave their car.
  • Greeting customers at the car is how we make them happy.
  • Pre Delivery Inspections prior to the sale.  Getting them ready for our customers new purchase.
  • Back shop parts counter.  We have electronic estimates, state of the art pictures and videos for our customers.  Parts delivered to your work area with minimum wait times.
  • Fast lane is how we get cars in and out quickly and make happy customers.
  • 3 million dollars in parts.  Second largest in store inventory in the nation.  The part you need we will have it and not have to wait to order it.
  • All we can say is "M3" no other words need describe this photo.
  • Loaner fleet- 168 loaner cars to help our customers get their cars fixed and not have transportation.
  • Giant waiting room and amenities galore.  Customers love coming to our store and waiting for their vehicle to get repaired.
  • In house BDC - Business development center we want to make sure every call is answered and attended to.
Our BDC handles Roadside, Teleservice, Recalls and much much more.

Under The Hood

Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

Yes 100% air conditioned and heated. Also have 9 HUGE industrial ceiling fans.

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

Generally an average size is anywhere from 4-7 people per team. Working in a shop with 65 technicians.

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

Shop hours are 7am until 7pm Monday through Friday and 8am until 4pm on Saturdays. Technicians hours are flexible depending upon team you are on. 7-4 or 8-5 or 9-6 or 10-7 Saturday rotations again vary based on the team you are working on.

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

Large and small tool room for specialty tools as well as specialty equipment. All BMW and MINI manufacture required tools are provided.

What type of break room facility is provided?

Two very large break rooms maintained and cleaned hourly both with ice machines and cold water machine, refrigerator's cleaned every Saturday, Coffee and Tea readily available, plasticware and condiments also available. Three microwaves and vending machines in each room. Large screen television with cable channels. Each break room can accommodate 40 people

How many bays does your shop have?

82 Lifts, 4 programming bays, 5 flat stalls, 2 state inspection bays, 3 Hunter alignment machines,

How many repair orders do you average per month?

Average 3,100 per month with approximately 55% of that being customer pay

What is your parts ordering process?

Online request submitted through our management system. Parts are then pulled and delivered to your stall.

What is your policy on side work?

You are able to work on your personal vehicles with an open repair order and management approved signature.

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

New facility is 250,000 sq. feet. We promote from within. We also pay all vacation and training at 1/52 last years total income rate.

Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

In addition to factory specific training, we offer tuition assistance to our teammates and their family through Bellevue University.

Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

We look to promote from within whenever possible. We have developed an apprenticeship program for technicians that are new to the business.

Can you describe your performance review process?

We perform annual performance reviews.

What type of safety training is required?

Online safety training as well as facility inspections are performed by our corporate Risk Management team.

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

The apprenticeship program offers a structured path to achieve knowledge and certification. Apprentice technicians are typically paired with a Master level technician who will follow a timeline to prepare the apprentice for success.

How does your shop get involved with the local community?

Community involvement is a core belief at Sonic Automotive. Our stores are encouraged to be involved with the communities they serve.

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

As a company, Sonic Automotive works with as many local high schools and technical schools as possible to promote a career in automotive repair. This includes sponsoring classrooms, doing lunch and learns, speaking with students and parents at open houses, and participating in career fairs.

Where do you see the shop in five years?

Continuous growth and thriving to grow year over year. We were Center of Excellence in 2021 and want to continue at that pace.

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

Our Talent Development and Training teams have earned many awards and accolades including being inducted in Training Magazine's Hall of Fame

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

We have an online application process that is very user friendly and should only take a few minutes to complete. In some cases, depending on which state you apply in, at the time of an interview we have the applicant complete an additional paper form.

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

We usually perform a quick phone screening prior to scheduling an interview.

What do your in-person interviews entail?

The in person interview usually consists of 1-2 dealership associates conducting the interview. During both the phone interview and in-person interview the candidate is given an opportunity to ask any questions that they may have about the job, our benefits, and company culture.

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

We do perform background and drug tests on all applicants. A reasonably clean driving record is required. we do employ an online assessment as a tool to get to know the candidate more than just what is on their resume.

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

No, skills are assessed through the discovery process during the interviews

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

That depends on the quantity of applicants, but our goal is to give candidate feedback on their candidacy in a timely manner.

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

Once a hiring decision has been made the process takes roughly 5 business days on average to complete the drug and background checks.

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

The process may be different depending on the position you are applying for

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: $82,640 - $168,785/year ($39.73 - $81.15/hr)

Online and instructor led Training and vacation is paid out at 1/52 rate of average previous year pay. Longevity bonus is paid out December 15th yearly, based on scaled tenure and hours flagged for a12 month period. Team leader bonuses available as well based on position. Tuition reimbursement for eligible schools, programs and courses. Relocation assistance expenses available on case by case basis.

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: $51,785 - $94,360/year ($24.90 - $45.37/hr)

Online and instructor led Training and vacation is paid out at 1/52 rate of average previous year pay. Longevity bonus is paid out December 15th yearly, based on scaled tenure and hours flagged for a12 month period. Team leader bonuses available as well based on position. Tuition reimbursement for eligible schools, programs and courses. Relocation assistance expenses available on case by case basis.

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: $40,102 - $56,782/year ($19.28 - $27.30/hr)

Online and instructor led Training and vacation is paid out at 1/52 rate of average previous year pay. Longevity bonus is paid out December 15th yearly, based on scaled tenure and hours flagged for a12 month period. Tuition reimbursement for eligible schools, programs and courses. Relocation assistance expenses available on case by case basis.

Lube Technician
Lube Technicians are entry level technicians that focus on routine maintenance such as oil changes, changing tires, and inspections.
Pay Range: $40,557 - $81,768/year ($19.50 - $39.31/hr)

Online and instructor led Training and vacation is paid out at 1/52 rate of average previous year pay. Longevity bonus is paid out December 15th yearly, based on scaled tenure and hours flagged for a12 month period. Tuition reimbursement for eligible schools, programs and courses. Relocation assistance expenses available on case by case basis.

Service Advisor
Service Advisors are primarily customer focused and, as one of the faces of the shop, they are critical in keeping customers happy. Service Advisors are frequently focused on taking customer calls, relaying information to technicians, and selling repair jobs. Both technical and sales experience are helpful for this position.
Pay Range: $92,061 - $223,930/year ($44.26 - $107.66/hr)

We have an extensive 60 day training program for advisors. This training must be completed and signed off on by Fixed Operations Director with or without prior advisor experience. $8,000.00 in additional bonuses available for spiffs nd contest for the team. Factory and Vendor additional incentives also available on a monthly basis for contest. Online and instructor led Training and vacation is paid out at 1/52 rate of average previous year pay.

Service Manager
Service Managers are responsible for management and overall health of the shop. Service Managers are typically focused on running an efficient shop that meets their financial goals. Other responsibilities can include staffing, performance evaluations, and financial analysis amongst many other responsibilities.
Pay Range: $121,430 - $166,782/year ($58.38 - $80.18/hr)

Weekly night management course instructor led by Fixed Operations Director. This must be completed as ongoing service manager training. Some of the topics include extensive KPI's, Guides and measurement tools, CSI, Length on loaner cars, CSI integrity, Sonic Playbook, Exceptional customer service, Managing your department, Reading and understanding a Financial Statement, Etc. and the list goes on. You will get some boots on the ground training.

Student Tech / Apprentice
Student technicians work on entry level tasks while completing their school programs.
Pay Range: $32,955 - $35,905/hour

Online and instructor led Training and vacation is paid out at 1/52 rate of average previous year pay. Longevity bonus is paid out December 15th yearly, based on scaled tenure and hours flagged for a12 month period. Tuition reimbursement for eligible schools, programs and courses. Relocation assistance expenses available on case by case basis. 15% CSI Bonus is also included in pay plan / not a deduction like other stores.

Collision Technician - A Level Pay Range: $120,000 - $160,000/year ($57.69 - $76.92/hr)

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Collision Technician - B Level Pay Range: $70,000 - $90,000/year ($33.65 - $43.27/hr)

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Collision Painter Pay Range: $50,000 - $80,000/year ($24.04 - $38.46/hr)

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Collision Prepper Pay Range: $30,000 - $42,000/year ($14.42 - $20.19/hr)

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Health Insurance Offered
Provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. 3 different plans to choose from. After one year of employment our Value plan is offered to technicians at no charge.
Dental Insurance Offered
3 different plans to choose from. Provider is Met Dental
Vision Insurance Offered
Coverage provided by VSP
Retirement Plan Offered
401k with a portion matched by the company. Fully vested after 5 years of employment.
Sick Leave Offered
Follows state guidelines
Vacation Offered
Earned on an accrual basis with a maximum earned time of 160 hours.
Paid Holidays Offered
Paid Holidays include: New Years Day Memorial Day 4th of July Labor Day Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day
ST / LT Disability Offered
Offered
Life Insurance Offered
Offered
Uniforms Offered
Uniforms rentals are provided at no charge
Other Offered
Ability to Purchase Company Stock through paycheck! Tuition Assistance for Employees and Family!! Health Savings Account! Many Partner Perks!

Shop Talk

As a WrenchWay Top Shop, we are committed to promoting and improving technician careers!

Do you have a military vet in your shop that you'd like to give a shoutout to?

Left to Right : Gilbert Arcos USMC, Michael Argumedo US Army, Armando Davilla US Army, Leo Rodriguez USMC, Trey Kostyak US Navy, Sipriano Cruz US Army, Edgar Cruz USMC All are Master Techs / Shop Foreman

Technician Spotlight: Luis Azzam