Premier Cooperative - Technician Jobs in Mount Horeb, WI

About Us

Premier Cooperative is an agriculture and consumer supply business, dedicated to providing its members/owners with the products and services they desire. As a cooperative, Premier Cooperative returns its profits each year to its members based on the amount of business (patronage) each member does with the company. Established in 1893 as Patrons’ Mercantile Cooperative, Black Earth, Premier is recognized as the oldest consumer and farm supply cooperative in the United States. The automotive and truck centers keep our transports fleet of over 600 vehicles on the road serving our retail members. The shop is located in Mt. Horeb, WI and features a quality, friendly, work environment with up to date equipment including a renovated shop with wireless mobile truck lifts.

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Under The Hood

Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

The shop is heated. Well ventilated in the summer.

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

There is a shop manager, service writer, 3 automotive technicians, 3 diesel technicians. 2 tire technicians. This in in addition to interns. There is an office manager.

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

Shop is open from 7:30-5 week days and 7:30-12 Saturday. Shifts are 8-9 hours long.

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

Computer and scan tools. Specialty tools. 3/4 and larger impacts.

What type of break room facility is provided?

Large space with full kitchen including oven, microwave and refrigerator. Fully stocked with kitchen supplies.

How many bays does your shop have?

Automotive side has 6 bays. Large truck has 6 truck. 1 tire bay.

How many repair orders do you average per month?

There is enough work to keep all technicians gainfully employed. The shop has opportunity to grow with more techs.

What is your parts ordering process?

Every technician orders their own parts. There is not a parts employee at staff.

What is your policy on side work?

No side work during business hours but otherwise acceptable.

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

Wireless mobile rolling lifts are available. In addition to a 30,000lb and 20,000lb drive on lift.

Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

Yes, always promoting continuing education and approved classes are paid for by the company.

Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

We always look to promote from within. Growth can be by retirement or growing skill set.

Can you describe your performance review process?

Annual performance review with merit discussion. Daily conversation and interaction with mangers.

What type of safety training is required?

Forklift certification is required and provided by the company. Expectation to work safely and in compliance following all PPE.

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

Job shadow type program with opportunity to work on own once trained. There is a verity of technicians with different skill sets for consultation.

How does your shop get involved with the local community?

Local volunteer opportunities and local customer base.

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

Yes, career fairs and contact with school counselors.

Where do you see the shop in five years?

Continued growth and success with strong bottom line. We envision retaining current staff and recruiting additional co-workers.

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

Strong tenure of employees ranging from 2 years to 30 years.

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

Yes. 5-15 minutes depending on the detail provided.

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

No

What do your in-person interviews entail?

Discussion to get to know each other better allowing time for all to ask questions.

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

Drug testing upon hire with condition of employment.

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?

With in the week.

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

1 week or more depending on candidates timeline.

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 - $100,000/year

Set hourly rate with bonus incentives

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 - $80,000/year

Set hourly rate with bonus incentives

Student Tech / Apprentice
Student technicians work on entry level tasks while completing their school programs.
Pay Range: $14 - $18/hour

Set hourly rate with tuition options.

Health Insurance Offered
Blue Cross Blue Shield with 4 different plan choices to stay competitive. Plans include a PPO, HSA, HRA and the company contributes significant funds. Employee, Employee Spouse, Employee Child/children and Family options.
Dental Insurance Offered
Delta Dental is offered. Cleanings covered 100%, basic 80% and more advanced 50%. Employee, Employee +1 and Family options.
Vision Insurance Offered
VSP option.
Retirement Plan Offered
401K plan through Lincoln Financial. 100% on the first 3% the employee contributes and 50% on the next 2% the employee contributes.
Sick Leave Not Offered
Vacation Offered
Employee accrues PTO on each check based on level of service. PTO starts to accrue on first check.
Paid Holidays Offered
6 major holidays are paid days off.
ST / LT Disability Offered
Company sponsors short term and long term disability. Short term kicks in after 7 days of medically related need to miss work.
Life Insurance Offered
Company sponsors $50,000 life insurance policy.
Uniforms Offered
Company sponsors uniforms through Cintas.
Other Not Offered

Shop Talk

Tom Paulson, our Heavy Duty Diesel Shop Supervisor, discusses technician recognition and has an employee join him for a special shout out!