South Platte Auto Center - Technician Jobs in Sterling, CO

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  • Front of property
  • Pulling competition
  • Customer Waiting Area
  • Service Desk
  • Tech Desk
  • Second Shop
  • Second Shop
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  • Main Shop

Under The Hood

Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

Shop is heated but not air conditioned.

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

There are 2 Service Writers, 5 other Auto Technicians, 1 Parts Professional, an Office Manager and the owner, who is an ASE Certified mechanic himself.

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

The shop is open 7:30 am - 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. Expect 5 hours of overtime per week.

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

Specialty tools, scan tools, computers, OE scan tools for the big 3 US auto makers.

What type of break room facility is provided?

There's not a specified break room, but there's a refrigerator and microwave.

How many bays does your shop have?

There are 15 bays, 8 with fixed hoists and 1 with a portable hoist.

How many repair orders do you average per month?


What is your parts ordering process?

Once techs determine what's needed for each job, they give their lists to the Parts Professional who orders from the local parts suppliers as well as dealers. Our shop system also has the capability of ordering online from the local suppliers so that techs have the potential to order their own parts.

What is your policy on side work?

It's fine as long as it is not during business hours and doesn't use South Platte Auto Center's facilities or tools.

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

We do a lot of fleet work including DOT inspections. We also do a lot of diesel performance work. In fact, we have two sled pulling trucks that we use in competitions to boost awareness of our specialty.

Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

Occasionally, dealers will put on training seminars that employees are encouraged to attend.

Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

We are too small of an organization to offer advancement opportunities. We will help to try and advance a techs career when it comes to their skill set

Can you describe your performance review process?

Annual performance reviews are performed on or around each employee's anniversary date.

What type of safety training is required?

None required.

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

Experienced Techs and Owner are available as needed for questions and guidance. We may also be able to work side by side when time permits with some repairs

How does your shop get involved with the local community?

We sponsor booster programs for schools, churches, and the local junior college as well as sponsor the annual auto show by the local car club.

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

Only when invited to speak.

Where do you see the shop in five years?

Still leading the community in quality automotive and diesel repair services.

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

There is a basic application form that takes about 10 minutes to complete.

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


What do your in-person interviews entail?

A quick review of the application, and then discussion of education, prior experience, and expectations.

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

No to all

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

No. Skill assessment is done through the interview process

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

1 week.

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

1 week.

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: $38.00 - $50.00/hour

Starting pay based on level of experience. Master ASE certified Can work independently Highly organized and efficient Supremely professional Must have own hand tools

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: $25.00 - $38.00/hour

Starting pay based on level of experience. Some ASE Certification Requires little help from co-workers/supervisor Proficient at verifying complaints Skilled at diagnostics and problem-solving Must have own hand tools

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: $19.00 - $25.00/hour

Starting pay based on level of experience. No ASE Certification Often requires help from co-workers/supervisor Still learning to verify complaints and how to use diagnostics resources Must have own hand tools

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: $19.00 - $24.00/hour

Hours are 7:00 am - 5:30 pm Mon - Fri, so expect 7.5 hours of OT per week. Bonuses offered if certain production goals are met. Requires customer service experience; knowledge of autos and diesels to discuss vehicles with authority; good personal organization skills; and strong computer skills. Must be be punctual, reliable and trustworthy.

Health Insurance Offered
Group health insurance is available through Anthem after 60 days. The Company pays 100% of employee premiums and 50% of dependent premiums.
Dental Insurance Offered
Group dental insurance is available through Anthem after 60 days. The Company pays 100% of employee premiums and 50% of dependent premiums.
Vision Insurance Not Offered
Retirement Plan Not Offered
Sick Leave Not Offered
We offer PTO (paid time off) which covers both sick and vacation leave. PTO is accrued with each hour worked amounting to 48 hours for years 1 and 2, 96 hours for years 3, 4 and 5, and 144 hours after 6 years.
Vacation Offered
We offer PTO (paid time off) which covers both vacation and sick leave. PTO is accrued with each hour worked amounting to 48 hours for years 1 and 2, 96 hours for years 3, 4 and 5, and 144 hours after 6 years.
Paid Holidays Offered
We offer the following paid Holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. There may also be occasional floating holidays as determined by the owner.
ST / LT Disability Offered
Various AFLAC policies are available, but the premiums are paid by the employee via payroll deduction.
Life Insurance Not Offered
Uniforms Offered
Rental uniforms are provided after the first 30 days to Service Technicians. The rental and cleaning fees are paid by the Company.
Other Offered
Parts discounts for the employee's immediate family. ASE Testing - the Company will pay for the tests and out of town travel to/from testing.