Thermo King West - Technician Jobs in Tolleson, AZ

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  • Front entrance to our Phoenix/Tolleson headquarters for Thermo King West and Utility Crane & Equipment
  • Trucks waiting for service
  • Main entrance and front Parts Counter at company headquarters in Tolleson, AZ
  • A "slightly customized" refrigeration unit designed for the Arizona market!
  • When we opened our current campus, ASU's Sparky made a surprise visit!
  • Trailer Repair work by Esteban
  • Trailer Report work by Mario
  • If you are a tech with a tool box matching a customer's truck, you usually want to point it out!
  • Every now and then we get a custom request. One of our east coast technicians installed a Thermo King refrigeration unit on this old converted beer truck!
  • Inside the Beer Truck, awaiting the kegs!
  • Mobile service truck
  • Installing Thermo King Van units
  • Brandyn preparing shelving for an insulated van
  • A brand new Thermo King refrigeration unit just installed on a new 53-foot trailer
  • Moveable crane used to install the Refrigeration units
  • Almadon finishing up part of a custom installation
  • Professional Tech Andy working on a trailer unit
  • Cesar working on a trailer
  • Gustavo working on a trailer
  • Tristyn working inside a trailer
  • We buy, sell, rent and service TICO yard goats (Cummins diesel)
  • A TICO yard goat truck
  • Versalift Aerial Lifts waiting for assembly on trucks (UCE)
  • Assembling aerial bucket lift trucks (UCE)
  • Angel pulling wire for building an Aerial Bucket Truck. We build them from the Chassis up.
  • Welder Edgar working on a step for the aerial bucket truck
  • Technician José working on wiring and building an aerial bucket truck
  • Brandon testing during installation of a chipper-body for San Francisco
  • Paul doing some custom work
  • David measuring in preparation for mounting the body onto the chassis
  • José doing service work on a customer's truck
  • Jorge servicing a customer's aerial bucket truck
  • We also work on electric vehicles, selling and servicing Club Car, Moke, and others
  • Thermo King techs going out to the back lot
  • A new Thermo King truck installation
  • Two of our eight Thermo King bays in the Phoenix area
  • Our smallest TK unit - a van installation typically used by florist, seafood or produce companies
  • A newly installed trailer refrigeration ("reefer") unit; truck in back is in the middle of an APU (TriPac) installation.
  • A new Precedent S-750i unit
  • Essential tools of the trade in the Transport Refrigeration industry
  • Moving a body for a truck build.
  • Some of the trucks we custom-build
  • Joel installing a Thermo King van unit
  • Almadon installing a Red Dot A/C unit
  • Reyes installing a TriPac APU
  • Fabricating the body before mounting it to a chassis
  • Mounting the lift device to the body
  • Robin and Reyes setting software at the end of a TriPac APU installation
  • Samuel, from our El Paso shop, helping with a TriPac APU installation
  • One of our mobile service trucks
  • Joel running cables for the van refrigeration installation
  • Trailer Repair Department: Replacement of an entire side wall of a refrigerated van
  • Trailer Repair Department: Insulation repair of a breach in the wall of a refrigerated van
  • Thermo King West and UCE Headquarters in Tolleson, AZ
  • José in UCE testing a truck
  • UCE Service Tech Jorge on a customer's truck
  • UCE Service Techs Jorge and José diagnosing a customer's truck
  • TK Techs heading to the back lot
  • Thermo King West shop photo
  • Nathan at UCE fabricating a custom truck
  • Welding a component of a truck
  • Anthony working on a compressor rebuild
  • Thermo King tech Anthony
  • Ismael cleaning a Thermo King truck unit
  • UCE Service Technicians, José and Jorge
  • Working on custom trucks destined for the city of Los Angeles, Joey and Joel
  • Paul fabricating a UCE aerial bucket truck.
  • UCE Truck Body Fabrication
  • Alex, our Service Writer/Advisor.
  • A custom truck built for the city of Los Angeles
  • Cranes ready to installed on custom built trucks
  • Newly built custom trucks
  • Newly built aerial and lift trucks
  • Custom trucks before delivery to customer
  • Moke electric vehicles, we service and sell
  • Club Car brand electric utility carts, we service and sell
  • We build aerial bucket lifts and other such devises on the chassis and body.
  • Thermo King West shop photo
  • Thermo King Van units installed for produce, flowers, seafood deliveries.
  • Thermo King:  The market leader in Auxiliary Power Units (APU): the Tri-Pac
  • Thermo King truck unit
  • Thermo King units keeping food cold while being loaded at a distribution center
  • Our classic market leader in the trailer refrigeration world
  • Break out of the TK "reefer" unit
  • Thermo King "reefer" units
  • Truck with solar panel pulling a TK cooled trailer
  • Stop for a photo and a smile during a van unit installation
  • Van refrigeration installation
  • Almadon testing refrigerant pressures after a van installation
  • Andy working on a 4 cyl. diesel engine removed from the trailer refrigeration unit.
  • Anthony repairing and doing a PM service to a trailer unit
  • Tom O'Reilly, our company trainer, was in El Paso last week doing some tech training. Having a Corporate Trainer is a wonderful gift to our Technicians and our Customers!

Under The Hood

Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

In-bay, shaded shop environment, evaporative cooled and overhead fans. Some heaters but cold weather is usually not an issue in Phoenix.

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

Approximately 20 Thermo King technicians and 10 trailer repair technicians, 18 in the aerial-lift division, among other employees such as service writers, foreman, service managers and many other employees on the property for a total of about 90 in our Phoenix area location.

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

Shop hours: 7 AM - 7 PM Shift 1: 7 AM to 3:30 PM Shift 2: 10:30 AM to 7 PM

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

A/C Machines Vacuum Pumps Refrigerant scales Laptops for service Thermo King Equipment tools: download cables, Controller tester, unit lifting bars, computer programs, etc. Remote controlled 2-ton cranes for installations Tech desk for paperwork completion Benches, ladders, platforms for work on truck and trailer refrigeration units Oxygen and Acetylene torches Wire wheel welder for steel and aluminum Wheel ramps for access to under carriage for vehicle-powered Van installations In the trailer repair area, specialty tools are provided

What type of break room facility is provided?

An air-conditioned room with sink, microwave, refrigerators, vending machines, coffee, hot and cold water, several tables and chairs.

How many bays does your shop have?

On the Thermo King side there are 8, on the Trailer Repair side 7. The Utility Crane side has two large indoor areas for building trucks and servicing them.

How many repair orders do you average per month?

Our Thermo King service averages about 240 per month.

What is your parts ordering process?

If needed on a repair, the technician goes to the back counter parts window and requests them.

What is your policy on side work?

The employee and the supervisor have a conversation about it.

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

Thermo King trailer refrigeration units are easier to service with regard to stressing the body. Much of the work is done standing upright on a platform with the components in front of you.

Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

We offer a six-month Mentorship Program for new hires, and for entry-level we have a four quarter Apprenticeship program with established curriculum and assessments. Thermo King University is a stellar program with required continued education or further certification each year for all technicians.

Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

Thermo King technicians move from Apprentice Service or Installer Tech, to Certified Technician to Professional Technician and on to Master Technician. The majority of this is done within the Thermo King University modular online program, with on-the-job training and mentorship, and some is done at the Thermo King headquarters in Minneapolis.

Can you describe your performance review process?

For Entry-Level Apprentices, there is an assessment each quarter of the accomplishments, growth, and opportunities. This opens up the possibility of getting a raise every quarter within the first year. For all technicians, we have a year-end performance review which is given by the service manager to each technician and looks at: -Job Knowledge / Skill Level / Problem Solving -Productivity -Communication -Safety -Interpersonal Relations / Teamwork / Dependability

What type of safety training is required?

It starts in the employee orientation. Later, the manager or foreman trains each technician individually on areas of safety in the specific area of work. Furthermore, our practice is to have monthly safety meetings covering pertinent topics encountered in the workplace.

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

Our entry-level technicians are mentored by a peer who has proven to be a good listener and a positive employee. Each week, the mentor sits down with the mentee and asks a series of questions about how the week has gone and how the work is going. It enables the mentee to free express any ideas, good experiences, frustrations or to offer a suggestion on how to improve the work process. It is a positive experience for the new hire, in place for the first six months of work.

How does your shop get involved with the local community?

We work with the food banks in our state, supplying them equipment and support. We are also in partnership with Thermo King Corporation offering discounted pricing to those agencies that are doing tremendous work in our community!

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

We have a very good relationship with UTI in Avondale, AZ. We are now wanting to reach out on the high school level.

Where do you see the shop in five years?

We want to see technicians who are empowered to speak about improvements and take ownership in the work they do. We expect to see more technicians each year who, having been mentored, will make great mentors themselves, and will expand the quality of technicians at all levels. Furthermore, our Apprenticeship program will mean we are training more technicians with a solid curriculum and expect to see more happy employees who make a career of Transport Refrigeration and the other lines of business in which we work.

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

We have an application form on our company's career page. If hired, it feeds into our payroll system, so the new hire has less to fill out later. The application takes about 7 minutes to complete.

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

Most managers will talk to them on the phone before calling them to the shop. The goal is to get an understanding for where the person is coming from, level of experience in the given trade, or if entry-level, to ascertain what mechanical aptitude the person has.

What do your in-person interviews entail?

If the applicant is coming out of schooling, the manager will ask how schooling went, what courses were most interesting, what were some of the key skills gained. For all applicants, a walk around the shop is an ideal place to ask questions, talk about the type of company we are and the work we do, ask about tools, mechanical background, see if any questions, and ask if the type of work we engage in would be of interest.

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

After giving a conditional offer letter, we will do a background check, a drug screen and if the person will be driving for us, a check on the driving record.

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

Some positions have a questionnaire which gives us good insight into the experience level of the applicant. Often, the manager can ascertain just by having the applicant talk about prior experience mechanical aptitude.

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

It would vary, but one to three days would be reasonable.

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

It depends on the circumstances, but it should be about a week if the applicant is able to visit the shop soon after an invitation.

A Level Technician Pay Range: $40.00 - $44.00/hour

Master Thermo King Technician. Based on experience, and skill set

B Level Technician Pay Range: $34.00 - $40.00/hour

Professional Thermo King Technician. Based on experience, and skill set

C Level Technician Pay Range: $24.00 - $34.00/hour

Certified Thermo King Technician. Based on experience, and skill set

Student Tech / Apprentice Pay Range: $22.00 - $29.00/hour

Ours would be a variation to the title above and this range is for Full-Time Entry-Level Thermo King Apprentice Installers or Apprentice Service technicians.

Health Insurance Offered
United Healthcare (UHC/UMR) medical with Optum Rx. We have not raised our employee health costs in 5 years; in fact, we lowered them. We offer a PPO plan and a high-deductible plan with health savings (HSA).
Dental Insurance Offered
Mutual of Omaha Dental coverage.
Vision Insurance Offered
Mutual of Omaha Vision coverage.
Retirement Plan Offered
Our 401(k) plan, available soon after hire, has a match at 50% up to 6% of your pay. The match is made weekly on payroll.
Sick Leave Offered
40 hours a year, given up front. New hires can use it after 60 days.
Vacation Offered
Start accruing at 40 hours once hired. It moves to 80 on your one-year anniversary, and beginning on your four-year anniversary, it jumps to 120 hours (3 weeks).
Paid Holidays Offered
7 paid holidays per year.
ST / LT Disability Offered
Free to employees at company expense.
Life Insurance Offered
$50,000 in life insurance offered for free at company expense for all full-time employees. Additional offered on a voluntary basis.
Uniforms Offered
Shirt, jacket, and pants and $100 boot allowance every year.
Other Offered
Legal Shield and Identification Theft offered on a voluntary basis. An additional benefit is that we pay our employees every Friday.

Shop Talk

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Anthony sharing about some work he is doing on a reefer unit.

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Andy, a TK Service Tech, explains why he needed to pull and repair a diesel engine on a TK trailer unit.

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Jesse on his welcome at Thermo King and moving from Tech to Foreman. Jesse is our Phoenix area Thermo King Service Foreman.

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Recently we had a friendly Cornhole Tournament, clearing out one of the bays.

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Taylor, a Mobile Tech, on why he likes being a technician at Thermo King West.

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Last week we occupied two bays in our Tolleson, AZ location for our open enrollment session. We arranged to have the techs present for the event. For our remote sites we used Teams to have two-way communication. It worked out well and was probably the best effort to date in using this setting for a company-wide event.