Walser Polar Chevrolet - Technician Jobs in White Bear Lake, MN

About Us

Walser Polar Chevrolet is proud to be a progressive, industry leader for both our customers and our employees. We think our technicians and service staff are the best in the business - so we treat them that way. At Walser you’ll get job experience that’s better than anywhere else. We’re always looking for talented, driven service experts and we provide excellent compensation and benefits to show that we’re serious about investing in you and your future. Our service staff have access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology. We work in modern, high-tech facilities and offer paid training programs for all of our technicians to get manufacturer certified. Whether you’re just starting out or have years of experience we’ve got a plan for you. Walser offers comprehensive programs for career growth and training. Plus, our auto techs are invited to take advantage of our tuition reimbursement assistance to learn and grow, all on our dime. Life happens between the bumpers. Our service staff have the knowledge to get customers back on the road.

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Under The Hood

Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

Our shop is heated and air conditioned.

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

We have a team of 14 to 18 technicians.

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

Our shop is open Monday to Friday 7am–6pm and Saturday 7am–3pm, we're closed on Sundays. Technician shifts are generally 8 hours but we do offer flex schedules.

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

All necessary tools are provided: OEM special tools, MDI for GM, and tools in the lube tech bay.

What type of break room facility is provided?

Our break room is air conditioned with two refrigerators and microwaves, as well as a vending machine that has hot and cold food for purchase.

How many bays does your shop have?

18

How many repair orders do you average per month?

1,200

What is your parts ordering process?

Our Parts Department will order and deliver parts upon request.

What is your policy on side work?

Employees may work on things outside of the shop on the side during their off hours. You can also work on your personal vehicle in the building on your off-time—as space allows.

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

Our entire dealership has been remodeled and equipped with the latest and greatest technology. Our technicians are provided state-of-the-art equipment, OEM certifications and work in a comfortable, modern shop environment.

Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

We offer OEM certifications and have a Team Captain in-house who is dedicated to training. We also offer up to $30,000 tuition assistance and reimbursement for approved courses.

Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

Walser has a team that's focused entirely on growth and career pathing. We have concrete plans for everyone, from lube techs, light duty, journeymen, and advanced diagnosis technicians and more. Whether you want to become a master tech or even run the entire service drive, we'll show you how it can happen.

Can you describe your performance review process?

Monthly reviews go over proficiencies, training, and job performance so you know exactly how you're doing and how to improve.

What type of safety training is required?

Our Team Captain provides in-house training on safety processes alongside video content.

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

We have a Team Captain that will work with you one-on-one to assess current proficiency and tailor a training program that aligns with our career growth so that you can grow and advance.

How does your shop get involved with the local community?

We're proud to be a strong supporter of the local White Bear Lake community. We support local high schools and their automotive programs and provide summer internships. The Walser Foundation provides grants to community programs and offers volunteer opportunities for all of our employees to take part in and give back (and have some fun!).

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

We partner with local high schools and tech schools to support their technician programs via internships, sponsorships, and more.

Where do you see the shop in five years?

In five years we will have continued to grow our business and increase our customer base. We've recently completed a major remodel of the entire dealership, including the service drive, to provide our employees with state-of-the-art technology and the very best work environment.

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

Yes, we have an application form on our Careers site: http://www.walsercareers.com/ It takes approximately 2-3 minutes to complete and can be done on mobile devices or desktops.

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

Yes, we do perform an initial 15-minute phone screen as part of the interview process.

What do your in-person interviews entail?

The hiring manager shares expectations and details about the role. The candidate and the hiring manager will review work and education experience. The interviewer will ask skill and ability questions. There will be an overview about the company, culture, and benefits. We make sure to cover the candidates career goals and aspirations. There will be time to ask any questions and discuss next steps.

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

Walser Automotive Group performs a background check for every candidate as part of the company's Pre-Employment Policy.

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

No we do not, but we do assess education, accreditations, and certifications (OEM and ASE).

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

After an interview is conducted the candidate should know an answer within one week.

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

The entire process should take no more than two weeks.

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

Come with questions and we will be prepared to give you the opportunity to learn more about the company and what your position would look like.

Lube Technician
Lube Technicians are entry level technicians that focus on routine maintenance such as oil changes, changing tires, and inspections.
Pay Range: $0 - $34,798/year ($0.00 - $16.73/hr)

Hourly rate plus additional incentive opportunities.

Journeyperson Pay Range: $56,326 - $75,920/year ($27.08 - $36.50/hr)

Minimum guaranteed rate for every hour worked. Additional earning opportunities paid on hours produced.

Semi-Skilled Technician Pay Range: $38,854 - $45,635/year ($18.68 - $21.94/hr)

Minimum guaranteed rate for every hour worked. Additional earning opportunities paid on hours produced.

Heavy Duty Technician Pay Range: $58,406 - $78,000/year ($28.08 - $37.50/hr)

Minimum guaranteed rate for every hour worked. Additional earning opportunities paid on hours produced.

Advanced Diagnostic Technician Pay Range: $60,486 - $80,080/year ($29.08 - $38.50/hr)

Minimum guaranteed rate for every hour worked. Additional earning opportunities paid on hours produced.

Entry Level Technician Pay Range: $0 - $34,798/year ($0.00 - $16.73/hr)

Minimum guaranteed rate for every hour worked. Additional earning opportunities paid on hours produced.

Health Insurance Offered
Walser provides medical insurance coverage through Medica. We offer 3 different plan options for paying for care, along with 3 coverage networks for those who you visit for care. The 3 medical plan options are as follows: $1000 Co-Pay Plan, $2800 HDHP Plan, or $5950 HDHP Plan. Medica coverage also includes the Virtualcare benefit through Amwell at no additional cost.
Dental Insurance Offered
Walser provides dental insurance coverage through Delta Dental of MN. We offer 2 different plan options—a base plan and a buy up plan— to ensure that you get the dental care that is most convenient and cost-effective for you.
Vision Insurance Offered
Walser provides a vision discount plan through EyeMed. This plan offers discounts on lenses, frames, contacts and laser vision correction. Annual eye exams are covered as preventative under all of Walser’s group medical plans.
Retirement Plan Offered
Walser offers a retirement savings plan that is managed by Securian Financial. We offer a traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k). All new hire or re-hired employees will be automatically enrolled in the plan at 5% of your base salary as of the 1st of the month following one month of employment.
Sick Leave Offered
Each employee has PTO that they accrue throughout the year.
Vacation Offered
Each employee has PTO that they accrue throughout the year.
Paid Holidays Offered
Holiday schedules vary by store.
ST / LT Disability Offered
Walser offers Voluntary Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability plans for employees. Disability benefits provide you with paycheck protection in the event you are unable to work due to a non-work related sickness or injury. The benefit amount for Short Term Disability is 60% of your pre-disability weekly earnings; up to the plan's maximum weekly benefit of $1,000. The benefit amount for Long Term Disability is 60% of your pre-disability monthly earnings; up to the plan's maximum monthly benefit of $5,000.
Life Insurance Offered
Walser provides all full-time, benefit eligible employees a company paid Basic Life and AD&D policy through MetLife. This is at no cost to the employee.
Uniforms Offered
Uniforms are provided, along with a safety shoe allowance and company provided devices.
Other Offered
Walser offers fertility and adoption assistance through Carrot Fertility, and Walser Wags Pet Insurance for all Walser employees. Walser additionally provides Optum Employee Assistance Program for use by all employees and their loved ones to access resources for mental health, financial advice, legal mediation and much more. Walser offers technicians $2,500 relocation assistance, a $2,000 sign-on bonus, and up to $30,000 tuition assistance and reimbursement.

Shop Talk

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Employee's from Walser Automotive Group's corporate office visited our Twin Cities branches for our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drop! Walser provides Thanksgiving turkeys to all employees that want one; all of the leftover turkeys are donated to families in need. This year, we were able to donate over 300 turkeys to Pillsbury United's Waite House Food Shelf and Humanity Alliance 🦃 Happy Thanksgiving!

What are some things about your techs that you're thankful for?

Walser Polar Chevrolet would like to give thanks to all the wonderful technicians we have in our service department. We are so grateful for their hard work, their dedication to their craft, their motivation to become better technicians, and ultimately taking such great care of our guests—because that’s what we’re all about. Everyone plays an integral role in the function of our service department, and we’re so thankful our techs chose to bring their skills to Walser.

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

Join one of our advanced diagnostic & repair technicians, Jon Olstad, for a shop tour! Watch as Jon walks and talks his way through Walser Polar Chevrolet's service facilities