Wendle Ford - Technician Jobs in Spokane, WA

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  • Our Ford Shop view facing Southeast!
  • Our Ford Shop facing Northwest!
  • Nissan Service Family in our Nissan Shop (facing Northeast)!
  • Some of our Nissan service awards
  • Vincent who's part of our Apprentice Program through New Tech Skills Program in Spokane!
  • Our Service Advisors and Service Drive facing Northeast.
  • One of our all employee lunches in August.
  • Chris celebrating his 20 Year Wendle Anniversary with our General Manager, Shayne Goff.
  • One of our all employee lunches in June.
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  • One of our all employee lunches featuring Joe, our Nissan Service Manager - National Pizza Day!
  • We had "Have Beans - Mobile Espresso" come and serve our team free drinks AND coffee of course!
  • One of our monthly Technician lunches - Mexican Food from Azteca!
  • Breakfast provided by Ford for our Ford Service team from Panera!
  • One of our all employee lunches featuring our Nissan Service Advisors - National Pizza Day!
  • One of our all employee lunches - BBQ served by Santa!
  • We had "Have Beans - Mobile Espresso" come and serve our team free drinks AND coffee of course!
  • One of our all employee lunches - featuring our Nissan Service Advisors!
  • One of our monthly Technician lunches - Mexican Food from Azteca!
  • Halloween Costume Competition - Our Service Advisor, Erica, dressed up as our Nissan Service Manager, Joe.  She had us ALL cracking up throughout the day!
  • Halloween Costume Competition!
  • Halloween Costume Competition - Star Wars
  • Our Wendle Nissan Service Family in our Nissan Shop!
  • The 28th Annual Ranchero Round-Up at Wendle Ford on Father's Day Weekend!
  • The 28th Annual Ranchero Round-Up at Wendle Ford on Father's Day Weekend!
  • Wendle Employee Appreciation Event - We went to the movie theater to watch the new Top Gun: Maverick together!
  • Wendle Employee Appreciation Event - We went bowling and competed for the title of "Best Bowler at Wendle Motors" and for the large trophy of course!
  • Wendle Employee Appreciation Event - We went bowling and competed for the title of "Best Bowler at Wendle Motors" and for the large trophy of course!
  • Wendle Employee Appreciation Event - We went to a Spokane Indians game together!
  • Wendle Employee Appreciation Event - We went to a Spokane Indians game together!
  • Our Nissan Award - "In Recognition of 40 Years of Service" September 23, 2021
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  • Our Nissan Service Advisors and Santa
  • All hands on deck for snow removal.
  • One of our all employee lunches - We were celebrating Dick Wendle's 80th Birthday!
  • One of our all employee lunches in August.  We had BBQ and grilled some burgers for everyone!
  • All Employee Lunch - Celebrating National Guac Day how we know best!
  • We celebrated National Donut Day the only way we know how - Donuts for EVERYONE!
  • Our Peanut Butter Drive was a HUGE success.  This is Andy (GSM) and Shayne Goff (GM) donating our Peanut Butter to 2nd Harvest.
  • One of our all employee lunches in the Ford Service Shop (facing East) for our United Way Campaign!
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  • National Popcorn Day at Wendle Motors!
  • Part of our Ford Service group!
  • One of our monthly Technician lunches in the Ford Shop (facing East).
  • Nissan Master Technician!
  • One of our all employee lunches!
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  • One of our all employee lunches.  We are celebrating Cinco de Mayo!
  • Celebrating our Technician's retirements with cake in our Ford Shop!
  • Celebrating our Technician's retirements with cake in our Ford Shop (facing Northeast)!
  • Wendle Employee Appreciation Event - We went to celebrate at Jack & Dan's Bar & Grill!
  • Wendle Employee Appreciation Event - We went to the movie theater to watch Ford v Ferrari!
  • Wendle Softball Team!
  • Some of our Wendle Family supporting our Wendle Softball Team!
  • Wendle's 75th party on our Ford Showroom (facing Northwest)!
  • One of our all employee lunches.  We had BBQ and grilled some burgers for everyone!
  • Fannie's Ice Pops in our Ford Shop! One of our all employee ice cream days for a hot summer day.
  • Fannie's Ice Pops in our Ford Service Drive! One of our all employee ice cream days for a hot summer day.
  • Fannie's Ice Pops in our Ford Shop! One of our all employee ice cream days for a hot summer day.
  • Fannie's Ice Pops in our Ford Shop! One of our all employee ice cream days for a hot summer day.
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Under The Hood

Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

Our shop is heated and very well ventilated. Our state-of-the-art shop is warm in the winter and cool in the summer thanks to our 4 Big Ass Fans and several Big Ass Fans coolers.

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

Main Shop: 8 Service Advisors 1 Dispatcher 1 Shuttle Driver 29 Technicians (including Lube Technicians) 1 Service Drive Manager 1 Shop Manager 1 Fixed Ops Director Express Team: 2 Express Advisors 5 Express Technicians Our Fixed Ops team is made up of 77 people. Our entire dealership is made up of about 130 amazing teammates!

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

Service Department Hours Monday-Friday 7:30AM – 6:00PM Saturday – 8:00AM - 3:00PM Sunday – Closed Technician Hours 8:00AM – 5:00PM *More hours available to those who want more *4 Tens (4 day 10-hour shifts) available and modified schedules available *Flexible or part-time schedule for those attending school

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

We provide all required and recommended OEM special tools and computers with diagnostic software. We also provide state-of-the-art equipment such as an Alignment Rack and machines, Road Force Tire Balancer, and Tire Machine.

What type of break room facility is provided?

Our large Fixed Ops break room facility has been recently updated. The break room has a tile floor, stainless steel furnishings, and USB plug-ins to charge your devices. It is a clean, climate-controlled break room with vending machines, large glass fridge, TV, microwaves, coffee machine, large sink, toaster, toaster oven, and much more. A technician locker room and bathroom are also provided.

How many bays does your shop have?

42 Bays 8 Flat Stalls

How many repair orders do you average per month?

2,500 Repair Orders

What is your parts ordering process?

Parts are ordered electronically through CDK. We have a parts runner who is tasked with retrieving parts for technicians, as well as loading vehicles into bays to help increase proficiency and make our technicians’ lives easier. For the more difficult jobs, our back parts counters are staffed with experienced parts professionals.

What is your policy on side work?

We have an extremely generous employee discount of $80 per hour (66% off door rate) that can be used for yourself and your immediate family. Ultimately, we aim to keep technicians productive in full and expect high proficiency. After normal business hours, work can be preapproved with management on a case-by-case basis. Work must be for yourself or immediate family only. An open RO is required on every vehicle and must be approved by the parts and service director. **One must refer to the employee handbook to clarify their rights and responsibilities while they're employed with the company**

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

$80 employee labor rate Monthly employee lunch events Parties Mentorship opportunities Learning, growth, and continued education opportunities Family oriented We reward our technicians with BBQs and fun, plus production bonuses Tickets to concerts and sporting events And more

Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

When you start at Wendle we will find your desired career path and we will help you achieve what’s desirable by giving you all the “tools” necessary. Whether you want to continue your career as a technician or move into a management role, we will help you find the path and position that is right for you. We pay for: a. ASEs that are fully completed and passed b. MFG training (both on and off-site *travel, lodging, food, time at/for class) c. Tuition reimbursement for our technicians that want to further their training and education d. Independent and manufacturer training We also partner with local skill centers and technical schools.

Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

When there is a job opening at Wendle, we first look to promote from within. We believe in growing, developing, and investing from within. If you have a career path in mind, we will get you there and help in any way we can. How far and where you go just depends on you. When you work hard, are a great teammate, have great determination and drive, and use ethical business practices, your career will take off right before your eyes in pay and opportunities for advancement. We have had numerous technicians with us for 25+ years that have moved up from lube techs, detailers, and porters to master technicians and managers. We are proud of our long-term employees that have grown with the company and essentially helped US grow into what we are and who we are today!

Can you describe your performance review process?

We believe in performance reviews and regular “check-ins.” Some of the metrics discussed are technician proficiency, attitude, attendance, teamwork, CSI, and other key metrics. It can be a great opportunity for you to sit down with your supervisor and communicate what’s going well and what areas you need help with or could use improvement.

What type of safety training is required?

All employees are required to complete our online safety training once hired. We have a safety committee on-site, and we offer any safety equipment that is necessary to keep each team member safe. We operate our safety procedures according to OSHA guidelines/procedures/standards. We strive to be a healthy and safe workplace for all.

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

Our senior technicians are afforded the opportunity to mentor new and upcoming techs if they wish to do so. These up-and-coming technicians work side by side with our seasoned technicians to learn from the masters with a hands-on approach. This process will help young technicians evaluate and determine which specific field they want their expertise to be in (i.e., electrical, suspension, diesel). Our Senior technician is compensated for having an apprentice.

How does your shop get involved with the local community?

Wendle Motors has been in business since 1943. It is because of our customers and our community that we continue to succeed. We are committed to our community and strive to help our local organizations. Since the day we opened, we have invested in our community to show our gratitude and to help our community become a healthier and stronger future for us all. A strong community with a high quality of life means safer, healthier lives for you and those around you. All these actions, big and small, move the needle in a positive direction. It is often our communities that support us in hard times, and now it is our turn to support them. Some of our involvement with our local community includes: Hosting blood drives at our dealership Food drives Volunteer as a large group at 2nd Harvest Food Bank Sponsor sports teams (for youths and adults) Donate to organizations that have at least 70% of their expenses devoted to program services and prioritize those that are our employees’ passions and interests. Donate to several local colleges, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools Volunteer at our local tech school Company-wide United Way donations Veterans' programs School supplies drives Local community centers And much MORE – check out our website under our community tab to look at all the local organizations we have the privilege of serving https://www.wendle.com/community.html

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

YES - We donate to our local high schools and tech schools as well as local colleges, middle schools, and elementary schools! We love to work closely with all schools in our area to enhance the future of all and grow as a community to have a bright future ahead. We also participate in many career fairs hosted by tech schools and high schools. We love to encourage future generations to enter the auto industry to see all that it provides – we love to educate these students on career opportunities available to them.

Where do you see the shop in five years?

At Wendle we constantly strive to improve professionally and personally. We see ourselves continuing to invest in our technicians, equipment, and employees to continue our team members' growth and development. We also see ourselves continuing to serve our communities. As our area continues to grow at an exponential pace we are diligently working to expand and offer an even better customer experience and workplace experience. We see our successes supporting the overall company vision: Business: Wendle Motors will be recognized by its employees, customers, and community as the leading automotive dealership with respect to customer service and sales. Wendle will be recognized as a successful business based on ethics and integrity. Team: Wendle Motors is and will continue to be committed to its employees through continuous education in the latest technology and customer service, top pay plans, and ongoing recognition. Community: Wendle Motors is and will continue to be committed to its customers through superior customer satisfaction and retention provided by the most qualified, exceptional, proficient, ambitious, proactive employees. Wendle Motors is and will continue to be committed to its community by remaining family-owned and oriented and supporting local non-profit agencies.

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

We also use the FAST Program: The Ford Accepted Service Training (FAST) Program provides equivalency credits to Technicians based on: – Training received from other OEMs – ASE Professional Certification – Military training Qualified Technicians may be closer to Ford certification than you realize. We encourage our team to invest in themselves and we will too! Wendle can help you make a job into a career. WENDLE: Winning team: We will act with integrity, a sense of ethics, and keep our commitment to our customers and ourselves. Enthusiasm: The enthusiasm of our winning team creates a welcoming environment for everyone we come in contact with. Our employees are our strength. New ideas: Wendle Motors is committed to continuous education in the latest technology for our employees. By embracing new ideas and technology we can exceed our customer’s needs and expectations now and in the future. Dedication: Each employee will share in the vision of providing customer satisfaction with the pride of dedication, respect, trust, and self-worth. Loyalty: We continue to be open-minded and listen carefully to our customers and employees. Efficiency: Our employees strive to provide exceptional service to our customers in an expedient, accurate, and professional manner.

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

Yes, it takes 5-10 minutes to fill out. We also provide paper applications if one wants to apply in person.

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

Yes, we have a phone screen interviews prior to the in-person interview to discuss culture fit and next steps in the interview process.

What do your in-person interviews entail?

We perform a one-on-one question and answer with the service managers and if time allows, we’ll take you on a tour.

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

At Wendle we complete extensive background checks, drug screening (not including marijuana), and check driving records. Wendle Motors is an equal-opportunity employer with a drug-free workplace. A pre-employment motor vehicle report and criminal background check will be conducted on the chosen candidate prior to employment.

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

We do not perform a skill assessment before hiring an applicant.

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

Typically, 2-3 days, but can be up to 1 week.

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

The full hiring process takes 1-2 weeks, depending on your availability.

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

If you become a member of our Wendle family, we will have you join a new hire orientation luncheon. We will tell you about our history and who we are, along with introducing you to our leadership team. What if ONE opportunity could change your life? Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. We hope we can be that group of people that is your forever home!

A Level Technician Pay Range: $87,360.00 - $131,040.00/year

We are a Flat Rate shop. We have a Customer Pay Flat Rate and a Warranty Flat Rate. Wendle pays an additional $5 an hour on all warranty work. Bonuses include, but are not limited to: a. CSI Bonuses b. Holiday Bonuses c. Hourly Production Bonuses We also have paid holidays and training

B Level Technician Pay Range: $81,120.00 - $121,680.00/year

We are a Flat Rate shop. We have a Customer Pay Flat Rate and a Warranty Flat Rate. Wendle pays an additional $5 an hour on all warranty work. Bonuses include, but are not limited to: a. CSI Bonuses b. Holiday Bonuses c. Hourly Production Bonuses We also have paid holidays and training

C Level Technician Pay Range: $72,800.00 - $109,200.00/year

We are a Flat Rate shop. We have a Customer Pay Flat Rate and a Warranty Flat Rate. Wendle pays an additional $5 an hour on all warranty work. Bonuses include, but are not limited to: a. CSI Bonuses b. Holiday Bonuses c. Hourly Production Bonuses We also have paid holidays and training

Service Advisor Pay Range: $70,000.00 - $105,000.00/year

This is a salary position + commission + bonuses (below) Bonuses include, but are not limited to: a. CSI Bonuses b. Hours per RO Bonuses c. Effective Labor Rate Bonuses

Express Technician Pay Range: $37,440.00 - $43,680.00/year

This is typically an hourly position working towards a Flat Rate Entry Level Technician position (plus performance bonuses). One must be able to perform basic oil changes and basic maintenance. We are also looking for individuals with an interest in more advanced technician training. This is the first step in our apprenticeship to become a trained factory technician.

Student Tech / Apprentice Pay Range: $37,440.00 - $45,760.00/year

This is typically an hourly position as an Express Technician working towards a Flat Rate Entry Level Technician position (plus performance bonuses). One must be able to perform basic oil changes and basic maintenance. We are also looking for individuals with an interest in more advanced technician training. This is the first step in our apprenticeship to become a trained factory technician.

Health Insurance Offered
Medical PPO (Premera Blue Cross) with individual and family options. Eligibility begins on the first of the month following the completion of 60 days of employment after your initial 30-day orientation period. We offer a personal wellness program with an insurance premium discount.
Dental Insurance Offered
Wendle Motors pays 100% of our employees’ portion of the dental premium. We offer two choices of Dental plans that have coverage for periodic preventive care and can help with the cost of dental work.
Vision Insurance Offered
Copay: Exam: Plan pays 100%; Materials: Plan pays 100% (reimbursed up to $200) Frequency: Exam: 1 x every 12 months from last date of service; Lenses: 1 x every 12 months from last date of service; Frames: 1 x every 12 months from last date of service; Contacts: 1 x every 12 months from last date of service
Retirement Plan Offered
1. If you are over 18 years of age, have worked at least 1,000 hours within the calendar year, and have completed a full year of employment, you are eligible to participate in the Wendle Motors Company 1 & 2 401(k) Plan. 2. You may benefit from the plan in three ways: First, through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis, you may elect to contribute from your paycheck from 1% to 100% of your pay up to the annual maximum set by the IRS each year. Second, in any given year the Company may make a discretionary match* to your 401(k) contribution. The Wendle contributions become vested on a graduated scale according to your number of years of service. The Wendle contributions to your funds become 100% vested after six years of employment. Third, through payroll deduction on a post-tax basis, you may elect to contribute to a ROTH 401(k) from your paycheck from 1% to 100% of your pay up to the annual maximum set by the IRS each year. 3. The plan can also make loans to qualifying participants with repayment through payroll deduction. The plan does not include a hardship withdrawal provision. *Discretionary means the match will be determined annually according to the judgment of management at year-end.
Sick Leave Offered
Sick Leave is built into the PTO plan (see PTO details below).
Vacation Offered
Paid Time Off (PTO) will start to accrue on your first day of employment and can be used after 90 days of continuous employment. After 1 year of service: 64 Hours After 2 years of service: 104 Hours After 11 years of service: 144 Hours After 20 years of service: 184 Hours
Paid Holidays Offered
7 Holidays eligible for time off WITH pay include: New Year’s Day Memorial Day Independence Day Labor Day Thanksgiving Day Christmas Eve Day Christmas Day
ST / LT Disability Offered
Our disability income protection insurance provides a benefit for “long-term” or “short-term” disability resulting from a covered injury or sickness. Benefits begin at the end of the elimination period and continue while you are disabled up to the maximum benefit duration. Those eligible include each active, full-time employee working 30 or more hours per week, and earning an annual salary of at least $15,000, except any person working on a temporary or seasonal basis.
Life Insurance Offered
Wendle pays for a life insurance policy on each employee. Eligibility begins on the first of the next month after you have completed 90 days of employment. Voluntary buy-up options are available.
Uniforms Offered
Wendle Motors provides technicians with uniforms and weekly laundry service.
Other Offered
a. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) b. Pre-paid legal c. Employee referral program d. Mentorship program e. Wendle paid training f. Paternity leave g. Generous employee discounts on: Employee appreciation Tickets to concerts/events Vehicle purchases Leases Parts Auction purchases Extended service contracts Employee parts and service accounts We often receive discounts from other companies that we can offer employees. We will post these discounts on the Employee Bulletin Board, in our weekly Wendle Update email, and the Ford Break Room.

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We're excited to share that Luis has electrified his career path, securing both High Voltage Battery and High Voltage Systems certifications! ⚡ Just as our detailed career path promises, Luis has not only gained valuable certifications but also earned a well-deserved increase in his flat-rate pay. His next adventure? Continuing to amplify his skills and expertise. Congratulations and thank you, Luis! We're truly proud to have you as a key player in our Wendle Family. Your dedication shines bright!

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We want to celebrate David's latest triumph — he's now officially certified in Electrical work, marking his first Ford certification! What's even more electrifying? Just as our career path promises, David's dedication has earned him a well-deserved increase in his flat-rate pay. Kudos to David for this significant achievement! Your commitment is lighting up our Wendle Family, and we're excited for the bright path ahead! 🔧

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Top Shop Challenge: If your shop had a most improved award, who would have won it in 2023?

We are PROUD to have many most improved individuals in our shop, but one that sticks out for our dealership is SCOTT! We're thrilled to share the exciting news about Scott's decision to move forward with a career path within Wendle. Having begun his journey with us as a Lot Attendant, Scott is now joining our Express Technician Program, demonstrating both his dedication and commitment to excelling in automotive expertise! 🛠️ His last 8 months with us have been nothing short of remarkable, marked by his exceptional work ethic, passion, and unwavering commitment to excellence. He is consistently going above and beyond to deliver top-notch service. Congratulations and thank you, Scott!!🎉 Interested in a career path as a technician?! Our Express Program is designed to provide technicians with the precise guidance, skills, and expertise needed for career advancement. Our program involves extensive training, mastering stand-alone services, basic maintenance, and rigorous factory online training. We take pride in the ongoing success of our Express Program and the dedicated teammates who make it all possible! 🙌

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Top Shop Challenge: What are a couple of things you'd like to highlight that happened last month?

Last month we had 3 individuals earn a total of 4 certifications! We take immense pride in being a dealership that places an emphasis on continued learning and education. At Wendle, being part of the family means not only personal growth but also a commitment to fostering professional development. Hats off to our dedicated team for their achievements and to the ongoing pursuit of excellence!

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Top Shop Challenge: What are a couple of things you'd like to highlight that happened last month?

We are so proud of our Express and SOS Program! We are proud to be part of the SOS program because this Ford initiative, partnering with dealers for the Sponsor Our Students program, not only equips aspiring technicians like Blake with real-world experience but also fosters valuable connections within our service department.

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Top Shop Challenge: Let's highlight all the military veterans in our industry, and the shops that provide veterans a great career after they serve.

On Friday, Wendle proudly provided lunch as a small token of appreciation for our Veterans' immense sacrifices and unwavering dedication. The service of our Veterans is the backbone of our nation, and we are deeply thankful for the courage you've shown. You inspire us, and your commitment does not go unnoticed. Here's to our heroes—today and every day.