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  • WrenchWay

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    The age-old debate: Do you refer to yourself as a technician or mechanic? In a recent poll, 46% of our audience said “technician” while another 41% said it doesn’t matter.

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    Russell Wickham

    Mechanic, technician, grease monkey, parts slinger, wrench, goober, whatever, I literally do not care. I actually think that's a very big problem because I am highly skilled at what I do thanks to an expert teacher. In the military, my verse was Psalm 144:1, "Blessed be the Lord my rock who teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight." When I left the military, I prayed, "Father, my business is no longer war, but if you can teach my hands to war, can you also teach them to wrench?" He sends me just enough that I struggle with to keep me humble, but we fix a lot of cars, so when I say I am highly skilled, that's not me bragging. As a highly skilled person, I should be concerned with the terms used to address members of this trade. However, I'm not because at least here in the United States, any person with a quick mouth and a few tools can call themselves a mechanic or "technician" and get a job, screw everything up for everyone and not get fired because, "He sells lots of parts and turns lots of hours and we need him." Not everyone can be highly skilled, but everyone could be ethical and they are not, which gives the industry a bad name. So, when someone asks me, I tell them, "I am a wrench." "Well, what do you do?" "I fix cars."

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  • Sullivans Car Care Center

    Sullivans Car Care Center

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    Top Shop Challenge: What are a few things you are looking to improve on your team in 2023

    We are always improving on our processes and procedures. What we can do to work together to hit our goals.

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  • Walser Buick GMC Bloomington

    Walser Buick GMC Bloomington

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    Top Shop Challenge: What do you feel needs to change in order to attract more kids into our industry?

    We in the industry need to make clear what to expect once you're actually in the shop, as well as provide real guidance on the job. The students that come in with the right training need more real-life education and hands on experience, so mentorship is key. You need to really learn by doing things to be good at what we do. Technical school doesn't teach you everything—I always tell new hires to come in open minded, ready to learn and not think they know it all. Be ready to listen, pay attention, and, most importantly, learn.

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    shawn Rutherford

    Pay needs to be more competitive from this industry, much easier ways to make money than wrenching.

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  • Honda of Seattle

    Honda of Seattle

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    Top Shop Challenge: Who has the coolest toolbox in your shop? Tell us about it. Better yet, show us some pics.

    Best tool box goes to Thomas! Thomas has a lot of personalized items on his bench that sets his box apart from other techs! Want an energy drink? Thomas has multiple flavors of his favorite energy drink! Thomas also keeps a hot wheel of the original 1974 Honda Civic on his bench to show Hondas deep history in the automotive world! Never hurts to put a personal touch on your bay!

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  • Master Fleet, LLC - Green Bay

    Master Fleet, LLC - Green Bay

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    Top Shop Challenge: What do you feel needs to change in order to attract more kids into our industry?

    We need continued education at the Middle School and High School levels to encourage students to learn more about skilled trades careers and how they can earn a really good living in the trades.

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  • Tom Wood Volkswagen

    Tom Wood Volkswagen

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    Top Shop Challenge: What are a few things you are looking to improve on your team in 2023

    Aside from the expected growth of younger technicians, and hitting our forecasted goals each month, the biggest thing we're working on is our sense of team. I have been having meetings twice a week in the shop reiterating the importance of "we" thinking rather than "me" thinking. I have challenged each member of service to be part of the bigger picture, part of the solution. We are having shop contests this month and next month to promote that team mentality, as well as get a little competition going. I am excited for the potential of where we can be in just a short amount of time.

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  • Sheppard Motors

    Sheppard Motors

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    Top Shop Challenge: Who has the coolest toolbox in your shop? Tell us about it. Better yet, show us some pics.

    Wes Wins the Coolest Toolbox! He hand-built this from recycled pallets. We love his creativity and upcycling.

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  • Master Fleet, LLC - Milwaukee

    Master Fleet, LLC - Milwaukee

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    Top Shop Challenge: What do you feel needs to change in order to attract more kids into our industry?

    I believe we can continue to work on and improve our culture, working through the youth that we already have here in our location to develop a inclusive environment that promotes the family like atmosphere.

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  • WrenchWay

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    How often do you have one-on-one meetings with your manager?

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  • Honda of Seattle

    Honda of Seattle

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    Top Shop Challenge: What do you feel needs to change in order to attract more kids into our industry?

    The one big thing that would attract more kids into the industry would be getting the manufactures more involved at the Highschool Level. Sponsoring more automotive classes and showing their names to the schools. The amount of techs leaving the industry and the amount of people getting educated in the craft is very imbalanced.

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    Richard Wakefield

    I actually went from being a technician to teaching at a high school

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  • Toyota of Seattle

    Toyota of Seattle

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    Top Shop Challenge: What do you feel needs to change in order to attract more kids into our industry?

    The one big thing that would attract more kids into the industry would be getting the manufactures more involved at the Highschool Level. Sponsoring more automotive classes and showing their names to the schools. The amount of techs leaving the industry and the amount of people getting educated in the craft is very imbalanced.

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