Fleet Vehicle Technicians Butte MT

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Butori Collision Center
(406) 494-9234, 001-2004
1811 Four Mile Road
Butte, MT
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Interstate Body Shop
(406) 782-4693, 001-2004
540 South Main Street
Butte, MT
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Mountain West Body Shop
(406) 782-3524
224 S Main Street
Butte, MT
Services
Auto Body Repair

Certified Transmission and Auto
(406) 494-1166
760 Dewey Boulevard
Butte, MT
Services
Transmission Repair

Montana Muffler and Supply
(406) 782-9108
441 S Montana Street
Butte, MT
Services
Mufflers Repair

Yates' Body Shop, Inc.
(406) 494-8076, 001-2004
3555 Paxson Avenue
Butte, MT
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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J and C Body Shop
(406) 494-4041, 001-2004
3600 Harrison Avenue
Butte, MT
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Wal Mart Supercenter
(406) 494-0803
3901 Harrison Avenue, SPC 6
Butte, MT
Services
Audio and Video Installation

Thunderbolt Harley Davidson
(406) 782-5601
34 Olympic Way
Butte, MT
Services
Motorcycle Fabrication

Les Schwab Tire Center
(406) 782-3866
290 Holland Street
Butte, MT
Services
Alignment Repair

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Finding qualified technicians

Whether you believe there is a technician shortage or not, the fact is that many fleets are becoming concerned over where the future technicians are coming from.

Many more are having trouble replacing their most qualified individuals when they retire.

Finding qualified technicians is only going to get harder down the road. Consider that, according to the Department of Labor (DOL), about half of all working technicians employed today will be eligible for retirement in the next seven to twelve years.

So what do you do? The first step is to look around your own shop and determine which members of your staff fall into that DOL statistic. Planning ahead is always a good idea, particularly if it involves developing existing employees for higher-skilled roles within your business. Moving a good C tech up to the next level means having a training and certification plan built around the skill set you’ll need within your own organization.

We’ve covered the long-term benefits of establishing a career development program previously in this column, but what about immediate needs? Let’s say your top technician walks in and announces that he’s decided to relocate or retire. Typically, you might begin by placing an ad in the employment section of a local newspaper. While this is a good place to start, you likely need to expand your focus.

Finding a qualified individual may require advertising in other cities or states to attract new talent. It goes without saying that you need to have a compelling compensation package to convince someone to relocate. Accentuate the positive in your employment copy. If you’re offering top dollar, don’t be afraid to put qualifiers into the ad, like ASE Master with L2, to limit the number of unqualified applicants.

There are a number of websites for employers seeking technicians and technicians seeking a change. The most obvious are Monster.com, autocareers.com, and autojobs.com, but try googling “jobs for techs” or other permutations of job descriptions and see what websites come up on the search. You might also try posting on technician websites such as the International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN). Remember, that using the Internet will expose your job listing to a worldwide audience, and an applicant having to relocate is likely.

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Tips on finding and keeping technicians

Tips on finding and keeping technicians

Recruiting, training and retaining technicians remains a major concern. Recently, the industry has taken a closer look at refining the process.

“Attracting qualified technicians is one of the biggest challenges facing a fleet today,” says Mike McGrath, vice president, VSM sales business unit at SKF. “Aside from the obvious need to offer attractive incentives such as salary and benefits, the fleets need to keep in mind that career progression opportunities will attract qualified talent. Young people entering this industry want to know that they will not only earn a respectable living, but that they will constantly be learning and growing professionally. Technicians want to know that as the vehicles become more complicated and challenging to work on, their employer will keep them trained and qualified to work on these vehicles. This will allow them to perform their jobs while improving their marketability for future career opportunities.

Looking to a broader resource base for talented technicians may be one solution. Working with technical schools is a great place to start.

“Our search for technicians talented enough to work for Penske Truck Leasing stretches across the country. ,” says Ken McKibben, Penske's senior vice president – field maintenance. “Through a partnership with United Technical Institute, we have a designated recruiter actively searching for the next generation of Penske talent. Our area maintenance managers work hands-on with technical schools across America, visiting campuses for career days. Some of our managers even sit on school advisory boards, where they help shape curriculum. Additional recruiting also takes place at the local level with visits to area high schools, trade and technical schools and colleges. We never stop looking for talented technicians -- that’s part of our promise to keep providing high-quality service to Penske customers.”

Working with suppliers

Working with suppliers to develop training programs for their technicians is a must for a fleet.

“The fleet is the expert at hauling freight and likewise the suppliers or manufacturers are the experts at their products,” McGrath says. “To develop training without consulting the suppliers and using their materials is truly like reinventing the wheel. We spend a tremendous amount of time and money developing training materials and conducting training clinics for both our distribution partners and our fleet customers.”

SKF believes that the more it does to help its customers install its products properly and reach the maximum life for the product, the greater value the company offers to its customers.

“Our management team is very active with the TMC working on task forces to develop the best maintenance procedures for the commercial vehicle market,” McGrath says. ...

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