Fleet Vehicle Technicians Helena MT

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Helena Body & Paint Frame Repair
(406) 430-1106
829 N Warren St
Helena, MT
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Body Shops, Painting, Rustproofing
Service Types and Repair
Auto Aluminum, Auto Frame, Collision, Dent

Ace Carburetor & Electric Service
(406) 442-3001
3119 Cooney Drive
Helena, MT
Services
Auto Air Conditioning & Heating Service & Repair, Auto Service & Repair, Brakes Service & Repair
Hours
Open Mon-Fri
Products
Brakes, Shocks, Struts

V Dubs and More
(406) 457-9712
1214 Chestnut Street
Helena, MT
Services
Clutch Repair,Tune up Repair

Helenas Pit Stop
(406) 449-2048
915 N Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT
Services
Oil Change and Lube

Gillys Garage
(406) 443-6122
1410 Birch Street
Helena, MT
Services
Tune up Repair

Northwest Battery & Electric
(406) 443-4090
3005 Prospect Avenue
Helena, MT
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Auto Electrical Systems Service & Repair, Storage Batteries Retail, Batteries Wholesale & Manufacturers
Hours
Open Mon-Fri
Payment Options
MasterCard, VISA

HT3 Automotive
(406) 443-7400
1355 Aspen Street
Helena, MT
Services
Tune up Repair

Howards Exxon East
(406) 449-4488
3425 US Highway 12 East
Helena, MT
Services
Service Stations

Collision Professional Auto Body Repair
(406) 442-4472
420 Dorothy Street
Helena, MT
Services
Alignment Repair,Auto Body Repair,Auto Glass Repair,Collision Repair

Auto Concepts
(406) 457-0700
3242 Centennial Street
Helena, MT
Services
Auto Glass Repair,Audio and Video Installation,Car Detailing,Fabrication and Restoration,Interior Cleaning,Interior Repair

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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