Passively Looking for Manager/Technician jobs and is willing to relocate for the right position.
35 years in roughly. Owned shop as partner with my father 18 years, and worked under him for 12 years prior to that (Since age 10!). Trained and experienced in service advising, shop management, multiple management and advising certifications, currently working as Shop Foreman and Diagnostic Specialist overseeing 5 techs and troubleshooting work for all. Experienced in labscope, enhanced scantool use, gas analyzer, current probes, and use of various specialty diagnostic tools. Beta tester for multiple tool companies for 7 years. Former BAR technician advisor, reporting directly to Sacramento regarding CAL SMOG industry issues and opinions. Current shop had 80% fix it right 1st time average when I arrived. within 3 months number rose to 94%, and stayed mid 90s during my tenure. No employee has ever had a problem with me that couldnt be worked out in friendly manner, and most all coworkers at my shop and the shop I currently work for consider me the 1st tech they will ask for help without reservation. Have handled consumer complaints responses with 100% success rate at my shop, and keeping this shop in the 90s (when a complaint is filed, the shop is found to have done everything legally and properly by AAA or BAR investigations baring unforeseen occurrences or unintentional employee mistakes that were later corrected).
I have been married 11 years, I have 2 small children who are both Autistic and that consumes the majority of my time when not working. I used to restore classic mustangs and cougars as a job and hobby in my teens and 20s. Several show winners and magazine cars. STill play around with them when the chance presents itself. Willing to listen to offers always, but to relocate, the offer would need to be golden, in an area with very good support services for my children which will generally mean large metropolitan areas only at least at this time. Never done any drugs in my life (no need, no desire), and have no problems with flexible hours for work environments with rotating schedules. I like figuring it out. more important than the pay...which is why I request the harder ones and work salary the past 7 years. allows me freedom to not worry what lengths I can afford to go to. I do whatever it takes because the pay is the same.
Tools and Equipment
Have used most aftermarket scantools of the past 15 years. Owned the majority of them at least for short intervals. Kinda a hobby. I like practicing with toys. Currently own Tech 2, Ford IDS, Mazda IDS, JAG LR IDS, ODIS for Audi/VW(still working on learning that one,,,steep curve), VAGCOM, Mercedes SDS compact3-4, BMW GT1 (Have capability of Ista thru j2534, havent used it yet). Experienced with Autologic on BMW, Porsche, and Land Rover (shop owns the autologic, only tool they supply, all others for all techs belong to me...hence my class as Foreman/diagnostic specialist for the shop...I scan and hand off). Have about 4 labscopes, 3 or 4 multimeters, a few nice specialty tools like waekon flashers, temp guns, pulse flusher, midtronics, 3 or 4 low current probes, 2 or 3 high current probes, an ignition scope for older cars (Interro...old but still does the job). Have the majority of the AVI video library at least stuff that interested me (I probably bought Ill guess 40 of em? maybe 50?) and take as much retraining as the shop will contribute to. Power probe 1, hook, and 4 is coming. What else? Some key generators for coding, a few tools I havent played much with (Nissan, Volvo...just dont see that many...and rarely get Chryslers so I have yet to try and aquire a Witech, own an iscan2 WT that does decent Chrysler so havent been desperate so far.)
I buy alot of tools. I never wanna fail on a diag because I didnt bring big enough guns...if I fail...its gonna be natural stupidity!
(And no, I dont fail much. This shop does 2 million a year and I diag or assist diag 70% of it).
familiar with AC diag and repair, some hybrid diag and repair, ABS, air suspension. If it gets lobbed at me, I dig and scratch and usually figure it out with the equipment we have. Never had the luxury of specializing here, so I dont have the quick memorization skills I had when I was doing mainly Mustangs...we do all makes and models...no limits. The past month, a 54 Rolls Royce, a 69 Corvette, a 2015 BMW, 2007 Jaguar, 2014 Rover, Many Camrys, Mustangs, Mercedes, Porsches, Nissans from 2000-2010. We rarely say no (Not easy...probably not financially smart either...hard work trying to fix everything and not make mistakes!).
If I dont own in and want it...I buy it.
Student - Many and continuing
Cal State Northridge 1986 to 1991 on scholarship. qualified AA in Political Science and Journalism, 9 units short of BA, left for family emergency and went to work to pay bills.
Over 100 aftermarket and OEM classes/certs since 1992, Calsmog, ASE master, various factory certifications for taking the classes and passing an exam. Hybrid certs, Bosche Certs, Bosch DFI Cert(Required by current employer to stay Bosch certified), Current smog license with passing STAR score (usually always over 78 for 2 years, currently lower but Ill chalk that up to the odd quarter?). On 2 occasions in past 8 years have had BAR investigate my repairs or tests for consumer complaint or random inquiry, and both cases BAR determined in 1st meeting that proper procedures and conclusions were reached and no followup action was dictated. Have been assistant/guest trainer for John Marshall High School in Los Angeles teaching basic theory and scope use for ignition, and the theory of Smog and Emissions testing and its relationship to repair and diagnostics for their future if they choose to enter the industry. Have made a point of contributing to industry as often as I can in whatever ways I can. It pays in its own way and teaches more than can be measured by classes or certs.
Currently studying alternative fuels, possibly going to get diesel certified next (have done some mercedes and Ford diesel work here with good success, would like to know more before declaring I wanna buy it a ring or anything).
Profile last updated Apr 21, 2015.