I just received this special little gem of a video from a good friend. He’s a parts driver for a national parts chain in my area and often tells me nightmarish and humorous stories about the stuff he sees going on in a couple of the shops he delivers to.
Now obviously not every shop is bad, and he knows that too. In fact, this video completely goes against what I believe in promoting… until I reached the end of it.
Anyway, you have to wonder about the comeback rate in this one particular shop. My buddy has video of a certain tech’s personal shop joke – a “diagnostic wheel” which hangs on his side box. Nothing new to most of us really. We’ve seen that before in some form or another. But that isn’t why he edited, published and sent me the video you’re about to see. It was WAY MORE than that. Check it out for yourself!
AutoTechnician.org is growing much faster than expected considering it’s only been about 2 months so far. With that in mind, it’s time to begin the first phase of public promotion for our current and future members.
To help accomplish this task, we’re looking for voluntary testimonials from our current directory members. What I intend to do is place your testimonials prominently not only throughout this website, but within all of our organization’s public correspondence including Twitter and Facebook campaigns, blogs, forums and future media interviews and press releases.
Go here to submit your testimonial please.
Your testimonials and opinions are powerful. They reflect real thoughts of professional techs and inspire others. The larger this directory gets, the more traffic it receives and the more people will be researching your expertise.
Testimonials should reference your thoughts on:
- The overall organization’s idea to include qualified professionals only
- The quality and credibility of the test
- The impact free publicity can have for you personally
Thank you in advance for you participation. Go here to submit your testimonial please.
Since my last post on December 27th where there were only 26 testers. The average score was just over 80% – barely passing. Now it’s been one solid month with a whole bunch of new activity on the site. Special thanks goes out to Peter Meier and the team over at Motor Age for promoting our organization and for offering their training material including videos and articles to share with our members.
As of this post date, 167 testers total have gone through with a few taking it more than once (limit 3X). The average test score hangs in at 78.65% just below failing. Only 10 members received 100%. This is a very important statistic. It shows the test is doing exactly what it should be doing: finding professionals to promote to the public. If the average score was passing, the test wouldn’t be considered “real” enough.
The membership directory has grown leaps and bounds by our estimation. A mere 74 members doesn’t look like much now until you consider forecasting only 6-8 new members per month the first year! When investigation as to why this grew so quickly to our delight, word-of-mouth between fellow pros is mostly responsible.
Feedback from industry professionals and members alike is extremely positive. I received several emails and phone calls from members thanking us for this new organization and it’s truly heart-warming to say the least. They recognize that we care, that we’re not trying to take their money, and that we know who experienced professionals really are; the one’s you would want to service your vehicle. There is a big difference between one who slaps on brakes, tires and other parts vs. another who knows in a split second by nature just what the cause of that symptom is you described by saying “there is something wrong with…”.
AutoTechnician.org is looking to make a change in this industry and our members are the voice of change. We want to change they way professionals are perceived, respected and thought of as employees. That’s a tall order, but we have to start somewhere. Once the industry begins to see all of it’s best field techs have chosen to be a part of one large organization, a technician’s voice will soon become more and more important, and likely, so will salaries.
If you know of a professional auto technician who should be listed in this directory too, make sure you spread the word!
Do you know anyone like this?
- Beyond curious about how stuff works
- Liked to build models maybe at one time
- Like to take stuff apart and tinker
- Love to buy and use tools
I truly believe all mechanics are tied together somehow genetically. I know, these are really just common traits, but you have to wonder how many of you reading this right now wish you learned more about cars. Understand my point now? That “pondering” is the central source that makes one into a mechanic, and some into great technicians.
The title Automotive Service Technician is perceived to be of a higher standard, however it certainly does not mean this person is better than a any other seasoned auto mechanic. But whether titled a technician or a mechanic, the best of the best automotive service professionals possess the same skill sets: dexterity and advanced hands-on learning ability as well as being capable (and willing) to continually advance themselves through continual education.
Obviously, this world needs qualified auto repair technicians. So why should YOU care? You have a vehicle and it will require repairs and maintenance sooner or later. You may complain when the price is high or the inconvenience of being without a car, but rarely does one boast the skill and care that goes into a job well done; the same job that ensured protection for your children in the back seat.