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Old 02-27-2012, 06:50 PM
 
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I graduated Lincoln tech about a year ago.
I worked at a Nissan dealership as an express service technician.

Unfortunately they had no openings for higher level techs so I left
Now I work at Midas currently transitioning to a C level tech.

By the end of this year I should be an A.S.E certified B level tech.

Not to mention I'm in school for engineering science/Mechanical engineering.

What credentials will I need in order to land a job as an auto technician at a Infiniti, Lexus, BMW, Audi, Acura, Porsche, Mercedes type of dealership?
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:43 PM
 
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Your first contact to answer this type of question would be to approach the various dealerships and ask them what they are seeking for an ideal candidate auto tech.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:52 PM
 
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I work at Midas currently transitioning to a C level tech.
When I left VW after two years with my ASEís I went directly to work for Jaguar, from there I moved onto Rolls and Bentley.

I will say this and some might disagree, the move to Midas was not a step up or a step in the right direction for working at a high-end shop.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:50 AM
 
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When I left VW after two years with my ASEís I went directly to work for Jaguar, from there I moved onto Rolls and Bentley.

I will say this and some might disagree, the move to Midas was not a step up or a step in the right direction for working at a high-end shop.

Maybe the name Midas will turn off employeers initially but the work experience under the name may turn them back on.

I will be getting welding experience, brake changing experience, replacing transmissions, wheel bearings, motor mounts etc...etc...

On top of that I think I will be ok if I get almost all by a.s.e s

I may have to go back to a standard dealership like Honda, toyota or back to Nissan in order to transition to a high end dealership.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:21 AM
 
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I think getting yourself into a dealership would be a good first step. You can then promote yourself as having new car dealership experience to help you stand out from other techs who have not worked in that environment.

Definately try to talk to some high end dealers too, get a feel for what experience and credentials they may be looking for, and do not easily find. Having some friends at the dealer to put in a good word wouldn't hurt either.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:09 AM
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I will say this and some might disagree, the move to Midas was not a step up or a step in the right direction for working at a high-end shop.
I agree 100%, Midas is not a good step if you want to go into one of the more premium brands. If you needed to make that move to gain some experience, great, but I would try to get back into a mainline new car dealer as soon as possible.

It ultimately comes down to experience, credentials and knowing the right person. One thing you may want to look at is getting into a large dealer conglomerate, one that sells multiple brands under a single group, or at the very least a dealer that sells all levels of one brand.

For instance, a Chevy dealer that also sells Buick, GMC and Cadillac. A VW dealer that also does Audi and Porsche. A Toyota dealer that also does Lexus, etc. Get in as a tech with the mainstream brand and work hard, especially on the factory training and certifications. Then bide your time until something opens up.

FWIW though, you aren't going to really be making any more money wrenching on a Mercedes then you are on a Chevy. So, only go that way if those are really the kinds of cars you want to work on.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:34 PM
 
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I agree 100%, Midas is not a good step if you want to go into one of the more premium brands. If you needed to make that move to gain some experience, great, but I would try to get back into a mainline new car dealer as soon as possible.

It ultimately comes down to experience, credentials and knowing the right person. One thing you may want to look at is getting into a large dealer conglomerate, one that sells multiple brands under a single group, or at the very least a dealer that sells all levels of one brand.

For instance, a Chevy dealer that also sells Buick, GMC and Cadillac. A VW dealer that also does Audi and Porsche. A Toyota dealer that also does Lexus, etc. Get in as a tech with the mainstream brand and work hard, especially on the factory training and certifications. Then bide your time until something opens up.

FWIW though, you aren't going to really be making any more money wrenching on a Mercedes then you are on a Chevy. So, only go that way if those are really the kinds of cars you want to work on.

You mean asap as in now or like 6 months to a year.

I dont want to ruin any future opportunities I may have with Midas or have that bruise on my resume.

Thanks for the advice guys.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:59 PM
 
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ASAP means ASAP! I agree with the others! While I was at Lincoln Tech I work it CAR X (same as Midas) and then move up to an International Truck dealership! You are going backwards! Have patience in the pecking order while at your next dealership job because the need for auto technician is still very high in demand (from with I hear. I don't repair trucks any more, I drive them now)
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:27 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle, originally from SF Bay Area
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There are several luxury car dealerships that I have done work for, and they post signs at the workstations with the mechanic's name, ASE certification date, and years experience. Many have also the date of their factory training
certification. Obviously this is to impress the customers with their qualifications setting them apart from the average domestic dealerships,
but they do seem to have the cream of the crop.
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:16 AM
 
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You mean asap as in now or like 6 months to a year.

I dont want to ruin any future opportunities I may have with Midas or have that bruise on my resume.

Thanks for the advice guys.

Midas is already bruise on your resume. Get out ASAP and never put it on your resume. Itís the automotive tech equivalent of getting a neck tattoo in the white-collar world.

I donít know about where youíre at, but Midas, Pep Boys, Meineke etc is where ****ty techs parts changers, hacks and burnouts go to work.
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