Hi there, haven’t posted much on the forums but been a follower of Eric ever since I first started to want to get into this field.
I went 3 years to community college for Automotive and Diesel and got two degrees out of it, and I entered the truck repair end of it. Started at an independent shop, and moved on to a dealership. I was relatively stress-free at the independent shop, but no benefits of any kind. And I mostly worked on old junk with no service information, which was way out of my training and what I wanted. I quit for a dealership. However, things have become… interesting.
At my old job, SRT was never a huge problem. I had to work overtime and all to get it done, but I was never under huge pressure so long as I worked. Once I moved to the dealership, SRT is king. My times have been horrible, as a new tech being put on jobs by myself. I recently had a regen diag which took 20 hours, I had no clue what I was doing and only through the help of my co-workers (including a Master Tech) did I even get on the right track. Truck threw a code that actually didn’t help, once I did everything I could on that it threw another code which did lead me to the problem.
My point however, is SRT. I am failing at making SRT, and cannot make those times as a new tech thrown onto stuff like that by myself. I’ve been talked to by my boss twice about times, he says “you have to pick up the pace, your best isn’t cutting it” but has no solution to help me. I absolutely bust my ass and move so fast my boss’s boss said I need a segway or something I move so fast. I am about ready to hand in my 2-week notice and find another career. My former teacher says none of these shops have any plan in place to train new techs or help them but I sure do get to hear the ridicule for not moving as fast as the guy who never picked up a wrench in his life but is my superior wants it to go.
Your opinions?? I need advice from those in the know. I’m about at wit’s end with this place. The paycheck isn’t worth the blood pressure medication… and I know how many techs they have lined up after me who can do better… none.
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