Tips for Hiring the Right Auto Body Technicians

Posted by Chief Automotive on Sep 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Hiring the right auto body technicians for your shop can be a challenge. The candidate list seems short to begin with, since there's a shortage of technicians out there. Plus, you need to make sure that the person you're hiring is skilled enough to do the work to your standards and has the right attitude to fit in with your shop. 

So how do you do it? Hiring the right techs requires a two-pronged approach:

First, attract great prospects.

Second, pick the right one.

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Topics: Training

How to Recruit the Next Generation of Auto Techs

Posted by Chief Automotive on Aug 30, 2018 10:28:28 AM

Recruiting and hiring can be a challenge, but whether you need to fill an open position asap or you're experiencing steady growth, finding the right person is essential to your shop's success. Sometimes that means finding someone with a specific skillset or talent. Other times, you just need someone who embodies a certain work ethic or attitude.

No matter what you need, recruiting the next generation of techs may require a different approach than what you're used to. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

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Topics: Training

How to Make Safety a Shop-wide Priority

Posted by Chief Automotive on Nov 28, 2017 3:55:00 PM

If you’re a responsible shop owner (and we bet you are), safety is already on your mind. You don’t want to get on the wrong side of OSHA inspections, and more importantly, you’d hate for a member of your team to get hurt. But the truth is, it might not be a priority for your employees. To really protect your staff, it’s important to move safety to the forefront for everyone in your shop. The following tips can help you do it. 

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Topics: Training

6 Tips to Hiring(and keeping) Quality Techs

Posted by Chief Automotive on May 19, 2017 4:30:00 PM

A tech walks into your office and hands you his two weeks notice. That’s never been a fun situation. And according to a recent survey, it’s getting a lot less fun with each passing day. Why? Because replacing that tech is harder than it’s been in years.

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Topics: Training, Shop Tools

Sneak Peek: Joining Technologies

Posted by Chief Automotive on Mar 30, 2017 4:30:00 PM

From high strength steel and carbon fiber to ultra-strong adhesives and spot welds, there are several different materials and methods used on today’s vehicles. And whether you are a large dealer or a small body shop, you need to be prepared to perform repairs on all materials with the most cutting edge of technologies and skill. Chief University provides up-to-date technician training, on the latest industry advancements, with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on learning. As the industry continues to grow, the only constant is change, and having your shop equipped with the latest tools, and your techs trained with the most up to date skill set is the key to winning in the auto body repair world.

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Topics: Aluminum, Auto Body Repair, Training, Welding

The Chief University Difference

Posted by Chief Automotive on Feb 28, 2017 4:30:00 PM

Chief is dedicated to making our vehicles and our roads safer for everyone. We make every effort to ensure that collision repair technicians and all those involved in the repair of collision damaged vehicles are educated with the most up-to-date information available. Understanding the complex structure of today’s vehicles is the key to the future of the collision repair industry.

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Topics: Training

Keeping Current on Collision Repair Training

Posted by Chief Automotive on Feb 27, 2017 4:50:00 PM

Like most businesses, expenses at body shops need to be justified. There’s generally not an extra pool of money ready to put toward nice-to-haves, so every expenditure must make good business sense. How does continuing collision repair training rate on the scale of wants vs. needs? Here are four reasons it’s a necessity – and a good investment.

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Topics: Training

4 Things Your Shop Can Expect in 2017

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jan 9, 2017 2:15:38 PM

With the still looming deadlines of the 2025 CAFÉ standard, auto manufacturers will be picking up the pace to try and meet the stringent requirements. This means an increase in high strength metals and alloys, smaller motors, and an overall change in vehicle design. Couple the CAFÉ standards with an increased emphasis on safety and the addition of high-end electronics and you can bet that there will be some changes coming to your shop in 2017. Keeping on top of these changes, means preparing not only your shop but your employees. Here are four things you can expect to see in 2017:

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Topics: Welding, Aluminum, Shop Tools, Training, Auto Body Repair

Sneak Peek: Unitized Body Analysis and Repair Planning Course

Posted by Chief Automotive on Nov 18, 2016 10:05:00 AM

The best trained techs provide the best repairs. And when you work in an industry that goes through frequent transitions and adjustments, that training needs to be ongoing. Chief University is dedicated to providing up-to-date technician training, on the latest industry advancements, with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on learning. One common thread across most major car manufacturers today is unibody design. Chief’s Unitized Body Analysis and Repair Planning  is designed for entry level and experienced structural repair technicians who require training in unibody vehicle analysis and repair planning.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News, Training

Employee Rewards Programs for Your Shop

Posted by Chief Automotive on Nov 3, 2016 8:05:00 AM

For decades, “customer satisfaction” was the buzzword, because it was thought to be the key to a successful business. However, recently it’s been said that the success of your business starts a lot closer to home. It starts in your shop with your employees. 

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Topics: Training