Apprentice Technician Job at Graham Auto Repair


Are you a lube technician and tired of not advancing? Do you love technology and want to move forward in a career that challenges you? Are you looking for a team that cares about your family life? When you build your career with us at Graham Auto Repair, we can give you all of this and more! We have two shop locations for you to consider: Graham Auto Repair in Pierce County is located in Graham, WA. Graham Auto Repair in Thurston County is located in Yelm, WA.

Our Washington State Certified Apprentice Program can be completed in 4 years or less, depending on your prior experience in the Automotive Industry. Our program combines weekly online classes with on the job training. The ultimate goal: For you to earn the title of Master Technician. This will enable you to have very high earning wages.


What are the position responsibilities for an Apprentice Technician?

  • Every Apprentice starts with an introductory period to ensure that this program and our team is the best fit for their career.
  • This is a full-time position, with a Monday-Friday work week.
  • Apprentice Technicians are assigned an in-shop Mentor to assist them on their journey.
  • Collaborate with your assigned mentor for any assigned work to meet your current apprentice level.
  • Through the Washington State iTAC Apprenticeship Program, complete predetermined On The Job Training hours.
  • Complete weekly online education modules provided by the state program.
  • During the program Apprentices will learn to properly diagnose, maintain, and repair automotive systems.
  • These systems include: vehicle inspections, shop safety, engine repair, automatic transmission & trans axle, manual drivetrain & axle, suspension & steering, brakes, electrical/electronics, heating, ventilation, A/C, and engine performance.
  • Complete the Related Supplemental Instruction (RSI) modules timely in accordance with the iTAC requirements.
  • Submit the monthly work progress timecard to Human Resources timely.
  • Diagnose the cause of any malfunction & perform correct repair(s).
  • Perform a digital vehicle inspection (DVI) on every vehicle.
  • Perform work as outlined on the work order with efficiency & accuracy. Adhere to both shop & factory standards.
  • Follow the set guidelines by using correct procedures, manuals, diagrams & safety protocols.
  • Must comply with safety regulations, personal protective equipment (PPE) & shop procedures.
  • Report any unsafe or negligent actions or repairs to the Production Manager immediately.
  • Test drive all vehicles before & after services. Use diagnostic tools & special service equipment to test components & systems.
  • Maintain detailed records of repairs, services performed, and parts used. Including documentation of the diagnostic results & recommendations.
  • Immediately communicate with the Service Advisor if any additional work is needed.
  • Correctly & adequately document & explain repairs, issues & recommended services for our customers.
  • Execute repairs under warranty to the manufacturer specifications.
  • Perform auto care & maintenance tasks. This includes oil services, fluid checks, heating & cooling inspections, tire inspections, and more.
  • Provide exceptional customer service.
  • Responsible for keeping the bay area, shop area, & lunchroom clean, organized & safe at all times.
  • Maintain a professional appearance.
  • "Pickle" all vehicles; to include vacuuming & cleaning windows.

How does our pay work?

  • Apprentice Technician Pay Range: $37,024 - $58,614 Annually.
  • Pay is dependent on experience & skill level. Pay progression is determined by the Apprentice Program.
  • Weekly bonuses can also be earned for current ASE Certifications and team productivity.
  • Don't have a toolbox? That's okay! We will provide a toolbox and basic tools for you to get started.

What are some benefits of building your career with us?

  • 5-day work week, Monday-Friday. Have your weekends off!
  • Paid weekly on Fridays.
  • Continuous paid training throughout the year.
  • Medical, dental & 401k with company match.
  • State-of-the-art equipment in a well-organized shop with multiple bays.
  • Digital inspections & live daily reports.
  • A leadership team that wants to hear your voice & is willing to learn, so they can grow.
  • Team meetings, family outings & other activities.

What are some requirements for an Apprentice Technician?

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED. Or be enrolled in an iTAC approved High School or College Automotive Program.
  • A valid state driver's license & a satisfactory driving record are required.
  • Must obtain 609 Certification within 30 days of hire.
  • Must test for two ASEs per year until A1-A8 Certifications are obtained.
  • Have the ability to follow instructions with a strong attention to detail.
  • Have the ability to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • Have the ability to use power & hand tools.
  • Have excellent communication & organizational skills.

What are the physical & mental demands and working conditions?

  • Must be able to walk & stand for long periods of time.
  • Work involves repetitive movements; such as, bending, reaching, stretching, kneeling, stooping, crouching & crawling.
  • Must have hand and eye coordination.
  • Must have excellent manual dexterity & fine motor skills.
  • Must have the ability to reach above head for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to work safely in a noisy area with odors present.
  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements; such as, extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • There is considerable physical activity involved.
  • Work requires heavy physical work; such as, heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling of required objects up to 50 pounds.
  • Physical work is a primary part of the job (more than 70%).
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require you to follow basic safety precautions.

Productivity is important!

  • Our service & sales teams come together for daily morning meetings, to coordinate the day.
  • We have monthly one-on-one meetings for open communication about training & growth.
  • Both shops come together for quarterly meetings and Team events. Two shops, one Team! 
  • We expect our leadership team to be open to hearing the unvarnished truth without ego, and to listen generously.
  • These open lines of communication keep our shops as efficient and productive as possible!

How do I apply?

Get started today by clicking the "Apply Now" button below. We always accept applications for future opportunities with our team. Please provide us with your current resume. Be sure to include details of your professional career experience. Once we receive your application, our Hiring Team will reach out to schedule an interview.

Graham Auto Repair is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We will always accept applications for future opportunities with our Team. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you have a disability and you believe you need a reasonable accommodation in order to search for a job opening or to submit an application online, please email us at: [email protected].


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