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Dustin Peugeot


Total posts: 21
Last post: September 26, 2019

MTI Mechanic Spotlight: Jeff Boss Makes Career Change from Landscaper to Flat Rate Mechanic in 6 Months By Dustin Peugeot on  September 26, 2019

In his early 30s, Jeff Boss was trying to make a career change from his current job as a landscaper. He got a job as an hourly lube technician at Infiniti of Beachwood, but lacked the confidence needed to stay and find success in the industry. With zero experience performing electrical repairs or tire alignments, his Service Director, Cody Mapel, knew Matrix Trade Institute could provide the quick solution needed to turn Jeff into a confident and efficient mechanic.

For the next eight weeks, Jeff split his time between Infiniti and Matrix, completing all four UpSkill Efficiency Bootcamps: Steering and Suspension, Brake Repair, Basic Electrical, and General Service Efficiency.

“I had never done an alignment,” Jeff explained. “It looked like a lot of twisting bolts and walking around adjusting things. Now, I completely understand what I’m doing and why, from the angles to the machine, and how to do it faster. My last three alignments were between 20 and 30 minutes, and I’m ready for more every day.”

Like most of the students at Matrix, Jeff’s favorite part of training was the hands-on experience of being able to use torches.

“Learning to really use torches in the bootcamps changed the way I look at every job—especially on older cars—because I know how to troubleshoot and get through obstacles without needing help.”

After four successful bootcamps, Jeff will be going to a hybrid flat rate pay plan. He is looking forward to tackling it head on, making more money, and maximizing production every minute he’s on the clock.

“Above all else, I’ve learned that knowledge is confidence,” he says. “You can’t go into any job thinking you’re going to screw it up. Now, I go in with confidence, a plan, and an expectation to do it well and in good time. If Matrix did anything for me, it gave me the confidence I needed to stay in the industry and really succeed.”

Pleased with the results of Jeff’s training, Cody says, “Jeff has accelerated far more than I ever thought he could in a short time frame. He went from a landscaper to a hybrid flat rate tech in about six months. He’s worked for it and done all we’ve asked, but without Matrix that simply doesn’t happen.”

UpSkill Auto Mechanic Training for Lube and Auto Technicians

Matrix Trade Institute’s revolutionary UpSkill Efficiency Bootcamps can help you retain and grow your technicians to be productive, efficient and confident in upselling and performing basic operations. We offer two-week, 30-hour UpSkill Training for steering and suspension, brake repair, basic electric, and general service efficiency to help dealerships and repair shops increase the potential of their technicians by being more productive and efficient. Over the course of two weeks, your employees will split their time at your shop and our training program to keep production going.

Contact us today to learn more about our UpSkill Training and see how we can make your workforce more profitable for you.

MTI Mechanic Spotlight: Tim Frischkorn’s Career Jolted by Electrical Bootcamp By Dustin Peugeot on  August 13, 2019

For many young lube technicians and auto mechanics like Tim Frischkorn, electrical work can be very intimidating. As a self-taught mechanic, Tim had spent the past five years as a lube tech at Audi Bedford, and his lack of electrical knowledge was keeping him from moving forward in his career.

Like many repair shop managers, Jason Sweeney saw the raw potential in Tim, but didn’t have the time or resources to train in-house. That’s why he turned to Matrix Trade Institute as the solution to training his young mechanics.

Through our Electrical UpSkill Efficiency Bootcamp, Tim was able to learn how to conduct basic electrical repairs in as little as two weeks. Tim cites Matrix’s approach to teaching as the difference maker for him. Like many mechanics, he doesn’t describe himself as a “classroom” or “book” learner. Rather, Tim is more of a hands-on learner, where he needs to be able to see, touch, and work with the material he’s learning. That’s why we use interactive learning software over textbooks before going right to the breadboards and practicing hands-on repetitions on bugged vehicles in the shop.

Tim says, “After the Matrix Electrical Bootcamp, it was totally different. Once I understood short-to-grounds and how relays work, I started really liking it. Now, when a fuse pops, I know to start at the beginning, read the schematic, and follow the steps to a correct diagnosis in order to save time and fix it right.”

With the jolt to his confidence, Tim now looks forward to solving each electrical puzzle. Where other mechanics want to avoid deep-dive electrical concerns, Tim steps right up and tackles the issue. He now does as many as two to three electrical jobs per day, from wiring repairs to difficult diagnosis and repairs on advanced adaptive cruise control systems and lane departure systems.

UpSkill Auto Mechanic Training for Lube and Auto Technicians

Shops that don’t actively accelerate young tech growth are at the same risk of losing them just like everybody else. The only problem is, how will you find the time or resources to train them?

Matrix Trade Institute’s revolutionary UpSkill Efficiency Bootcamps can help you retain and grow your technicians to be productive, efficient and confident in upselling and performing basic operations. We offer two-week, 30-hour UpSkill Training for steering and suspension, brake repair, basic electric, and general service efficiency to help dealerships and repair shops increase the potential of their technicians by being more productive and efficient. Over the course of two weeks, your employees will split their time at your shop and our training program to keep production going.

Contact us today to learn more about our UpSkill Training and see how we can make your workforce more profitable for you.

MTI Mechanic Spotlight: Ryan Frank Goes from Lube Tech with a Bad Attitude to Efficient and Confident Mechanic in 8 Weeks By Dustin Peugeot on  July 31, 2019

Matrix Trade Institute mechanic.Ryan Frank had one foot out the door. At 21 years old, he was an hourly lube tech at Honda of Mentor, producing only 15 hours per week. It’s no wonder he was considering a career change.

His service director, Gary Dalton, wasn’t sure Ryan was going to make it. He could see glimpses of talent, but it was overshadowed by the chip on Ryan’s shoulder. Ryan’s bad attitude stemmed from a lack of confidence and insecurity about his ability and career path that often overwhelmed him. Gary knew he could trust Matrix Trade Institute to turn Ryan’s attitude and career around.

When Ryan came to Matrix for the pre-assessment interview, he said he could tell they were serious about making him better and had total confidence in the process right from the get-go. He said, “I realized then it was up to me because this is exactly what I needed and it was right in front of me.”

After completing all four UpSkill Efficiency Bootcamps, Ryan nearly tripled his productivity, flagging nearly 40 hours a week while still on the lube rack. He cites the small class size, hands-on repetitions, and the positive attention of the instructors as the key difference makers for him.

“Matrix pushed me and made me believe in myself,” Ryan said. “I started looking forward to going to work almost immediately because for the first time in my career I had confidence in what I was doing and knew they believed in me. If Gary hadn’t supported me and given me the opportunity with Matrix, I wouldn’t be at Honda of Mentor. It was everything to me.”

Ryan will soon be promoted to the line and can’t wait to attack the flat-rate compensation plan soon.

“The Matrix training turned Ryan around,” Gary said. “His attitude, his work ethic, his confidence—it was almost an immediate change. We’d have lost him otherwise, and I really don’t know what Ryan would be doing. Now, I’m throwing him everything from alignments to electrical problems to brake work, and he’s killing it. He’s looking to increase hours and find efficiencies and is so engaged that he wants to work extra when it’s there. He’s going to be a real leader for us going forward.”

UpSkill Auto Mechanic Training for Lube and Auto Technicians

Shops that don’t actively accelerate young tech growth are at the same risk of losing them just like everybody else. The only problem is, how will you find the time or resources to train them?

Matrix Trade Institute’s revolutionary UpSkill Efficiency Bootcamps can help you retain and grow your technicians to be productive, efficient and confident in upselling and performing basic operations. We offer two-week, 30-hour UpSkill Training for steering and suspension, brake repair, basic electric, and general service efficiency to help dealerships and repair shops increase the potential of their technicians by being more productive and efficient. Over the course of two weeks, your employees will split their time at your shop and our training program to keep production going.

Contact us today to learn more about our UpSkill Training and see how we can make your workforce more profitable for you.

MTI Mechanic Spotlight: Nico Grolimund Increases Efficiency by 400% By Dustin Peugeot on  July 19, 2019

As a lube tech at Porsche of Beachwood, Nico Grolimund was flagging a mere 15 hours per pay period. He lacked the confidence and was nervous about making mistake due to his lack of hands-on experience. Like many dealerships, his service director, David Eschbaugh, didn’t have the time or resources to give Nico the focused, hands-on training needed to advance his career. That’s why he sent Nico to Matrix Trade Institute.

During our Steering & Suspension Upskill Efficiency Bootcamp, Nico learned to properly pre-inspect and set up a tire alignment. After several repetitions against the clock—each time learning to hone his process to eliminate time wasted—Nico found his groove.

Since his UpSkill Efficiency Bootcamp training, Nico’s production is up 400%. He went from averaging 15 flagged hours per pay period to over 60 by looking for efficiencies in every job, such as making fewer trips to the parts counter and knowing how and where to eliminate downtime.

Nico is now tackling diagnosis and repairs with confidence, which Nico cites as the biggest change. He says, “Matrix gave me the confidence to know that I was the doing the right things the right way because they make you understand the theory, how to do it properly, and then they watch you practice and help you get better.”

This is just the beginning of a long-term and highly productive career for Nico with Porsche of Beachwood and the Penske Automotive Group. You can read more student success stories here.

UpSkill Auto Mechanic Training for Lube and Auto Technicians

Shops that don’t actively accelerate young tech growth are at the same risk of losing them just like everybody else. The only problem is, how will you find the time or resources to train them?

Matrix Trade Institute’s revolutionary UpSkill Efficiency Bootcamps can help you retain and grow your technicians to be productive, efficient and confident in upselling and performing basic operations. We offer two-week, 30-hour UpSkill Training for steering and suspension, brake repair, basic electric, and general service efficiency to help dealerships and repair shops increase the potential of their technicians by being more productive and efficient. Over the course of two weeks, your employees will split their time at your shop and our training program to keep production going.

Contact us today to learn more about our UpSkill Training and see how we can make your workforce more profitable for you.

Why Your Child Should Pursue a Career as an Auto Mechanic By Dustin Peugeot on  July 19, 2019

As a parent, you want what’s best for your child: You want to see your son or daughter succeed in a career and be able to financially support themselves. Going to college is not always the best way for your child to get there. If your child is a hands-on learner and is interested in a trade profession, a career as an auto mechanic may be the right path for them. Here are a few reasons why your son or daughter should become an auto mechanic.

1. Great Pay

While the traditional college degree can leave your child with thousands in debt and four years wasted with no guarantee of a job, mechanics can spend that time taking control of their financial destinies and earning with paid internships and jobs at top dealerships and repair shops. In the time it would take to earn a bachelor’s degree (assuming your child never changes his or her major), our estimations show that your child can earn nearly $140,000 and possess a lifelong skill. With four years’ experience, properly trained mechanics can expect to earn an hourly rate of about $25 by then, which equates to over $50,000 annually, plus efficiency bonuses for top performers.

2. More Variety

Welders weld. Electricians wire. Machine operators operate machines…over and over and over again. Choosing a career as an auto mechanic provides the opportunity to become a jack of all trades and is never the same from one day to the next. From brake repair to electrical issues, mechanics will tackle many different jobs during every shift. While variety makes work interesting, being well-rounded and resourceful is essential to making good money and always having career options.

3. Fringe Benefits

Along with great pay, there are several fringe benefits that come with being an auto mechanic. Unlike other trade professions, mechanics have the luxury of being able to work indoors 365 days a year. Thrive as an individual if that’s your speed and win as part of a team. Not to mention, being able to work on your own vehicles, your Mom’s car, your spouse’s SUV, and the neighbor’s van is a huge benefit. Being able to make a few extra thousand each year is a life-long benefit to becoming a properly trained auto mechanic.

4. Growth Opportunity

A vast majority of current auto techs are retiring. The industry is already begging for more mechanics and the cry is only going to get louder as techs retire and the number of vehicles on the road increases, thanks to the rise of ecommerce and delivery services. Plus, most highly compensated service managers, shop owners, and manufacturer service reps began and earned their stripes by working as mechanics. You can literally take it anywhere.

5. Job Security

Lack of supply drives increased demand. As cars last longer, maintenance and repair increase. As technicians retire, demand for techs and the wages being offered will continue their rapid upward trajectory. And perhaps most important, even in an uncertain economy, people and businesses must keep their vehicles up and running in order to keep moving forward. Vehicle repair is virtually recession-proof, and your son or daughter can be, too, with a career as a properly trained auto mechanic.

Choose Wisely

Rather than waste the time and money on a college education with no guarantee of a job and racking up thousands of dollars in debt, Matrix Trade Institute’s 20-week automotive technician efficiency training program provides a clear path beginning with hands-on education and leading to an in-demand career with unlimited earning potential and job security.

Get the right tools on day one, learn to work with them every day by using them properly with real world hands-on instruction and repetition. Learn to score efficiently and maximize success. Accelerated hands-on programs like the revolutionary approach at Matrix go against the grain of traditional education. We prioritize earning with hands-on learning with paid internships that turn into full-time jobs with great companies who offer up to full tuition reimbursement upon graduation.

Contact us today to learn more. In the meantime, your child can take our Aptitude Test to see if a career as an auto mechanic is right for them.

MTI Mechanic Spotlight: Shadee Abed Gains the Confidence Needed to Advance His Career By Dustin Peugeot on  June 27, 2019

Shadee Abed had hit a wall in his career and lacked the confidence to drive it forward. After attending Ohio Technical College’s two-year program, he found a job at Penske Toyota of Bedford, where he’s been stuck in an hourly lube tech job for nearly three years.

On basic electrical repairs, for example, Shadee didn’t know where to begin, nor would his manager, Anthony Berzin, ever consider giving him this kind of job. Anthony didn’t have the resources in-house to provide Shadee with the focused training he needed. But he saw the untapped potential Shadee had and knew Matrix Trade Institute could give him the hands-on training and confidence boost he needed.

A week into our Basic Electrical Upskill Effiiciency Bootcamp, Shadee was handed a faulty horn to test his learning. He followed the steps he had learned, was able to read the wiring schematic, verified power to the fuse, and ultimately was able to properly diagnose the fault. That was the confidence he needed, and the payoff to the hard work he’d done at Matrix had begun.

Fast forward to today, and Shadee now enjoys electrical work and is willing to assist other co-workers when needed. His advice, “Follow the proper steps, and you’ll always get there.”

Having completed all four UpSkill Efficiency Bootcamps (Basic Electrical, Steering and Suspension, Brake Repair, and General Service), Shadee is heading to flat rate soon and perhaps a transition into a used car tech role. Shadee cites the hands-on training at Matrix as the huge difference maker for him and is very appreciative of his manager and Penske for putting him through all four UpSkill Efficiency Bootamps. He now looks forward to advancing his career with Penske Auto Group and Toyota of Bedford.

UpSkill Auto Mechanic Training for Lube and Auto Technicians

Shops that don’t actively accelerate young tech growth are at the same risk of losing them just like everybody else. The only problem is, how will you find the time or resources to train them?

Matrix Trade Institute’s revolutionary UpSkill Efficiency Bootcamps can help you retain and grow your technicians to be productive, efficient and confident in upselling and performing basic operations. We offer two-week, 30-hour UpSkill Training for steering and suspension, brake repair, basic electric, and general service efficiency to help dealerships and repair shops increase the potential of their technicians by being more productive and efficient. Over the course of two weeks, your employees will split their time at your shop and our training program to keep production going.
Contact us today to learn more about our UpSkill Training and see how we can make your workforce more profitable for you.

MTI Mechanic Spotlight: Ty Holloway Increases Efficiency from 55% to 145% By Dustin Peugeot on  June 21, 2019

At 25-years-old, Ty Holloway, is a self-taught hybrid hourly/flat rate lube tech at Ganley Subaru East in Wickliffe. A couple weeks ago, he averaged 22 hours per week, making him only 55% efficient. He severely lacked the proper efficiency skills and hands-on training needed to advance his career. Back then, Ty would have not only missed a broken tie-rod, but he wouldn’t have even been able to replace it, even if it were dispatched to him. That’s why his service director, Phil Almas, sent him to Matrix Trade Institute.

After Day 3 of our Steering & Suspension Upskill Efficiency Bootcamp, Ty diagnosed a bad tie-rod, then sold and replaced it before the job was even dispatched to him. Now, with two Upskill Efficiency Bootcamps under his belt (and two more to go!), Ty is now flagging 29 hours per week in only 20 clock hours while he trains for three hours every afternoon at Matrix. Ty is now upselling and beating the clock on alignments at 145% efficiency.

Thanks to his hard work, Ty looks forward to advancing his career and going flat-rate at Ganley Subaru. His experience was so eye-opening, Ty even recruited a former co-worker of his from Valvoline to join the Ganely Subaru team, so that he, too, could attend Matrix UpSkill Efficiency Bootcamps and accelerate his career with Ganley

UpSkill Auto Mechanic Training for Lube and Auto Technicians

Shops that don’t actively accelerate young tech growth are at the same risk of losing them just like everybody else. The only problem is, how will you find the time or resources to train them?

Matrix Trade Institute’s revolutionary UpSkill Efficiency Bootcamps can help you retain and grow your technicians to be productive, efficient and confident in upselling and performing basic operations. We offer two-week, 30-hour UpSkill training for steering and suspension, brake repair, basic electric, and general service efficiency to help dealerships and repair shops increase the potential of their technicians by being more productive and efficient. Over the course of two weeks, your employees will split their time at your shop and our training program to keep production going.

Contact us today to learn more about our UpSkill Training and see how we can make your workforce more profitable for you.

Why It’s Important for Employers to Invest in Their Auto Technicians By Dustin Peugeot on  May 22, 2019

It’s important for every business to invest in its employees. When you’ve already put so much time and effort into hiring them and assimilating them to your culture, it’s a huge waste to lose them and start back at square one with someone new. With technicians aging and retiring at a rapid pace, it’s absolutely critical to invest in your young technicians before they start defecting. Here are three reasons why you need to start investing in your young technicians now.

 

There’s a widening skills gap.

There is a large and growing demand for auto technicians. Look around your shop. How old are your technicians? More than half will likely be retiring in the next 10-15 years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 46,000 auto technicians will be needed by 2026.

Between a lack of interest in auto mechanic careers from Millennials and Gen Z and a tightening labor market, it’s going to be hard to fill open auto mechanic jobs. It’s important to nurture your entry-level lube technicians, grow their skills and efficiency and build loyalty to keep your workforce strong. Providing focused, professional training and growth opportunities will improve technician retention and help with recruiting all while increasing productivity.

 

Turnover is expensive.

It costs thousands to replace an employee, and it’s a huge problem for the auto repair industry. The turnover rate among dealerships has increased to over 27%, according to an Automotive News article, as employees who don’t feel like they’re developing in a company are 12 times more likely to leave it.

After a couple years, your entry-level technicians will be looking to move on from oil changes and tire rotations to more skilled operations like brake repairs, electrical diagnosis, steering and suspension, HVAC and more. If you don’t provide this training and show them the path to advancement, your technicians will go elsewhere.

 

Efficiency increases profits.

Time equals money. Look at your technicians’ hours, unapplied time, and upselling opportunities. About 70 percent of your business is focused on upselling and performing steering and suspension, brakes, general service and basic electrical operations. Are your technicians reaching their full potential?

By training your employees to be more efficient, you’ll be able to maximize production by working smarter, not harder, to make more money.

 

UpSkill Auto Mechanic Training for Lube and Auto Technicians

Shops that don’t actively accelerate young tech growth are at the same risk of losing them just like everybody else. The only problem is, how will you find the time or resources to train them?

Matrix Trade Institute’s revolutionary UpSkill Efficiency Training can help you retain and grow your technicians to be productive, efficient and confident in upselling and performing basic operations. We offer two-week, 30-hour UpSkill Training for steering and suspension, brake repair, basic electric, and general service efficiency to help dealerships and repair shops increase the potential of their technicians by being more productive and efficient. Over the course of two weeks, your employees will split their time at your shop and our training program to keep production going.

Local SkillUp training in Cuyahoga County can even reimburse your cost to train your workforce up to 100%. As an added benefit, your technicians will be eligible for up to a 50% discount on Matco tools during their training, so they can minimize tool debt and come back to your shop ready to earn.

Contact us today to learn more about our UpSkill Training and see how we can make your workforce more profitable for you.

Are You a Hands-on Learner? By Dustin Peugeot on  April 17, 2019

Studying from a textbook doesn’t work for all students. It’s not because they’re incompetent; it just means that other learning styles work best for them. Hands-on learners learn best by doing and have great muscle memory, which is a type of long-term memory that’s developed through repetitions.

Students who are hands-on learners are often successful in careers where they can use their senses, work with tools, and think on their feet. That’s why many hands-on learners find jobs as auto mechanics to be a natural fit and a rewarding career path.

Are you a hands-on learner? Take the quiz below to find out.

Hands-On Efficiency Training

Textbook learning isn’t for everyone, especially for today’s auto mechanic students who would rather work with their hands and interact with technology than study a book. To benefit hands-on learners, students at Matrix Trade Institute use game-based learning technology to virtually perform repair tasks, then head over to complete hands-on repetitions in our shop.

Take our aptitude test to experience our video game learning software first hand, and see if you have what it takes to enter the field with endless job opportunities and security. Contact us to learn more.

How Lube Techs Can Become More Profitable By Dustin Peugeot on  April 12, 2019

Lube technician jobs serve as a great point of entry for aspiring mechanics to get a feel for the automotive repair industry. However, after a couple years, they’ll be looking to move on from oil changes and tire rotations to more skilled operations like brake repairs, electrical maintenance, and tire alignments. Their greatest source of anxiety is how and when?

The Auto Repair Industry Has a Problem with Career Advancement

All too often, repair shops and dealerships struggle to find time for their veteran mechanics to train their lube techs in order to advance their career. Not to mention, learning from a veteran technician in the shop is expensive and inefficient and actually hurts employee morale and retention.

An Automotive News article says younger techs are desperately seeking a clear career path from the quick-lube lane to master-tech status. However, when career paths are unclear and advancement becomes stagnant, lube techs are sure to find work elsewhere.

Employee retention is a critical component of any business, especially in the auto repair industry as techs continue to age and retire with fewer candidates entering the field. Yet, the turnover rate among dealerships has increased to over 27% per the previously mentioned Automotive News article, compared to the 18% turnover rate across all industries. When you’ve already put so much time into training your lube techs to your shop culture, it only wastes time and money having to find and train a replacement, putting you back at square one.

Two-Week Training for Lube Techs

In the spirit of challenging what has always been, consider this the next time you look at the hours, unapplied time and charted advancement schedule of your lube technicians: Shops that don’t actively accelerate young tech growth are at the same risk of losing them just like everybody else.

Matrix Trade Institute’s revolutionary bootcamps can train a lube tech to be productive, efficient and confident in upselling and performing steering and suspension, brakes, general service efficiency and basic electrical operations. That’s about 70 percent of your business. By establishing a clear career path, your lube techs will be more productive and make you more profitable.

MTI offers two-week, 30-hour efficiency boot camps to help dealerships and repair shops increase the potential of their lube techs by being more productive and efficient. Over the course of two weeks, your employees will split their time at your shop and our training program to keep production going. Local SkillUp training in Cuyahoga County can even reimburse your cost to train your workforce up to 100%.

We offer four skill advancement and efficiency boot camps: steering and suspension, brake repair, basic electric, and general service efficiency. As an added benefit, your lube techs will be eligible for a 50% discount on Matco tools during their training, so they can minimize tool debt and come back to your shop ready to earn.

Contact us today to learn more about our training modules and see how we can make your lube techs more confident and efficient in two weeks.