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Old 02-07-2013, 03:46 PM   #41
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:23 PM   #42
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Is anybody on here an actual tech in a dealership or knows one that can answer this simple question? I'm going to uti and I want to join the BMW program but I first wanna know how many hours they put in a week doing flat rate, do the dealerships get a lot of recalls or just preventive maintenance
Go to a BMW dealership and ask to speak to the service manager.
Tell him about your career goals and ask him what it is like to work on BMW's as opposed to other car models.

Tell him you like Bimmers and you like his dealership. Ask him what an average day is like in the maintenance dept and what kind of credentials they look for when they hire someone new.

Be aggressive, confident and professional.

Thank him for his time and when you have some down time at UTI, like for Christmas or Easter or Summer vacation, ask for a seasonal job, even if it is washing cars.

You will have a much better time of getting a job when you graduate.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:52 PM   #43
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Go to a BMW dealership and ask to speak to the service manager.
Tell him about your career goals and ask him what it is like to work on BMW's as opposed to other car models.

Tell him you like Bimmers and you like his dealership. Ask him what an average day is like in the maintenance dept and what kind of credentials they look for when they hire someone new.

Be aggressive, confident and professional.

Thank him for his time and when you have some down time at UTI, like for Christmas or Easter or Summer vacation, ask for a seasonal job, even if it is washing cars.

You will have a much better time of getting a job when you graduate.
Yup, it's called an informational interview. Good tactic.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:24 PM   #44
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Go to a BMW dealership and ask to speak to the service manager.
Tell him about your career goals and ask him what it is like to work on BMW's as opposed to other car models.

Tell him you like Bimmers and you like his dealership. Ask him what an average day is like in the maintenance dept and what kind of credentials they look for when they hire someone new.

Be aggressive, confident and professional.

Thank him for his time and when you have some down time at UTI, like for Christmas or Easter or Summer vacation, ask for a seasonal job, even if it is washing cars.

You will have a much better time of getting a job when you graduate.
Thanks very much, I'm going to do this first thing Saturday morning and I will let you guys know how it goes

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Old 02-08-2013, 01:52 PM   #45
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there's always work.
I very much disagree. Every dealer I have worked for, multiple times, have had down times where there was no work after 1 or 2pm. This is not just with bmw, but multiple brands. And one of these was a very large bmw dealer. It doesn't happen all the time, but it does happen.

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But starting out of course you aren't going to be making as much as a tech that's been there 5+ years or a master tech. Starting out you'll most likely be doing light repairs and not a lot of hours.
Yes, most dealers will start you out normal hourly not flat rate, and having you do oil changes, free work, etc.
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BMW techs around here in the DC area are paid off of the hours of work they complete on each car. so in a two week pay period you can make anywhere from as low as 70 hours up to as much work as you can handle. most techs at my dealer average around 80-100 hours per person. you do not get overtime pay. There are only a couple techs who make 120 hours and that is because they work their asses to the bone. One tech makes close to 140 hours average and he uses 3 lifts and has almost a 0 comeback rate. You will be deducted hours also if you have a comeback that is your fault.

Also for those who say there isnt always work.. THERE IS ALWAYS WORK around here. My dealer BMW of Rockville is walk-in no apoinment needed from 730am to 7pm.
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at work or at home?

i mean , a bmw tech could put 35 hours at work and 45 hours on the toilet

wtf are you on bro?
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I'm so glad I found this thread, I'm planning on going to UTI for the BMW program after I get my business degree.
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Probably the Orlando one, I still have another year and a half of my business degree to go before I can start looking into tech schools.
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I absolutely HATED UTI in orlando. I was the 2nd class to go through the program when they started it there. All they were worried about was cramming class sizes and dress code. I was promised small class sizes (around 10-15 students per instructor), our classes had anywhere from 20-30 students at a time. School was WAY overpriced and all it was, was a step in the door to a dealership because you still start out at a dealer as an entry level tech. They will lead you to believe that you will come out making $50-$75k a year (what our recruiter told us) which is very untrue. We had multiple people from our class quit midway through. It was a horrible experience. /rant

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We are slammed every day...the only period the cars stop coming is 12-1 pm (lunch break lol)
I wish that's how we were. The last 4 dealers I have worked for have never been like that.
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Is anybody on here an actual tech in a dealership or knows one that can answer this simple question? I'm going to uti and I want to join the BMW program but I first wanna know how many hours they put in a week doing flat rate, do the dealerships get a lot of recalls or just preventive maintenance
I was a tech for a couple years at a BMW dealership. We started at 8, had a hour lunch, and went home at 5. M-F weekends off. How much work depends on the dealership, time of year, and luck of the draw. Sometimes we had to work alittle over but not ususally, occasioanlly we would be dead and could leave early if we wanted.
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I haven't seen a dealer be closed on a saturday in forever. I wish we could close saturdays! All the dealers around here close at like 1, but we work all day.
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Is there any way in, credentials-wise besides UTI?

I love the idea of working on BMWs but I hate the idea of getting ass-rheamed by a for-profit school.

Also I have literally heard not one positive thing about UTI from previous students. Hell I see a lot of those same guys working at auto zone.
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I got in through a local trade school. Just talk to the dealership, they may even send you to school themselves. I know several of our techs back in the day walked in off the street...

It's a pretty shitty career choice. I've been doing it for 11 years now and I want to cry every morning.

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Is there any way in, credentials-wise besides UTI?

I love the idea of working on BMWs but I hate the idea of getting ass-rheamed by a for-profit school.

Also I have literally heard not one positive thing about UTI from previous students. Hell I see a lot of those same guys working at auto zone.
Yup, I've don't think I've heard many positives from any past students. You could take an auto class at a local community college as a foot in the door, or start out at an oil change place for a little while to build a little experience. Then go apply at the dealer. I know we have been hurting at work for a tech or two lately. Turn around in the tech industry is pretty high.

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I got in through a local trade school. Just talk to the dealership, they may even send you to school themselves. I know several of our techs back in the day walked in off the street...
Yup, has happened here too.

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It's a pretty shitty career choice. I've been doing it for 11 years now and I want to cry every morning.
Was true for me too. I hated being a tech.
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