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Think about how many professional teachers found their calling. This is Michael Eilbracht and his take on becoming a trainer.

 

Michael Eilbracht knows he has found his calling to be an industry trainer and shares lessons on becoming a trainer. He has presented at Vision and will parlay his career as a Full-Time Transit Bus Technician, and owner of MJE Diagnostics into a professional Heavy Duty Electrical and Drive-ability Training Business. 

This is a ‘real story’ on finding your groove and sticking to it. Listen to the depth of his experience and for his passion to help people.

Michael Eilbracht is Full-Time Transit Bus Technician for the Champaign & Urbana Mass Transit District in Urbana, Illinois and also runs MJE Diagnostics which is a Heavy Duty Electrical and Drive-ability Training Business.  Michael has 22 years of experience as a Transit Bus technician with ASE Master Transit Bus Certification and is also an L2 Advanced Level Specialist. He also has numerous Factory Certifications from Cummins, Allison Transmission, ZF Transmissions, Detroit Diesel and Thermo King.

 

Michael has also been to OEM Training for New Flyer and Gillig Buses. For four years Michael also Instructed at Parkland College in Champaign IL for the Diesel Power Equipment Technology Program where he taught Intro to Electrical Systems for Agriculture, Heavy Equipment, and Motor Truck.  Michael started his Heavy Duty Electrical and Drive-ability Training Business 1 year ago. Michael enjoys instructing and helping others and takes great pride knowing that he is making a difference for the Heavy Duty Industry. For the future, Michael hopes to also be able to provide Mobile Diagnostic Services or his current customers and his new ones as well. He is also the Midwest Distributor for Autonerdz.com 

 

Key Talking Points:

  •  Aspires to be mobile heavy duty tech
    • Sees need and help requests from truck shops and dealerships
  • Trainer
    • Met with old diesel instructor and asked if he could instruct electrical for 4 years at community college
    • Learned diagnostics and saw advantages of niche market 
    • Loves training and keeps it relaxed and relate-able 
    • Has hands on instruction approach 
    • Encourages former students to reach out and ask for advice
  • Advice
    • Need constant  updated training 
    • Diesels aren’t the same as before- modules, controls etc

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This episode is brought to you by AAPEX, the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo. AAPEX represents the $740 billion AAPEX_logo_CMYK_with_tagline-1440x621.jpglobal automotive aftermarket industry and has everything you need to stay ahead of the curve. With 2,500 exhibiting companies, you’ll see the latest products, parts, and technologies for your business. As a result, the event also offers advanced training for shop owners, technicians, warehouse distributors (WDs) and auto parts retailers, as well as networking opportunities to grow your business. AAPEX 2019 will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5 through Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Therefore, more than 48,000 targeted buyers are expected to attend, and approximately 162,000 automotive aftermarket professionals. They will be from 135 countries which are projected to be in Las Vegas during AAPEX 2019. For information, visit aapexshow.com

 

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      It always amazes me when I hear about a technician who quits one repair shop to go work at another shop for less money. I know you have heard of this too, and you’ve probably asked yourself, “Can this be true? And Why?” The answer rests within the culture of the company. More specifically, the boss, manager, or a toxic work environment literally pushed the technician out the door.
      While money and benefits tend to attract people to a company, it won’t keep them there. When a technician begins to look over the fence for greener grass, that is usually a sign that something is wrong within the workplace. It also means that his or her heart is probably already gone. If the issue is not resolved, no amount of money will keep that technician for the long term. The heart is always the first to leave. The last thing that leaves is the technician’s toolbox.
      Shop owners: Focus more on employee retention than acquisition. This is not to say that you should not be constantly recruiting. You should. What it does means is that once you hire someone, your job isn’t over, that’s when it begins. Get to know your technicians. Build strong relationships. Have frequent one-on-ones. Engage in meaningful conversation. Find what truly motivates your technicians. You may be surprised that while money is a motivator, it’s usually not the prime motivator.
      One last thing; the cost of technician turnover can be financially devastating. It also affects shop morale. Do all you can to create a workplace where technicians feel they are respected, recognized, and know that their work contributes to the overall success of the company. This will lead to improved morale and team spirit. Remember, when you see a technician’s toolbox rolling out of the bay on its way to another shop, the heart was most likely gone long before that.
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