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Kevin Fitzpatrick is the Vice President of North American Operations at Autologic Diagnostics Ltd. Mr. Fitzpatrick served as Chief Executive Officer at Autologic.us. for five years. His affiliation with Autologic began when he first served as a partner in eLearning, Inc., d/b/a Autologic.us, which began distributing Autologic’s diagnostic tools in 2006. During this time, he developed and staffed the first Autologic tech support center in the U.S., which provided dealer-trained tech support for BMW/Mini, Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Volvo, Porsche, and Volkswagen/Audi. He managed all U.S. sales, tech support, and marketing. In addition, he was credited with developing an extensive training program for Autologic Diagnostic customers in conjunction with WORLDPAC. He serves on the board of directors of the Equipment and Tool Institute, an automotive aftermarket industry trade association. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Communications from St John’s University in Queens, N.Y.

Steve Zack has been Technical Instructor for OTC for 24 years. He is ASE L1 certified and is a U.S. EPA certified Emission Master Instructor. He has been a technician and an instructor for most of his career with a short stint as a service engineer. Steve has traveled North America and internationally helping technicians understand how to use their electronic test equipment to diagnose difficult drivability issues using a hands-on approach. He has been published many times and has been featured in numerous diagnostic videos.

Matt Fanslow is the diagnostic tech/shop manager at Riverside Automotive in Red Wing, MN.  His primary responsibilities are to diagnose driveability and electrical/electronic issues, and perform most programming, coding, initializing, adaptions, etc. Basically, if it needs to be figured out or has wires, it goes to Matt. He’s been a tech since 1996.

Matt is also a subject matter expert for ASE and has instructed at Vision Hi-Tech Training and Expo.

Matt has participated on 18 ASE technical committees for the ASE Practice Test, A6, A7, A8, and L1 tests. He’s also done case studies for Standard Motor Products.

Fanslow’s goal is to do everything in his power to improve the overall level of professionalism within the automotive and light truck repair trade and also raise the level of its public image. Hear Matt in these Remarkable Results Radio Episodes HERE.

 

Key Talking Points:

  • Kevin Fitzpatrick
    • Technicians need training- virtual online training
    • Vendors heavily involved in industry- engaged with technicians in repair shops
    • “On the couch” technician- stressed and need support and turns into new ideas and services fixes for software and products, need a different perspective to solve issues
    • Kevin also owns a repair shop
  • Steve Zack
    • Bosch 27 years
    • ADAS Calibration- need to follow all procedures and specifications (certain length bay, sunlight), dynamic and static calibrations, not profit center at this point
    • Writes his own classes
    • Shorten classes
    • There is no shortage of great training available
  • Matt Fanslow
    • Advice for attending Big Event- walk the show floor and meet new vendors, learn what is new and what’s coming, and ask questions on troubleshooting tools. Give them your legitimate time to show their goods. They have helped defray a large portion of the cost of training.
    • Visit booths of the companies that you already own the tool/equipment. Ask the questions on what else can the tool do?  Get specific.
    • The verbiage in the industry must change:
      • Basic electrical. Maybe should be called ‘Fundamentals’ or ‘Principles’ or ‘Physics’ of electricity
      • Techs need this training, so maybe marketing with a nice title would draw more and help them become a top diagnostician  
  • Aftermarket progression- shorter training periods in classroom and online with topics technicians can get excited about, electronic handouts, must-attend events and feel the camaraderie   
  • Challenges exist for ADAS calibration

 

Resources:

  • Thanks to Kevin Fitzpatrick, Steve Zack, and Matt Fanslow for their contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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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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