Derick

Technician/Shop Foreman at Medi-CAR Auto Repair, Rosemount, MN

What was your career path to get to your current position?

When I left high school I had a connection to play junior college football in Hibbing. While the community college offered education in many different trades, I was interested in their automotive program. When I completed college, I moved back to the Twin Cities and worked as a lube tech for Jiffy Lube. After a few years I moved on to an independent shop name Century Ave Service where I was a lite duty tech. I’ve remained friends with the owners and still help out at this shop on Saturdays. My next career step was at a franchise shop until I joined Medi-CAR Auto Repair in June, 2013 and have worked my way to lead technician. 

What does a typical day look like for you?

I’m at the shop by 7:15 (we open at 7:30). I check the daily schedule and plan my day. I spend a lot of time mentoring our junior tech/apprentice. 

What do you love most about your job?

I love working for a local, independent shop where I work on a range of makes/models with different issues. I love being challenged and know I have the resources available at the shop to help me figure out solutions. Also, I enjoy developing relationships with customers and their cars. I have regulars who frequently bring me and the other techs treats. We encourage our customers to know who is working on their vehicle—even leaving a tech card with our picture thanking them for their relationship.