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Callas Rennsport - Technician Jobs in Torrance, CA

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Callas Rennsport

19080 Hawthorne Boulevard Torrance, CA 90503
https://www.callasrennsport.com/

About Us

Callas Rennsport are Porsche and BMW experts in Los Angeles. It was founded in 1992 when Tony Callas fulfilled his dream of owning a high quality, highly knowledgeable shop to provide the best value to his clients. That passion for excellence still drives Callas Rennsport today. We hold our Core Values close to our heart and our work at Callas Rennsport. Education is a high priority and this includes for our Technicians and helping our clients understand the needs of their vehicle. We stay informed of current issues, technical information on all models, and require that our technicians attend training and technical classes on a regular basis. Another Core Value of Callas Rennsport is our passion for excellence. We have a passion for Porsche and BMW and providing excellent service to those vehicles. We're proud of the work we do from restoring historical, one-of-a-kind Porsches to servicing everyday drivers. The Callas Rennsport Team is a community of Porsche and BMW lovers and people who want to be a part of a great company who provide the best work. Other than Tony, The Callas Rennsport team includes a Shop Foreman, 4 Technicians, 2 Service Advisors, 1 Parts Associate, 3 Shop Helpers, Office Manager, and Assistant Office Manager.

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About Us

Callas Rennsport are Porsche and BMW experts in Los Angeles. It was founded in 1992 when Tony Callas fulfilled his dream of owning a high quality, highly knowledgeable shop to provide the best value to his clients. That passion for excellence still drives Callas Rennsport today. We hold our Core Values close to our heart and our work at Callas Rennsport. Education is a high priority and this includes for our Technicians and helping our clients understand the needs of their vehicle. We stay informed of current issues, technical information on all models, and require that our technicians attend training and technical classes on a regular basis. Another Core Value of Callas Rennsport is our passion for excellence. We have a passion for Porsche and BMW and providing excellent service to those vehicles. We're proud of the work we do from restoring historical, one-of-a-kind Porsches to servicing everyday drivers. The Callas Rennsport Team is a community of Porsche and BMW lovers and people who want to be a part of a great company who provide the best work. Other than Tony, The Callas Rennsport team includes a Shop Foreman, 4 Technicians, 2 Service Advisors, 1 Parts Associate, 3 Shop Helpers, Office Manager, and Assistant Office Manager.

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Callas Rennsport is one of very few shops that work on and restore the rare Porsche 959. We work on all years of Porsche and BMW, but we are known for our classic Porsche work. We're involved in the local Porsche community. We invite people to our shop to learn from industry leaders and our team about Porsches. 

Our Open House event is very popular! We have famous and rare Porsches at the shop for view and the employees have opportunities to present if they'd like, too! Every car serviced gets washed prior to pick up! 

We have 3 Shop Helpers cleaning the shop and cars, assisting Techs, and running errands so the shop runs efficiently. David and Tom are our Service Advisors. 

Tom is a knowledgeable Porsche fanatic who manages long term projects like restorations and engine overhauls. 

David runs all other service and repair projects efficiently and professionally. The Owner and CEO, Tony Callas, has extensive Porsche experience. He's been working on Porsches since he was a child. 

He is the only independent Porsche instructor in North America and was consulted on Porsche expansion of their classics division. 

You can learn more about him here: https://www.callasrennsport.com/tonycallas Normal day at the shop! Classic Porsches and BMWs. Tire Installer and Road Force Balancer Ultrasonic Cleaner Technicians John and Jeremy, and Shop Foreman Steve

Under the Hood

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  • Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

    Our shop is located in Southern California where the climate is temperate. We are 3 miles from the beach which helps keeps us cool in the summer. Our shop has 8 work bays that are open to allow fresh air in. All of the offices and the employee lounge area are air conditioned and on the few days a year it gets hot in SoCal, we encourage Techs and Shop Helpers to take breaks in the A/C. When it's cold (to us Californians), we have space heaters to keep the Technicians warm in their bays.

  • What is the size of the team I’d be working with?

    Our Tech team is currently 4 Techs, but we're in need of that 4th Tech! Our goal is to have 5 Techs. The Technicians are supervised by the Shop Foreman, Steve. Other than the Tech team, we have a Parts Assistant, two Service Advisors, two Office Managers, and three Shop Helpers. With Tony, the owner, that makes us a team of 13.

  • What are the shop hours and what are the shift timeframes?

    We're open Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM. We value a work-life balance here and we close up the doors at 5pm. There are rare opportunities for overtime. If needed, we inform the team of ahead of time.

  • What tools does the shop provide that are available for all technicians to use?

    Tablet for digital inspections, OE and Aftermarket Scan tools, factory special tools, A/C machine, 5 gas analyzer, Lab scope, Shop press, power brake bleeder. And more! It's important to us to provided the most up to date tools as possible.

  • What type of break room facility is provided?

    Our Employee Lounge shares space with the Parts Associate in an Air Conditioned room with a fridge, microwave, and toaster oven. We keep the room stocked with snacks, beverages, and fresh coffee.

  • How many bays does your shop have?

    We have 8 working bays.

  • How many repair orders do you average per month?

    We average 60 Repair Orders per month. Most of our Repair Orders are larger jobs, some are long term projects. So our RO count is on the lower side while our ARO Price is higher than average.

  • What is your parts ordering process?

    The Technician includes parts needed in their estimate after they inspect and diagnose the car. The Parts Associate then creates a written estimate with the correct parts and parts price. Once it's approved, the Parts Associate orders the parts and delivers it to the Tech. We work hard to get parts as soon as possible. Sometimes special parts need to be shipped from Germany which take more time than usual, but the Parts Associate ensures that everyone is aware of ETA.

  • What is your policy on side work?

    No side work

  • Are there any other unique features of the work environment worth noting?

    We encourage Technicians to help each other, and Shop Helpers first goal is to be helpful to the Technicians. Culture is important to Callas Rennsport, and quality and craftsmanship are our main goals.

  • Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

    Absolutely. Continuing education is a priority at Callas Rennsport. We share opportunities with our Techs whenever available and if our Techs have classes they'd like to attend that are relevant and appropriate, we'll cover the cost and pay the Techs. We have a wealth of resources for learning Porsches. We have an extensive library with labor guides and manuals, we collect any books on working on Porsches that are available and good quality, and Tony, the Owner, is an instructor, as well.

  • Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

    There are levels of mastery through which Callas Rennsport will help Techs advance. We have A, B, C, and Student level Techs that have clear goals on how to advance to the next step, and the next pay rate. If someone has a goal of being a Service Advisor or Manager, we will set up goal posts for that progression as well. We want our team to growth with Callas Rennsport.

  • Can you describe your performance review process?

    A Performance Review Meeting is held with each employee once per year. Usually around their anniversary date. New employees will have a 90 day review and then it will be a yearly review. Performance Reviews are an opportunity to look at accomplishments, areas of improvement, and future goals.

  • What type of safety training is required?

    Upon hire, a safety walk-through is done with the Shop Foreman. After that, there are quarterly safety presentations presented at Staff Meeting.

  • Can you describe how Techs work with and mentor younger techs?

    Callas Rennsport is working on developing a mentorship/student program. One of our goals is to improve the industry overall, and we want to train young Techs to hold our high quality standard. Our mentorship/student program will include a Student Tech working with an A-Level Tech to learn and accomplish their goals to become a C-Level Tech.

  • How does your shop get involved with the local community?

    We participate in events with the local chapter of the Porsche Club of America and often host Tech Sessions educating people on their Porsches and how to be good Porsche owners. We are a member of the Chamber of Commerce and welcome new business to the Torrance Area. We also donate and participate in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness walks.

  • Do you do anything with local high schools or tech schools to encourage more students to enter the profession?

    We work closely with our local community College, El Camino, to provide support in their program. Tony Callas helped get their Automotive department accredited. We also present at their school to encourage students to apply to be a Shop Helper.

  • Where do you see the shop in five years?

    In 5 years, we plan to continue to be the best example of quality craftsmanship on Porsches and BMWs. We will have 5 Techs, a streamlined workflow procedure, and a robust mentorship/student Tech Program. We are also planning on increasing our sales to $3.5 Million in that time and maintain a good profit margin so the company, and the employees, can grow.

  • Do you have an application form and how long does it typically take to complete?

    Our application only takes about 7 minutes to complete.

  • Do you phone screen applicants before doing in-person interviews?

    We perform a phone screening prior to in-person interview that only takes up to 30 minutes.

  • What do your in-person interviews entail?

    We do 2 in-person interviews, unless a third is called for. They will be performed by different team members, but always include the Shop Foreman. There are about 15 questions in the first, with more technical detail. Prior to the interivew we will show the candidate around the shop and introduce them to some team members. The second interview is to get to know the personality of the candidate. Only 5 questions that are not technical, and a conversation is encouraged. In all interviews, the candidate is encouraged to ask questions whenever they'd like.

  • Do you perform background checks, drug screening, or personality tests before hiring an applicant?

    Background, drug screenings, and personality tests will be used after the interview process.

  • Do you perform a skill assessment before hiring an applicant? If yes, what does it entail?

    We invite Technicians to do a few days of an 'working interview' they will be paid to come to the shop for 3 or so days and work on cars under the supervision of the Shop Foreman. This will include inspections, diagnostics, and lunches with the team.

  • After an in-person interview, approximately how long should I expect to wait for a rejection or an offer?

    After an in-person interview, the candidate will know if they move on to the next stage in at least two days.

  • Approximately how long does the full hiring process take from submitting the application to the time of the hiring decision?

    If all goes well and efficiently, it could take two weeks. The candidate can help quicken the process by: being available for interviews, responding quickly, doing the screenings as soon as possible, and alerting references that we will be calling.

  • Is there anything else you’d like to mention about your hiring process?

    Culture is the most important thing at Callas Rennsport. We want everyone to enjoy where they work, current employees and the potential new employee. Therefore, we take great care in our hiring process to get to know you. Some Technical skills can be taught, but attitude and aptitude cannot. We want someone who is in line with our core values so all parties are happy with the decision.

  • A Level Technician
    Pay Range: $100,000 - $130,000/year

    - Diagnostics Expert (mechanical, electrical, CAN) - Emissions Expert - ASE Master Tech - ASE L1 Certification - Knowledge of classic Porsche - 100%-110% proficiency - Participate in new hire onboarding - Training/Mentor Program - Lab scope expert - Actively Working on continuing Education - Working on Porsche-specific Skills: PIWIS Expert Expert Porsche coding and Programming Advanced Engine Rebuilds/High end jobs

  • B Level Technician
    Pay Range: $70,000 - $95,000/year

    - 6 ASE Certification (4 required, work on 2) - Working on ASE L1 Certification - 75%-100% proficiency - Competent in Diagnostics (mechanical, electrical, CAN) - Beginner engine rebuild - Beginner in emissions - Competent lab scope - Possible participation in new hire onboarding - Actively working on continuing Education - Working on Porsche-specific Skills: PIWIS proficient competent Porsche coding and Programming

  • C Level Technician
    Pay Range: $45,000 - $65,000/year

    - 4 ASE Certs (2 required, working on 2) - Can do beginner service work at a high-quality level without supervision - Beginner diagnostics (mechanical, electrical, CAN(?)) - Novice lab scope - 50%-75% proficiency - Proficient in inspections - Collecting their own tools - Proficient in tire equipment - Actively working on continuing education - Working on Porsche-specific Skills: PIWIS beginner Novice Porsche coding and Programming

  • Student Tech / Apprentice
    Pay Range: $31,200 - $40,000/hour

    - Novice at everything - Works under an A-Tech - Starting to do services under heavy supervision - 2 ASE Certs (no requirement, work on 2) - Goals: Proficient in inspections 2 ASE Certs Start building tool collection, slowly Lab scope class and experience Competent in tire equipment proficient om navigating resources (labor guides, manuals, library) Perform services at high quality without supervision

Health Insurance Offered 100% of Employee Health insurance is covered by Callas Rennsport. We use California Choice, so the employee can choose plans from HealthNet, Kaiser, Aetna, and more.
Dental Insurance Offered 100% of Employee Dental Insurance is covered by Callas Rennsport.
Vision Insurance Offered 100% of Employee Vision Insurance is covered by Callas Rennsport.
Retirement Plan Offered Callas Rennsport has a 401K plan available to employees.
Sick Leave Offered 7 sick days are offered to employees after 90 days of employment.
Vacation Offered Vacation is accrued based on longevity. 1-3 years: 1 week 3-10 years: 2 weeks 10+: 3 weeks
Paid Holidays Offered Callas Rennsport provides 8 paid holidays per year.
ST / LT Disability Not Offered
Life Insurance Offered Callas Rennsport pays 100% of employee life insurance policy for $15,000.
Uniforms Offered Shop staff are provided uniforms that are laundered by a service weekly.
Other Offered Callas Rennsport values continuing education and will pay 100% of the fees for relevant classes, programs, and travel related to continuing education.

SHOP TALK

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Our Technician, John
Shop Talk Video
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Our Service Advisors, Tom and David