Docherty’s Auto Service, Montague
Docherty’s Auto Service provides a full line of automotive services. Jason Docherty and his team are tire, wheel, brakes, electrical, exhaust, alignment, and suspension specialists.
Jason is a Red Seal Automotive Technician. He’s been working in the field since graduating from Montague High School in 1994. He opened his own business in 1998.
- Licensed automotive technician
- Red Seal automotive technician
- Accounts payable
“All seven staff members are employed year-round. They have been with the company since I opened the business,” says Jason.
“My brother Timothy started his apprenticeship here while in high school, and now has a Red Seal Automotive Technician designation. He’s been working with me since I opened.”
Future hiring needs
“I’m probably going to need two licensed automotive technicians in the future,” says Jason. “An apprentice works in the shop now. Next year, hopefully, he will have a provincial inspection license, and that will solve one of my hiring needs.
“A provincial license allows you to do small vehicle inspections on PEI. A Red Seal designation allows you to work within Canada and upgrades your status on what you are allowed to inspect. It would be an asset if I could find someone with a Red Seal designation.
“It’s not hard finding someone who wants to work in a shop, but it’s more challenging finding a licensed automotive technician with experience who can work without supervision. It’s nice to give a work order to someone knowing it will be done right without having to check their work.
“I only need a couple of general labourers around the shop who can change the oil or tires. It’s the Red Seal workers who can diagnose electrical problems who are challenging to find.”
Seasonal hiring needs
“Like many businesses on PEI, this is a seasonal business,” says Jason. “We are busiest from April right through to December. The slow season is January to the end of March.
“It’s really challenging to find automotive mechanics to work seasonally. They are usually looking for year-round employment. I could use about six or seven more licensed automotive technicians for nine to 10 months of the year.”
“Several people have gone through the apprenticeship program with us,” says Jason. “A few have stayed to work at the shop, but most move away to work at the higher paying jobs in Alberta once they acquire a Red Seal designation.”
About the trade
“The automotive technician position is so highly technical. There are more computers on the average car than there is in the average household. We need professional automotive technicians with knowledge of electrical systems to work on the new cars that are coming out.
“When cars first came out with computers, one computer did everything. Now cars have several computers all intertwined. If one fails, you have to be able to tell which one is failing and why. If you don’t diagnose it properly, it can be costly. You got to be up on your electrical skills now to service an automobile.”
“When I advertise, I get a stack of paperwork that I don’t have time to go through, so we recruit mostly through word-of-mouth,” says Jason. “I do the interviewing and the hiring.”
“Wages are negotiated depending on experience and qualifications,” says Jason. “If you have the qualifications, there is a probation period of three months to prove yourself.”
Best method to apply
“Drop by the shop and come see me with a resumé.”
For more information about Docherty’s Auto Service, contact Jason Docherty at 902-838-4468.