Cultivate Your Niche
SHOP STATS: Chapman Collision Center Location: Tempe, Ariz. Name: Tyler Hardy Position: Body tech mechanic Years at the company: 14 years
Tyler Hardy followed in his father and brother’s footsteps with a love of automotive work. Taking that one step further, Hardy literally followed his brother, Russ, from their home state of Idaho to Tempe, Ariz., to work at Chapman Collision Center. Russ began working at Chapman first, and extended the invitation to his brother. Hardy packed up his bags and joined him. He’s been there for 14 years now.
Hardy began in the paint department and worked there for about four years before he joined his brother in body. Hardy has been in body now for 10 years.
“My brother and I, we’re a team,” Hardy says. “He’s my mentor.”
Since joining the body team at Chapman, Hardy has created a home for himself, which includes co-leading the team with his brother and cultivating his niche.
Complement One Another.
When Hardy started in body at Chapman, he and his brother were the only ones in the department. Since then, the team has grown significantly, with the Hardy brothers managing.
“My brother and I split our duties,” Hardy says. “He does more of the heavy repairs; I like the work that’s a little more particular, like any of the mechanical repairs.”
Follow Your Passion.
When Hardy joined the body department, he was sponsored by BMW. Hardy completed the online classes and attended classes in California. He is now certified for hardtop convertibles, i3 and i8, carbon fiber and aluminum.
Because of this, nearly all of the convertibles go to Hardy, which is the type of work he particularly enjoys. Hardy says that anyone that’s interested in pursuing a certification to go after it.
“Talk to people, be persistent,” Hardy says.
Throughout the day, Hardy performs pre- and post-repair scans, alignments, mechanical work and anything else that’s needed of him. With so much going on, it’s important to have a system in place.
“When I get in, I go out to the lot and see what’s waiting for me,” Hardy says. “At the end of the day, I repeat that and look to see what I finished and what I still need to do. It’s about mentally preparing for what I have to do next.”