Brandon Cain

Brandon CainIt’s always a bonus when we stop to talk with one alumni, and find out there is more than one working at the same location. At Steinel’s Autowerks in Twinsburg we also talked to 2008 Automotive and BMW STEP alumni Brandon Cain. Cain is a Willowick native and while in high school took one year of automotive training at Wickliffe High School before the program closed. Cain pursued his training after high school at OTC and earned his Associates Degree in Complete Automotive. His goal was always to continue into the BMW STEP training program. His grades and attendance were exceptional, he also earned 8 ASE’s and was easily accepted into the STEP program. Once he completed his STEP training there were no positions open in the Cleveland area, so he took a position at P&W BMW in Pittsburgh, PA. He worked there for 5 years, and was content to stay longer. His mama had a different plan. Mom wanted her son closer to home, and found a Help Wanted ad on Craig’s List – the employer was Steinel’s Autowerks. She passed it along to Cain, who decided to follow up just to see what the position had to offer. He did a phone interview with then owner, Eric Steinel, and then followed up with a face to face interview. He was offered a job that day. He told Steinel he wanted a few days to think about it, but had pretty much decided before he left the parking lot, he was taking the job. Cain admits it took him about 6-months to transition from BMW’s to Porsche. With all of Porsche engines in the rear of the car, they are more difficult to work on. Basic engine and transmission work requires the engine to be removed. Cain also had to adjust his work pace. Previously working as a flat-rate technician time is the enemy. Steinel’s pays hourly and has high expectations that the service repair is done right, so they don’t want their technicians to rush through a job. Cain says one of the perks of the job is getting to know the owners of the cars, so working on them is like working on a friend’s car – only getting paid for it.