A Day in the Life of a Car Wash Attendant
This piece originally appeared in Sioux Falls Simplified is a paid piece from Silverstar Car Wash.
Many people at Silverstar Car Wash started their career as a wash bay attendant. Here's a look at what a day in the life of that job looks like.
Walk me through it
A typical day starts at 7:30 a.m. to prepare the site for opening.
- This involves checks throughout the mechanical room, wash bay and property, as well as running a test car through the wash.
By 8 a.m. when the wash opens, attendants are ready to start spraying down vehicles before they enter the wash.
Throughout the day, wash bay attendants have various tasks including keeping the lot clean and even preventative maintenance or small repairs to the wash. They're also checking vacuums, emptying trashes and inspecting the wash tunnel on a regular basis.
Shift changes at 2 p.m., and before the afternoon crew comes in, attendants make sure to do one final lot check.
The wash closes at 7 p.m., and the closing process involves a thorough cleaning the wash, including the pit where all of the dirt and grime that washes off cars collects.
- Attendants also perform another check of the property to make sure it's ready for the next day.
What skills are needed (and what can I learn?)
Silverstar will teach you what you need to know about the wash itself, but an ideal candidate for the job:
- Has a positive attitude,
- Is self-motivated,
- Is a team player,
- Loves serving customers,
- Enjoys working outside,
- And has basic computer skills.
Silverstar also encourages employees to grow their careers with the company.
- That means attendants can have opportunities to cross-train as a cashier, and they can also have a chance to train to be a lead attendant or even advance to a management position.