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  • Automotive Technician Alignment Under-car Specialist Automotive Technician Alignment Under-car Specialist Compensation: Based on experience
    Employment Type: Full Time

    High Performance Automotive Center - Technician

    San Diego's largest high-performance automotive service facility has expanded. We are now offering a full service tire, wheel and alignment center. We are looking for an experienced under-car technician familiar with the automotive-aftermarket performance industry, performance products, performance cars and that understand the passion our high-performance customers bring to the table.

    As a 30+ year custom local auto center we maintain a full parts store, 16k sq/ft of service space, full machine shop services, three dynamo-meters, Hunter suspension-alignment and state of the art wheel/tire equipment, and fabrication/exhaust welding center, all located in our multi-building campus facility in Kearny Mesa. We thrive on delivering our customers unique solutions to their new 2019-1950’s classic domestic high-performance car needs.
    Applicants must have experience with lowered vehicle applications; from supercars built for high-speed runs to drag racing of late-model production cars.. Knowledge of performance handling to enhance both street performance handling as well as road-racing and other high-performance off-road applications is key as well as installing upgrades of across the spectrum of super cars, classics, hot rods, sport trucks and daily drivers. Responsibilities may include motorsports participation at regional events to assist customers with their needs and enhance the value of services offered. Racing crew background is a plus.

    These positions are best suited for a driven individual, who desires to be part of a winning team with opportunity to increase compensation based upon the team’s success. Top compensation is flat-rate based and commensurate with experience and professional recommendations required. Having fun and enjoying cars as well is not an option; it’s a requirement!

    Please submit your resume, visit us for an application at 5675 Kearny Villa Rd. San Diego, CA 92123. Interviews will be scheduled upon submission of app. With references.

    Please, no recruiters or phone calls.
    Please submit resume, references, and cover letter to: info@jbaracing.com
    EOE
  • Automotive Data Entry Professional

    This is an important position for a career oriented data entry professional with experience in auto parts data entry. The position that will develop in importance as the mass of information and data load grows. The position is administrative and will work closely with the parts and service departments within the company. The focus of the position is entering large quantities of vitally important automotive manufacturer data including labor sku data, as well as high volumes of part numbers with corresponding metadata with the specific information needed for our Parts department to ensure that we have up-to-date, current, products and pricing for our inventory control software, computer system and product catalog. This position requires an individual proficient with Excel and data entry tasks and a high familiarity with automotive jargon and the flexibility to intimately learn our internal product offerings.

    Primary Job Duties
    • Develop familiarity working with various company databases as our products are loaded into
    • Prepares source data for computer entry by compiling and sorting information, establishing entry priorities
    • Maintains data entry requirements by following procedures.
    • Verifies product information is entered correctly, deleting or reentering data; combining data from multiple sources when product information is incomplete.
    • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related tasks as needed.
    • Keep information confidential. • Familiarity with Automotive or other Parts industries very helpful.
    To Apply
    1. Reply to this ad with your resume.
    2. Be sure to put the job title in the subject line of your email
    3. Tell us why you would be a good fit.
    4. Come down to the Speed Shop and submit an application. Interviews by appointment only.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $14.00 to $18.00 /hour based on experience.

    Please submit your resume, visit us for an application at 5675 Kearny Villa Rd. San Diego, CA 92123. Interviews may be scheduled upon submission of application with appropriate references.

    Please, no recruiters or phone calls.

    Please submit resume, references, and cover letter to: info@jbaracing.com

    EOE

Meet The Team

  • J. Bittle J. Bittle J. Bittle Operating Manager

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    Experience:
    • Began playing with cars in 1972 in High School…driving my Dad’s Opel Rally Cadet 1900cc 4-speed!

    • Arrived at JBA: 1985 after Joe Drew turned down opening up a department in Drew Ford.

    • Favorite car: 1967 Shelby GT500

  •  John Gerardy John Gerardy John Gerardy CFO

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    Experience:
    • Began playing with cars in 1958 - model cars & 1966 - real cars.

    • Arrived at JBA: Helped J get started in 1985.

    • Favorite car: Cobras

  • Vickie Bittle Vickie Bittle Vickie Bittle Controller

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    Experience:
    • I have always loved cars and their makers

    • My dad bought, fixed and sold used cars

    • Met J., joined the Texas A&M Sports Car Club and bought a 1969 Mach 1 428SCJ—all in the same year!

    • Favorite cars: 1965 Shelby; 1990s Taurus SHO & F150, 2012 Mustang Boss 302

    • Fun fact: Loves loud cars with visibility!

  • Bruce Tucker Bruce Tucker Bruce Tucker GM

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    Experience:
    • Skateboards…bicycles…go carts…minibikes…and on to cars by the time I was 13 years old.

    • Arrived at JBA: as a customer, I bought an 8.8 rear end assembly from JBA in 1986. Came to work full time at JBA in 2002.

    • Favorite car: The 1959 Austin Healey 100-6 with a small block Chevy I built in high school.

  • Austin Bittle Austin Bittle Austin Bittle Parts Manager

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    Experience:
    • Began learning about cars via a 1966 Ford Fairlane 500XL with a 390

    • Arrived at JBA in 1987 in a baby seat in the back of a Mustang SVO

    • Graduated from Texas A&M like both my parents, my brother, and my grandfather

    • Favorite Car: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 SCJ

  • Lee Sweitzer Lee Sweitzer Lee Sweitzer Shop Foreman

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    Experience:
    • Dad was a drag racer and I grew up around tracks in Phoenix and later SoCal

    • Started racing at 16!

    • Served in the United States Marine Corps for eight years and drove big trucks

    • Favorite Car: 1993 Fox Body Cobra

  • Mike Evans Mike Evans Mike Evans Race Coordinator

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    Experience:
    • Built a 1961 Ford Falcon model at age 12; took auto shop in high school and I was hooked

    • First Car: 1960 Corvair with no second gear and an oil slick that remains in front of my childhood home 50 years later

    • Wish I Still Had: 1965 Chevelle Malibu SS which I paid $1,200 for and in which my wife, Susie, and I, drove and, uh, shared together

    • Favorite Car: My 2012 Boss 302 or, as Carroll Shelby says, “my next Shelby Mustang”

  • Artie Bonillas Artie Bonillas Artie Bonillas Concierge + Customer Service Specialist

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    Experience:
    • Passion for cars began at age seven when my dad bought me a slot car; I was racing around the track the next day

    • Nailed my skates to a box and made a coaster; then, found a bike frame, painted it purple and scrounged up the missing pieces to create the first BMX bike ever!

    • Philosophy: “If you put enough of the right parts together, whatever you’re putting together will move!”

  • Michael Yanez Michael Yanez Michael Yanez Inventory Control/HP Parts Specialist + Service Writer

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    Experience:
    • Grandfather left me his 1966 Chevy Malibu when I was 12. I took it apart and rebuilt it.

    • Worked well over a decade for Checker/O’Reilly and Auto Zone as a store manager

    • Favorite Car: My 2017 Mustang GT Performance Back.

  • David Mercer David Mercer David Mercer Inventory Control/HP Parts Specialist + Service Writer

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    Experience:
    • “Cars? It’s a family thing. My grandfather and dad were both mechanics. I raced as a teenager and drag raced a bit while in the Navy.”

    • Served eight years as an aviation sonar warfare specialist

    • Favorite Car: “I’m a MOPAR guy!”

  • Mike Hill Mike Hill Mike Hill Parts & Service

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    Experience:
    • 50 years of automotive experience

    • Been working at JBA 15 years

    • Favorite car: My 2002 Ford Mustang convertible

  • Alex Conger Alex Conger Alex Conger Performance Plumbing Technician & Horsepower Specialist

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    Experience:
    • Born and raised in San Diego; graduated from Clairemont High School

    • When I was five years old, my neighbors were always working on hot rods; I started working on tossed carburetors shortly thereafter

    • Been working with J Bittle since 1999

  • John Elderhorst John Elderhorst J.Elderhorst Master Engine Builder + Senior Machinist

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    Experience:
    • ASE Certified Master Engine Machinist

    • Began working on cars as a teenager

    • Started working with J. in Texas 1980

    • Arrived at JBA when it was located on Daggett Street

    • Favorite cars: 1968 Charger; 1967 Buick GS and 1973 SD Trans Am

  • Gary Wilkey Gary Wilkey Gary Wilkey Senior Machinist

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    Experience:
    • Started working on a ’37 Chevy Pick Up while at Norco High School in SoCal

    • Today, focuses on motors, bore blocks, crankshafts, rods, heads and surfacing

    • Favorite Car: 1967 Camaro…Best Car Ever!

  • Benjamin Gibson Benjamin Gibson Benjamin Gibson Administration, Graphic Design

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    Experience:
    • Lived in Ecuador, India, the Philippines and New Mexico growing up; father was a missionary

    • Family has always been into cars; great grandfather was the town mechanic; grandfather worked in that shop; my dad owned a 1969 Dodge Challenger and currently owns a 1932 Ford Model A.

    • Favorite Car: 1965 Mustang, which my grandfather and I worked on and which I still have!

  • Tim Naylor Tim Naylor Tim Naylor Lead Performance Technician + Crew Chief

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    Experience:
    • In 1989, talked my father into fronting me $300 for a 1969 Chevy Chevelle with 105,000 miles on it and a flat cam

    • Started at JBA a decade ago

    • Favorite Car: Always love your first! That 1969 Chevelle! There’s about a dozen close seconds

  • Rusty Staley Rusty Staley Rusty Staley Performance Technician

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    Experience:
    • Grew up in Peoria, Illinois and Topeka, Kansas; started working on domestic cars and hot rods with the next door neighbor as a kid; took shop classes and ‘lived’ at the race track as a teen

    • Served our country in the United States Navy for 20 years

    • 2018 Barona Speed Stock Pony Champion driving a 1974 Ford Pinto w/164 HP!

    • Favorite Car: My 1971 Chevy Nova

  • Rick Ball Rick Ball Rick Ball Performance Technician

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    Experience:
    • Over 30 years in the high performance automotive industry

    • Love working with turbos, nitrous oxide systems and all things that make cars go fast

  • Steven Esquilin Steven Esquilin Steven Esquilin Performance Technician

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    Experience:

    Grew up in Pacific Beach and Mira Mesa; Dad was a Master Gunnery Sergeant in the USMC.

    “I served our country in the United States Army. I earned a Bronze Star & Medal of Valor as a member of Army Airborne and Air Assault.”

    Aviation has always been part of my family; Purchased first aircraft in Stuttgart, Germany. Earned two federal licenses as an Inspector Agent. “Flying has always been a hobby. I met J Bittle through an aircraft client of mine. Now, I work on vehicles like I did fixing Jeeps in the Army. I can fix almost anything mechanical.”

    Favorite Car: My dad’s 1976 Chevy Super Sport.

  • Chris Maile Chris Maile Chris Maile Performance Technician

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    Experience:
    • “I got a car before I got a computer and I’ve been wrenching ever since!”

    • Holds an Automotive Technician and Management degree

    • “My dad bought mom a 1971 Mach I four-speed. Mom couldn’t drive it! When my dad, brothers and I worked on the car, he’d say we were doing it for mom but really it was for us. We called it ‘the bonding vehicle.’”

    • Favorite Car: My 1968 Dodge Cornet 440

  • Kyle Johnston Kyle Johnston Kyle Johnston Tire Center Manager

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    Experience:

    Born and raised in San Diego; graduated from West Hills High School in Santee

    14 years experience at a nationally known tire center, working at six separate San Diego locations and rising to assistant manager; created and managed their Training Center to teach employees all about tires.

    Favorite Car: “I love GTOs and two door muscle cars of all kinds.”

Testimonials

  • Eric Alan Lloyd Eric Alan Lloyd “J. Bittle and the guys helped me out on both of my cars. They got my big block in my Firebird running like a champ and tuned my Focus ST to keep up with V-8s and still get over 30 miles per gallon. You rock!”
  • Timothy Read Timothy Read “JBA fixed up my Mustang, got it tuned, too. They do GREAT THINGS. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable. A big shout out to my boy Austin Bittle! Thank you, guys, for the great work.”
  • Andrew Abrecht Andrew Abrecht “They are the coolest buncha gear heads out there!”
  • Tony Perez Tony Perez “A very professional, friendly, knowledgeable staff. Oh, yes, they did a great job repairing my 1963 Galaxie 500 convertible. You have certainly earned my business!”
  • Ryan Doherty Ryan Doherty “I have a tri-power setup on my ’67 Cyclone and these guys went above and beyond to get it dialed in and make more power. Everyone was a class act and I will not let anyone else turn a wrench on my car!”
  • Randy K. “I have a brand new 2016 Mustang GT and was referred to JBA for an exhaust system by a friend. Todd, a service advisor, was very helpful and we decided on the Roush axle back quad tip exhaust. Want to add that Todd and I went back and forth many times on email with him answering all my questions, making recommendations and giving me timely and intelligent options.

    “During installation, the rear valance needed to be removed. JBA brought in a custom auto body expert to make sure the removal and re-installation of the rear valance went perfectly.
    They were concerned about my brand new car looking perfect. This was explained to me in detail by shop owner J. Wow, what service!

    “Results: the exhaust sounds fantastic. I went full bore—meaning removal of both plates so all four pipes were singing. Deep, throaty, aggressive…exactly what a muscle car should sound like. No droning, sounds great on down shift and not obnoxiously loud that the neighbors complain.

    “Inside the car, the exhaust/engine sounds powerful…deep growl at start, revving produces more growling and just a very aggressive, deep tone. No tinny or high pitch screaming…just a deep baritone growl that shouts DETROIT MUSCLE, BABY!

    “Frankly I think my exhaust sound is the best I have heard. Also, much better sound than they are able to play in the Ford Pony Parts YouTube video. Aesthetically, I now have four pipes…two on each side…and it looks very cool and totally custom. You will be very pleased if you choose the Roush Axle back quad tipped system. Warning: this is not a DIY project at home due to the valance issue. Let the pros at JBA do it

    “Cost: Very competitive…same as online prices. Felt I received great value, and everything explained. No surprises.

    “JBA Shop & Employees…this is a unique speed, tuning, and machine shop. A shop tour revealed many custom Shelby’s and really cool muscle cars all getting some type of re-build and service. The place is busy with projects. This is a full service shop! I think they could build an aircraft carrier with the equipment and talent on-site. All my emails and calls were immediately answered. Very talented group and a lot of fun. J. Bittle, the owner, even gave me a ride back to my office after dropping off the car. Old fashioned customer service with real world equipment and technology. Thank you Todd, J. and Team JBA!”
  • Martha Glad Martha Glad “Seriously happy with the job you guys did on our 2014 Mustang! Been tearing up the roads ever since! Thanks for the help. We’ll see you soon for the supercharger!”
  • Kevin Yang Kevin Yang “Very, very capable shop. Got my 2013 Mustang 5.0 up and running after a fresh transmission within 24 hours.”
  • Judge Marshall Jr. Judge Marshall Jr. “Well, what more is there to tell? JBA and crew are the best in the business when it comes to service, attention to detail and customer satisfaction of their work on your pride and joy vehicles. None better in Southern California.”
  • Joe Curran 3.55 Ford Racing Gear Install & Tune
    “WOW! My goal was to wake up second gear and it sure was successful. It is a completely different car now…drivable for every day when I’m easy on it and hard acceleration when I want it. The combination of gears, tuning and transmission shift quality has really done a lot to make it more enjoyable. The 1-2 shift requires the traction control to be turned off. The ABS detects the tire slip in the shift and kills the timing.

    “Without traction control on, the thing breaks the tires loose so easily. It’ll take some getting used to but I’m definitely liking the new car. Please extend my thanks to Bruce Tucker. I can tell there is another 25+ horsepower there!”

    Two Days Later…
    “I knew it would take some time to discover the new operating characteristics. I see vastly improved throttle response, smoother transition of the cam phasers (which used to be abrupt), more usable and more linear power throughout the rev range, vastly improved shift quality and timing, and all this while maintaining drivability and the ‘luxury feel’ when driving normally. Fuel economy is the same. Yet, when I put my foot into it, the car is much more awake and responsive—especially the all-important second gear acceleration. It’s a completely different experience.

    “Thank you so much. I’m enjoying this car so much more.”
  • Dylan Milroy Dylan Milroy “Customer service is incredible. Bruce and all the guys behind the scenes are always pleasant! I have 30,000 miles on my build from them (Stage II) in my ’97 Cobra and it still runs incredibly. JBA or bust.”
  • Derek Sterling Derek Sterling “Great bunch of guys who really know their stuff about cars. Had a great time in the dyno!”
  • Ray Woodford Vehicle: 1988 Chevrolet Pick-Up 383 Stroker
    Service Type: Headers/Exhaust

    “I bought an exhaust mid-pipe from you guys for my truck. It performs and sounds great!”
  • Luke Robinson - Erwin, TN Vehicle: 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7 HEMI
    Service Type: Headers/Exhaust

    “My truck runs like a champ. Thanks for such a great product.”
  • James L. Vehicle: 2006 Mustang GT
    Service Type: Headers/Exhaust

    “The set-up is great. It sounds good, runs good, and makes tons and tons of power—especially in the middle of the RPM range. We did our drag testing last night and ran 8.28 in the 1/8 or 12.85 in the quarter mile. Our previous best was 13.09, so we picked up two and one-half tenths!”
  • Daniel Elson Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7L

    “I have your entire exhaust from headers all the way to the tips installed on my Dodge Charger. I have to say this system was pretty easy to install. I had no issues installing it myself and got a lot more power. In fact, it sounds totally wicked! I love going out to my car and starting it up just to hear it. I also noticed if I keep my foot off the gas, I get better gas mpg, too. Thanks for helping me have the best sounding Charger in my neighborhood.”
  • Bruce P. Vehicle: 1969 Mach 1, 428 SCJ, Drag Pack
    “You really exceeded my expectations. My Mach 1 just sounds soooo good! I really can turn heads wherever and whenever I choose.”
  • Bobby Turner - Stockton, CA
    Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7L
    Service Type: Headers/Exhaust
    Part: 1964S, 2965SYC, 40-1600

    "I have the complete system on my charger, headers on back. Absolutuely love em...great system, great product.."