Penske Power Systems’ Detroit team has announced Mark Hurst as its Master Technician for 2016.
Mr Hurst, a technician from Townsville, took out the company’s inaugural skills and diagnostics competition, outperforming five fellow technicians and colleagues in a battle featuring the company’s best of the best at Penske Power Systems’ training centre, Glendenning, NSW.
The Master Technician challenge is an in-house competition designed to provide employees and accredited Detroit Guild members with an opportunity to test their knowledge and skills through online testing and hands-on assessments.
The competition comprises six diagnostic and maintenance assessments across the Detroit product range, including the identification of a suite of concealed engine defects.
Bob Akers, National Technical Training Manager at Penske Power Systems, said he was proud of all finalists.
“Penske Power Systems is proud of its technical talent and we are pleased to recognise the hard work and dedication they have demonstrated to be the best in their field,” Mr Akers said.
“These technicians deliver the best in customer service and care day in and day out, and we felt it was important to recognise their talent and efforts.
“Over the year they’ve ensured that hundreds and thousands of trucks across Australia run smoothly and safely by using their factory-backed knowhow, our state-of-the-art workshop technologies and diagnostics, and their mastery on the tools, to get the job done.”
The challenge is part of Penske’s unwavering commitment to career training and advancement.
“Ultimately, the advanced skills that our technicians acquire transfer directly to our customers, who are the real beneficiaries,” Mr Akers said.
Penske’s Master Technician 2016 received an all-expenses paid trip to the United States to the tour the world-class manufacturing facilities of the Detroit and Allison Transmission brands, which are proudly distributed by Penske Power Systems in Australia.