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Penske announces Detroit Master Technician

The 2018 Detroit Master Technician has been awarded to David Willis Penske Power Systems announced today.

Willis triumphed in the skills and diagnostics contest beating out five other finalists last Friday.

Held in Brisbane, the Detroit Master Technician competition is open to all Detroit Guild members, many of whom travelled from around Australia and New Zealand to compete in qualification rounds held in Sydney, Perth, Auckland and Brisbane.

Competitors were evaluated across a range of skills including their ability to replace parts to more involved technical challenges.

The six finalists were required to complete general procedural tasks as well as advanced diagnostics scenarios against a clock.

A technician from Chipping Norton, NSW, Willis will receive, as part of his reward for winning, a trip to the United States where he will tour the manufacturing facilities of Detroit and Daimler and visit the Team Penske motorsport facility in North Carolina.

Russell Koch, Detroit Training Manager Penske Power Systems, said the competition demonstrated to customers the high standards expected of Penske-trained technicians.

“It is no easy task to win this title. Whether it is a simple duty such as changing a gasket, or a complex electronic control issue, customers can be assured that lessons learnt by participants in the heat of the competition are directly transferred to continuously improving the quality of work performed on their valuable assets,” Koch said.

“The competition has evolved over the last three years to a very streamlined event. The most difficult thing about this competition is that our Detroit Guild members are of such a high standard. This makes finding tasks for them to complete all that much harder, as they gain more experience both in their workplace and from the competition itself.”

Inaugural competition winner Mark Hurst, who was named Detroit Master Technician in 2016, has since gone on to become a highly regarded trainer within the technical training department. After touring the Detroit factory he gained a new appreciation of the Detroit product range he said.

“It inspired me to push further in my pursuit of knowledge. The technology and manufacturing processes I saw were nothing short of awesome, and it all confirmed my view that the products we represent are truly world-class,” Hurst said.

(Image: Detroit Master Technician David Willis.)

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