Winners of Hino National Skills Contest announced

Last week Hino held its annual National Skills Contest for service technicians and part interpreters at the company's recently refurbished training centre in Sydney.

Kenichi Sekini, Chairman and CEO of Hino Motor Sales Australia, welcomed the contestants, many of whom were accompanied by their own dealership’s dealer principals and general managers. Mr Sekini said that the skills contest was an example of how Hino people strive to be the best in their dealership network.

Each participant underwent a two-hour computer based theory examination, as well as four 20-minute observed practical exercises. The technicians were required to diagnose and rectify a number of faults deliberately created in four different Hino trucks.

The parts interpreters had to identify and locate sometimes obscure components on yet another three trucks and a complete Hino engine. Vehicle and model identification was also incorporated into the parts proficiency program.

The winner of the Service Contest was John Elliot from Prestige Hino in Dandenong. This is the second year that John has earned victory in this category. Second place was filled by Seru Namuatamucavu from City Hino in Guildford NSW, while third place was awarded to Martyn Alexander representing Newcastle Hino at Beresfield NSW.

First place in the Parts Interpreter Contest was Matthew Preston from Sci-Fleet Hino in Brisbane. Michael Hardy from WA Hino in Welshpool filled in second position while last year’s winner, Ryan Macauley from CMI Hino in Adelaide, got anoher podium finish with third place.

Image: Matthew Preston from Sci-Fleet Hino in Brisbane is congratulated by Hino Australia executives.

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