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Winning Isuzu technicians bound for Japan

Company names local winners of its National Technical Skills Competition, with two off to world final


Two Australian Isuzu technicians will head to Japan this December to compete against their peers after taking out the top spots in the company’s National Technical Skills Competition.

Michael Primmer, of Winter & Taylor in Geelong, and Jason Peterkin from Tony Ireland Isuzu in Townsville will join Isuzu Australia Technical Support Consultant Paul Harrison in representing Australia at the upcoming 2018 Isuzu World Technical Competition to be held later this year.

There were the winners from a field of ten that completed written examinations and three practical tests focusing on diagnosis and repair to take out the title.

Isuzu Australia national training manager David Smith says the competition is designed to test the most accomplished technician against time and trickily faulty engines.

“We want to see how they perform under pressure, and especially look at how they approach difficult problems,” he says.

“We also want to look at the ability to solve underlying mechanical issues, and not just be satisfied with symptomatic relief.”

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The company will work with Primmer and Peterkin ahead of the competition, providing one-to-one diagnostic training for the technicians from its new training facility in Truganina, Victoria.

Smith says the company is investing in its technicians for long-term results in real-world settings, which it says will ultimately benefit its customers.

“They’ll have confidence knowing that our world-class technicians deliver reliable repairs and servicing that focus on long-term, not short-term, solutions,” he says.


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