Penske Awards 2022 Master Technicians

In News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 28, 2022

 Penske Australia & New Zealand has presented Shannon Dickson and Bryce Bell with the 2022 Penske Guild Master Technician awards for off-highway and on-highway, respectively.

A leading hand from Kings Park, NSW, Shannon competed with five other off-highway finalists prior to being crowned the off-highway Master Technician.

Securing his second on-highway Master Technician award, Bryce, a diesel technician from Perth, also vied against five other on-highway finalists.

Open to all Penske Guild members, the Master Technician contest saw participants from around Australia and New Zealand compete in qualification rounds prior to the final.

The annual competition includes both general procedural tasks as well as advanced diagnostics scenarios, with finalists contending against the stopwatch.

Encompassing Penske’s product portfolio of on- and off-highway brands, the breadth of the challenges undertaken by the finalists is indicative of the daily tasks a Penske technician undertakes.

Hamish Christie-Johnston, managing director of Penske Australia & New Zealand, said the high level of ability demonstrated in the competition directly translated to the excellent service delivered to customers.

“Our highly-skilled Master Technician finalists are indicative of our broader technician base at Penske and what we deliver to customers across our Australian and New Zealand branches,” he said.

Kathy Bandounas, group learning and development manager at Penske Australia & New Zealand, said this year’s Penske Guild Master Technician skills and diagnostics contest was the most competitive yet.

“We’ve seen the skill level increase year-on-year, and the competition get tighter as the 12 competitors strive for the spoils.

“Congratulations to Shannon and Bryce, as well as our other ten highly talented participants who were pipped at the post.

Newly crowned 2022 Master Technicians Shannon and Bryce will enjoy trips overseas to Germany and the United States to visit the mtu and Detroit plants, respectively.