June 25, 2004

Canadian Subaru technicians compete for national title

Mississauga, Ontario – Subaru Canada announced that 13 technicians from five Subaru regions will compete for the title of 2004 Master Technician on Saturday, July 26 at Subaru Canada headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario. Vying for this year’s title of technician of the year are:

British Columbia

Roger Dal Santo – Docksteader’s Subaru
David Piccini – Kamloops Select Auto

The Prairies
Paul Parks – Subaru of Calgary
Nathan Osecki – Subaru of Saskatoon

Paul Swanson – Rally Subaru Ontario
Alan Hauck – Subaru of Muskoka
Mike Mallory – Performance Subaru
Marc Parent – Westboro Subaru

Dominic Salois – Subaru Repentigny
Samuel Lecomte – Option Subaru
Donald Levesque – Acadia Subaru

The Maritimes
Geoff Schnare – Dexter’s Subaru
Jacques Blaquiere – Moncton Subaru

These technicians earned the right to attend the final competition by receiving top marks on a series of six written exams. They then advanced to the finals, a “hands-on” competition in which they will compete in diagnosing and correcting identical malfunctions deliberately installed on identical 2004 Impreza Outback Sports with 2.5-litre engines and automatic transmissions. The pre-installed faults could include difficulties with starting, charging, ignition, fuel and emission control system, engine management systems, brakes, electrical systems, and HVAC.

“The written tests are an important first step in establishing who might have the right to claim Master Technician status,” said Norio Osakabe, president, chairman and CEO of Subaru Canada. “But the true test comes during the half-day trouble-shooting competition in which the contestants must repair a series of real problems on a real car within a limited time. It’s the kind of real-life challenge the technicians face every day in the dealership.”

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