Mississauga, Ontario – Subaru Canada has announced the winners of its 2010 Technician Recognition Competition, which required twelve technicians from dealerships across Canada to diagnose problems programmed into cars at the event. The competition took place recently at Subaru’s Technical Training Centre at its headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario.
First prize went to Lee Harrison of Subaru Calgary. A Grand Master technician and winner of the 2007 competition, Harrison won $2,000, a Dell Mini 10 netbook from Dell Canada, and an OTC Video Scope from SPX Canada.
In his first appearance at the competition, Chris Grewcutt of Don Docksteader Motors in Vancouver took second place, receiving $1,000 and the designation of Master Technician. Third place went to Steven Smale of Fox Subaru Fredericton in New Brunswick. Smale, who won first place in 2008, received $500.
The twelve finalists earned their places at the event by receiving top marks in a series of written tests. At the Toronto event, they had to diagnose and correct identical malfunctions installed on identical vehicles, including problems with starting, charging, ignition, fuel and emissions control, engine management, brakes, electrical and HVAC.
“The written tests are an important first step in establishing who might have the right to claim Master Technician status,” said Shiro Ohta, chairman, president and CEO of Subaru Canada. “But the true test comes during the half-day troubleshooting competition in which they face a series of real problems on a real car with limited time. It’s the kind of challenge they face every day in the dealership.”