Karl Weaver explains just how he felt when he discovered he had won Top Technician 2017
How do you feel being named as the winner of Top Technician 2017?
It was a shock- a genuine shock. I really wasn’t expecting to win. I thought I had a very, very slim chance as runner up. It’s slowly sinking in and I have to keep pinching myself. I have to keep making sure I’m not dreaming.
Tell us about your Top Technician experience since you first entered
This was the fourth time I had taken part in Top Technician. I only ever did the first test online because I was intrigued about what it would be like. It fast became addictive. Every year I went forward a stage. Obviously the practical rounds are very nerve-wracking. I felt really hindered, especially last year, because I was so nervous, but then I realised everyone else was too.
I think it’s is fantastic. There are so many people out there who are far cleverer than I am and it just goes to show what you can achieve.
What impact has Top Technician had on you?
I think it’s brilliant. I wish I did it earlier but I think over the last few years I have improved, I’ve studied a lot more. I think it’s a really good thing.
I try and promote it now amongst the people I network with and try and encourage them. A lot of people say ‘Oh I can’t do it I’m not good enough’ but if you push yourself and spend some time researching, you can do it.
Plans for the future? I really want to get this place where it should be – more staff, more equipment and most importantly more training, and try and expand. Just make for a better garage and a better life.