UK competition Top Technician crowned Matthew Eeles as its 2016 winner, marking him as the best technician in the UK automotive servicing industry.
Now in its 14th year, Top Technician 2016 saw the closest final in its history, with Matthew, of Saffron Autos Ltd, taking the title by showing superior diagnostic prowess and fault finding skills on a range of cars, including diesel, petrol and hybrid engines. The final, at the RMI Academy of Automotive Skills, tested all the contestants with a 50-minute time limit in which to find and explain the faults.
Top Technician is a UK-wide competition looking to find the best technicians in the automotive servicing industry. This year saw over 500 techs enter the initial online round, with that number whittled down to ten for a practical semi-final and five for the final, where contestants have to show their skills fixing faults placed on vehicles by a team of industry experts. The annual event ends with a training day, Top Technician Live, where Matthew was announced as winner, with Stephen Harrison of MTS Automotive in Reading, as Runner-up.
The contest is run by the trade publication Aftermarket Magazine. Editor Phil Curry commented: “Top Technician is a great competition which aims to find the best automotive techs in the UK, and Matthew is a worthy winner of the title. He showed a lot of skill and dedication in the tasks, all of which aimed to challenge different areas of automotive knowledge. His skill and consistency saw him earn the most points from the judges and show that he is certainly one of the best techs in the country.”
Matthew added: “I was shocked to make the final but never thought I would end up winning the competition. I entered to see how far I could go, what skills I needed to work on for my business and where I could learn. I was in shock when my name was announced. The trophy is currently in the reception area of the garage and word is already spreading about the win.”