The 2016 Top Technician Final took place at the RMI Academy of Automotive Skills in Southam. The new venue was home to a number of training courses including the RMI’s MOT assessments and was therefore a perfect backdrop to the competition.
Headed up by Project Manager Ian Gillgrass, the judging team consisted of Mark Champelovier from the RMI, Steve Smith from Pico Technologies, Rob Lewis of Jaguar Land Rover, Glen Cutter from Paragon Skills and James Dillon of Tech Topics. Each of them had devised a 50-minute task for our finalists to assess their skills on different vehicles, with different problems, using different processes.
The finalists spent the day diagnosing, testing, checking and putting their skills to good use, showing the judges their process and writing their findings to be marked on each of the five tasks, including, for the first time in Top Technician history, not one but two hybrid vehicles. They also received helpful advice from the team throughout the day following the tasks to inform them and take back to their workshops.
In all, the 2016 Top Technician final was the closest in the event’s history, demanding a recount of all results and marks to ensure that numbers were correct. The contestants impressed the judges and the experience will hopefully give them something to focus on and build on going forward.
Aftermarket Editor Phil Curry commented: “Everyone who takes part in Top Technician should be proud of themselves for having a go, just like our final five did. None of them knew how far they would get and whether they take home the winner’s trophy or not, they can say they did their best. The tasks today were difficult but were also problems you may find in your garage on a daily basis. It is all about the process and our finalists did themselves pro