Shannon Dickson with Bryce Bell.
Penske Australia & New Zealand has presented the 2022 Penske Guild Master Technician awards.
Shannon Dickson and Bryce Bell have been recognised in the off-highway and on-highway categories, respectively.
A leading hand from Kings Park, NSW, Dickson competed with five other off-highway finalists prior to being crowned the off-highway Master Technician.
Bell, a diesel technician from Perth, secured his second on-highway Master Technician award after competing against five other on-highway finalists.
Open to all Penske Guild members, the Master Technician contest saw participants from around Australia and New Zealand compete in qualification rounds prior to the final.
The annual competition includes both general procedural tasks as well as advanced diagnostics scenarios, with finalists contending against the stopwatch.
“This year’s Penske Guild Master Technician skills and diagnostics contest was our most competitive yet,” said Kathy Bandounas, Group Learning & Development Manager at Penske Australia & New Zealand.
“Congratulations to Shannon and Bryce, as well as our other ten highly-talented participants who were pipped at the post,” she said.
“We’ve seen the skill level increase year-on-year, and the competition get tighter as the 12 competitors strive for the spoils.”
Encompassing Penske’s product portfolio of on- and off-highway brands, the breadth of the challenges undertaken by the finalists is indicative of the daily tasks a Penske technician undertakes.
Hamish Christie-Johnston, Penske Australia & New Zealand Managing Director, said the high level of ability demonstrated in the competition directly translated to the excellent service delivered to customers.
“Our highly-skilled Master Technician finalists are indicative of our broader technician base at Penske and what we deliver to customers across our Australian and New Zealand branches,” he said.
“Our staff live our company values of ownership, teamwork, integrity, care, and especially passion, which is evident in this competition,” said Christie-Johnston.
“All our technicians, from our Penske Guild members to our most recent apprentices, have the opportunity to work on a wide range of products across our varied customer group.
“This diversity yields a significant opportunity for our team that provides personal growth and career fulfilment – and this is our Penske difference.”
As newly-crowned 2022 Master Technicians Dickson and Bell will enjoy trips overseas to Germany and the United States to visit the mtu and Detroit plants, respectively.