Tech of the Year ap­plauded

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NEW Zealand’s Cameron Ni­col has been an­nounced as the Freightliner Aus­tralia Pa­cific Tech­ni­cian of the Year.

The fi­nal stage of the com­pe­ti­tion was held re­cently at the newly es­tab­lished Daim­ler Truck and Bus Train­ing Acad­emy in Mul­grave, in Mel­bourne’s east.

Mr Ni­col, who is from Trucks and Trail­ers in Auck­land, edged out Brodie Martin, from Daim­ler Trucks Ade­laide, and Adrian Hays (also from Trucks and Trail­ers) in the close-fought com­pe­ti­tion.

As a re­sult, Mr Ni­col re­ceives an all-ex­penses paid trip to North Amer­ica, vis­it­ing Freightliner’s Cleve­land truck man­u­fac­tur­ing plant, its test en­gi­neer­ing cen­tre in Portland, Ore­gon, and the Detroit en­gine man­u­fac­tur­ing plant. He will also at­tend the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

Freightliner Aus­tralia Pa­cific Di­rec­tor Stephen Downes said it is im­por­tant to ap­plaud the val­ued tech­ni­cians who sup­port the brand seven days a week, 365 days a year.

“Qual­ity tech­ni­cians are a cru­cial part of our com­mit­ment to our cus­tomers, so it is ap­pro­pri­ate we cel­e­brate the best of the best with awards like this,” Mr Downes said.

“I want to con­grat­u­late Cameron, Adrian and Brodie for dis­play­ing such a high level of skill and com­mit­ment to Freightliner and its cus­tomers.”

The Daim­ler Truck and Bus Train­ing Acad­emy was es­tab­lished last year and is now a stand-alone unit, sep­a­rate from the car and van train­ing oper­a­tions.

Freightliner ex­pects in­ter­est in next year’s com­pe­ti­tion to be even stronger.

To be el­i­gi­ble for the com­pe­ti­tion, each tech­ni­cian must com­plete the Pro­fes­sional level Sta­tus of the Freightliner Cer­ti­fied Train­ing Pro­gram.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TOP GUYS: Cel­e­brat­ing their wins are (from left) Brodie Martin of Daim­ler Trucks Ade­laide, Adrian Hays of Trucks and Trail­ers Auck­land and Cameron Ni­col of Trucks and Trail­ers Auck­land.

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