Car tech Danny’s a trav­el­ling man

Otago Daily Times - - GENERAL - JOHN LEWIS

ONE of Dunedin’s most driven au­to­mo­tive tech­ni­cians is on his way to the fi­nals of the Jaguar Land Rover World Tech­ni­cian of the Year award af­ter win­ning the Asia Pa­cific award in Sin­ga­pore re­cently.

Danny Churcher, who works for Arm­strong Pres­tige Dunedin, said he was de­lighted with his suc­cess in Sin­ga­pore, but equally ex­cited about com­pet­ing this week for the world ti­tle at the com­pany’s head­quar­ters in Whit­ley.

The 24­year­old’s Dunedin col­leagues say they are not sur­prised by his suc­cess be­cause he is stu­dious and pas­sion­ate.

Mr Churcher will be up against more than 30 tech­ni­cians from Jaguar Land Rover re­tail­ers around the world dur­ing the week­long fi­nal stage of the com­pe­ti­tion, and will have to demon­strate ex­per­tise in writ­ten and prac­ti­cal tests.

Jaguar Land Rover New Zealand gen­eral man­ager Steve Kench­ing­ton said com­pe­ti­tion was in­tense.

‘‘They are tested in­di­vid­u­ally on the­ory and have a prac­ti­cal as­sess­ment in front of the com­pany’s fac­tory tech­ni­cal train­ers. The tech­ nol­ogy com­ing through in new ve­hi­cles has evolved sig­nif­i­cantly over the past decade. This has placed more em­pha­sis on their knowl­edge of elec­tronic com­po­nen­try.’’

Mr Kench­ing­ton said it was im­por­tant to recog­nise the suc­cess of New Zealand’s skilled au­to­mo­tive tech­ni­cians.

‘‘The com­pe­ti­tion is a way we can help in­spire the work of a fu­ture gen­er­a­tion of tech­ni­cians.

‘‘As our ve­hi­cles be­come in­creas­ingly more so­phis­ti­cated, we need to sup­port the train­ing and devel­op­ment of this sec­tor of the econ­omy.’’

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Sharp skills . . . Arm­strong Pres­tige Dunedin au­to­mo­tive tech­ni­cian Danny Churcher has qual­i­fied for the global fi­nal of the Jaguar Land Rover World Tech­ni­cian of the Year award in the United King­dom.

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