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Top Technician 2017 – Winners Announced

Top Technician 2017 – Winners Announced

29 September 2017

Top Technician celebrated its 15th anniversary in style by crowning Karl Weaver, of IGA member Bull Lane Garage in Broughton, as its 2017 winner. After a very close-run final Karl came out victorious thanks to his superior diagnostic prowess and fault finding skills.

This year saw almost 1,000 technicians take the initial online test. These applicants are then whittled down to ten for a practical semi-final, and then five for the final, where contestants show their skills by fixing faults placed on vehicles by a team of industry experts. The annual event ends with Top Tech Live, a seminar day held at the Henry Ford Academy, where Karl was announced as winner. Speaking of the win, Karl said: “I was totally unprepared to be announced as the winner, so much so I didn’t even prepare a speech – I’ve entered previously and made it through to the semi-final last year, but I found the practical to be quite nerve-wracking. The judges were great and made it as friendly as possible though.”

“I think it’s going to be great for the business moving forward as the local media coverage from reaching the final alone has seemed to up customer interest. I’ve been with the same garage since school and I can’t believe I haven’t tried the competition sooner!”

Karl also said that he thought the competition is great for the industry: “I think Top Technician has really changed my outlook as an independent garage co-owner. It’s showing garages and technicians where they need to further their skills in the future, and I think it’s invaluable encouragement.”

The contest is run by Aftermarket Magazine. Editor Alex Wells observed: “Top Technician is a great competition which aims to find the best automotive techs in the UK, and Karl is a fantastic winner, more than worthy of the title. He is certainly one of the best in the country.”

As well as an IGA victor, Shaun Miller, of IGA member Miller’s Garage in Newbury, was named as runner-up, giving Karl a run for his money. Shaun is determined to return to the competition next year to snatch the winner’s title for 2018. He said: “I didn’t expect to get through to the semi-finals – for the last 5 years I haven’t made it through the first rounds, so it was amazing to get that call. I’m going to try again to win next year – I won’t stop until I am Top Technician.”

On how Top Technician helps the industry, Shaun said: “Something like Top Technician can only help you get better at your job, due to all the training. It’s great for the industry.”

The winner is provided with a range of prizes as well as bragging rights for the year. Karl received a £1,000 cheque from Aftermarket Magazine, a Verus Edge scanner from Snap-on and a prize bundle of garage equipment from Ring Automotive. He also received £500 of training from industry training provider Auto IQ. Pico Automotive Technology gave the choice of a WPS kit, NVH kit, or a voucher equivalent to spend on Pico products.

To get the latest Top Technician news and apply to the competition next year when registration opens, visit www.TopTechnicianOnline.co.uk.