A team of technicians from Mercedes-Benz Brentford will compete against their counterparts from across the world in the manufacturer’s International TechMaster 2010 competition this week.
Taking place between November 17-18 and held at the global training centre of Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart, the event will crown one country’s team of technicians as the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to all things relating to repair and maintenance of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.
The Mercedes-Benz UK team, sponsored by WürthUK, consists of Howard Storey, service team manager, Steven Sheen, diagnostic technician, Cullen Sleep, chassis systems technician, Jeff Harper, powertrain systems technician, and Simon Huckle, maintenance technician. All are based at Mercedes-Benz Brentford and will be accompanied to the home of Mercedes-Benz by their coach from Mercedes-Benz UK, Richard Share.
The team sealed their place in the international contest after winning the Mercedes-Benz UK TechMaster 2009 competition.
As with the UK contest, the International TechMaster competition will see the team judged in three areas – a 90-minute practical examination, 90-minute knowledge test and a ‘skills circle’, the latter focusing on the basic skills of the job profiles from participants’ daily workshop routine.
Entrants undergo individual and team-based assessments with marks being awarded by a global training committee judging panel.
In preparation, the team has undergone two weeks of training at Mercedes-Benz UK in Milton Keynes, which has involved running through mock competitions and testing their technical and customer service skills.