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Old 06-09-2005, 11:41 PM   #7
Jon [in CT]
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Subaru Canada, Inc (SCI) is getting ready to hold their technician national championship. From

June 8, 2005

CONTACT: Elaine Griffin (905) 568-4959

Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today announced that 12 technicians from five Subaru regions will compete for the title of 2005 Master Technician on Saturday, July 25th. This will be the first competition held in the new Technical Training Centre at SCI's new corporate headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario.

Vying for this year's Master Technician title are:

British Columbia
Chris Grewcutt - Docksteader's Subaru
Scott Forsyth - Hilltop Subaru

The Prairies
George Harkin - Subaru of Saskatoon
Eric McDonald - Centaur Subaru

Jay Mistry - Willowdale Subaru
Sean McClinchy - Gemini Subaru
Kevin Cote - Subaru of Mississauga Inc.

Pierre Levesque - Grand Portage Subaru
Patrice Dessureault - Option Subaru
Roch Boucher - Victoriaville Subaru

The Maritimes
Peter Goguen - Dexter's Subaru Halifax
Jeff Rose - Dexter's Subaru Dartmouth

These technicians earned the right to attend the final competition by receiving top marks on a series of six written exams. They then advanced to the finals, a "hands-on" competition in which they will compete in diagnosing and correcting identical malfunctions deliberately installed on identical vehicles. The pre-installed faults could include difficulties with starting, charging, ignition, fuel and emission control system, engine management systems, brakes, electrical systems, and HVAC.

"The written tests are an important first step in establishing who might have the right to claim Master Technician status," said Norio Osakabe, president, chairman and CEO of Subaru Canada. "But the true test comes during the half-day trouble-shooting competition in which the contestants must repair a series of real problems on a real car within a limited time. It's the kind of real-life challenge the technicians face every day in the dealership."

In addition to the contestants' success in finding and repairing the problems in the allotted time, the judges award points based on the technicians' workmanship, speed, accuracy, neatness, and safety practices.

The 2005 Subaru Master Technician competition will take place at Subaru Canada headquarters, 560 Suffolk Court, Mississauga (905-568-8068) on Saturday, June 25th, beginning at 9:00 am. Interested media are invited to attend - please contact Michelle Bogle (ext. 255) in Public Relations, for more information.
Please note that the press release bungled the date in the first sentence (and got it right in the last sentence). The championship will happen on Saturdary, June 25th..

I wonder whether we'll ever hear anything about the mythical US technician championship.
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