Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) recently hosted its annual Technician Skills Competition, which tests the abilities of technicians from Freightliner and Western Star dealerships and Detroit distributors in the U.S. and Canada to diagnose and repair a variety of DTNA’s vehicle and engine products.
Out of the 1073 participants who entered this year’s virtual competition and from the group of 28 finalists, Kyle Siebert from Northwest Trucks Inc. in Palatine, Illinois was the winner of the vehicle category; and Ryan Picken from Metro Freightliner Hamilton Inc. in Stoney Creek, Ontario won the engine category. The winners will receive a diagnostic laptop, electrical tools, branded items and additional merchandise of their choice for their shop.
This year’s competition began with a written exam in June, and culminated with the virtual “hands-on” round, with finalists completing the challenges at their respective locations. The Portland, Detroit and Cleveland, North Carolina-based judges walked the finalists through different stations where they were evaluated on how accurately they were able to troubleshoot problems.