SZENTENDRES, Hungary --- Ford mechanics from Central and Eastern Europe pitted their skills against each other recently in a keenly fought Technician of the Year competition.
More than 1,200 mechanics from over 300 dealerships spread across 31 countries took part in the competition which was organised by Ford Central and Eastern-European Sales LLC.
The final was staged at Ford’s regional training centre in Szentendre, Hungary, and competitors had to solve three theoretical and five practical problems. The maximum score which could be achieved during the all-day series of exhausting physical and mental challenges was 365 points.
In the end Andrej Manachenko from Belorussia achieved the highest score (278.5 points) followed by Viktor Németh from Hungary, József Fodor and Georgi Krustanov from Bulgaria (252 points), and Attila Szabó from Hungary (250.5 points).
Ford spokesperson Varga Zsombor said: “Ford’s technical department came up with extremely difficult tasks, so that these would be truly challenging for even the most skilled and experienced technician. First place in the competition is a true honour.”
Ford Central and Eastern-European Sales LLC serves an area which is larger than the USA in terms of both population (approximately 320 million) and geographic area (11,4 million square kilometres). It covers seven time zones from North Africa, through Central Europe and some Western European mini-states, to the Central Asian ‘Stans’.