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News   October 17, 2001   by Auto Service World

Three Canadians Among Best in Technician Competition


Three Canadians were among the "best of the best" in ACDelco’s Technician of the Millennium competition.
After written and practical examinations, nine technicians were chosen from across North American to the international competition in Charlotte, N.C.
Among the nine were Jeffery Taylor, of Eccles Auto Service Inc., in Dundas, Ont., who took 5th place overall in the final competition, Herman Chabot, of A. Chabot et Fils Auto Electrique, in St. Lazare, Que., took 6th place, and Paul Martin, of Westview Auto Repair, in Edmonton, Alta., took 8th place overall.
Nick Nickell, general director of Service Parts Operations, GM of Canada said, “This contest has achieved the goal of showcasing the professional technician and has strongly enhanced the ACDelco brand image with our customers. We are particularly proud of how well the Canadian technicians performed in this very strong field of competitors.”
The international competition, which attracted nearly 5,000 technicians, began in October, 2000. The technicians answered a 100-question written exam in phase I of the competition. From this exam, 30 technicians from the U.S and 15 from Canada moved on to phase II, which consisted of diagnosing and repairing predetermined “bugs” placed in a 2001 Buick LeSabre. In phase III, the final nine contestants competed by diagnosing and repairing a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu.
All nine phase III, best of the best, technicians received and all-expense paid trip for two to the international competition, and were guests of ACDelco at the NASCAR Winston Cup UAW-GM Quality 500 race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The grand prize winner drove away in a brand-new 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche truck.


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