The Mercedes-Benz Truck Technician of the Year award has been awarded to a kiwi. New Zealander Matt Gillatt is a 31-year-old from Keith Andrews Trucks service centre in Whangarei, 150km north of Auckland. He emerged the winner in a tight contest of the best Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle technicians in Australia and New Zealand.
His prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to Germany this September to visit the Benz truck production plant in Worth, attend the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover and visit the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart.
Iain Dorward, from Daimler Trucks Adelaide, was the runner up when the final points were tallied. The 32-year-old from Ireland did his apprenticeship at a Mercedes-Benz dealership in England before moving to Australia in January 2014.
Luckily for Iain, Mercedes-Benz Truck made a last minute announcement the runner-up would also be going on the same trip to Germany.
Other technicians who made the final, which was held at the Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus training centre in Mulgrave, Victoria, included Bill Gauci and Terry Larkin of Daimler Trucks Sydney, Huntingwood, and Gary Bradshaw of Daimler Trucks Adelaide.
“These five finalists are our best certified Mercedes-Benz Truck diagnostic technicians, the cream of the crop, and it was a fantastic effort from all of them to reach the final,” said Michael May, Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Australia and New Zealand Director. “The competition was close and all of them showed great skill throughout the day, but Matt emerged as the winner, which is a great achievement.”