And then there were three...
Three IMI members are in the running for the coveted Top Technician title for 2005, having beaten nine other competitors at the Automotive Trade Show at the NEC recently.
The finalists competed in three challenges under the watchful eyes of ReMIT assessors Terence Smith and Melvyn Morgan and chairman of judges, Dave Garratt, who is chief executive of the Independent Garage Association. Each finalist had already passed two theory tests with flying colours, so the emphasis was on practical assessment.
The challenges comprised comprehension, fault diagnosis and waveform interpretation using a Crypton oscilloscope and wet test rig from AG Block.
The judges worked to strict criteria to ensure that the marking process was consistent and fair. "The level of skill and knowledge exhibited by finalists was incredible and marks were very high across all twelve," says Dave Garratt. "There is just half a percent between the winner and the runners-up".
The three technicians in the running for the title are (in alphabetical order):
The overall winner will be announced at the Top Technician awards ceremony in London on 17 May. The winner will also collect a cheque for £2,000.