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Hallam Truck Centre technician takes out top spot

Mark O’Dwyer of Hallam Truck Centre has been named the 2022 Kenworth Technician of the Year, finishing on top from a shortlist of five Kenworth technicians from across the country.

Chief engineer at PACCAR Australia Noelle Parlier and aftersales manager at PACCAR Australia, Richard Saville, presented the 2022 Kenworth Technician of the Year award, congratulating O’Dwyer on his win and performance on the day.

The search for the 2022 Kenworth Technician of the Year began in October 2021. All service Technicians at Kenworth dealerships Australia-wide were invited to participate in the competition, which aimed to recognise and reward the top performer. The event consisted of five practical assessments measuring technical skills, product knowledge, engine expertise and professionalism.

The finalists were:

1st Place: Mark O’Dwyer – Hallam Truck Centre

2nd Place: Jason Cooper – Brown & Hurley Kenworth DAF Coffs Harbour

3rd Place: Lachlan Tate – Brown & Hurley Kenworth DAF Darra

4th Place: Michael Jones – Twin City Truck Centre Wodonga

5th Place: Jackson Langdon – Twin City Truck Centre Wodonga

The finals were held over a full day on Friday April 8, 2022, at Kenworth DAF Melbourne.

There were five practical tests that were a combination of electrical, mechanical and system testing. The finalists received over $30,000 worth of prizes, including a voucher for a selection of tools vital to the job, and this year had an additional incentive with the first placed Kenworth TOTY winner to join Team 18 as a Garage Crew member at this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000.

Additionally, second and third placed Kenworth TOTY winners will be treated to a weekend Garage Crew experience with Team 18 at an upcoming Supercars event.

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