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Toyota Technician of the Year 2017 announced

Stephen McConnell of McConnell’s Toyota, Waterford was named Technician of the Year 2017 at Toyota Ireland’s National Technical Contest. The event which took place at Toyota HQ, saw 49 of the best motoring technicians in the Toyota Ireland network compete for the sought after award.

Paul Murray, Aftersales Director, Toyota Ireland presents the Award to Stephen McConnell of McConnell’s Toyota, Waterford

The first stage of the contest involved an online aptitude assessment and practical skills assessment. Following this, five technicians were shortlisted for the coveted title of Technician of the Year.
The final element of the contest was for each candidate to participate in a series of timed technical exercises, designed to challenge ability and test stamina while under pressure. Martin Kinsella, Pat Masterson, Michael Oporowicz, Owen Kennedy and Jayne O’Driscoll of Toyota, had the difficult task of judging the candidates on their problem-solving skills and ability.

As the overall winner, Stephen received a plaque from Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) as well as a trip to visit the Toyota Factory in France. All contestants received an Apple iPad which used for ongoing Toyota online training.

Technician of Year Awards

Name                                      Dealership                           County                                Position
Stephen McConnell              McConnell Brothers              Waterford                             Winner
Guido Kerens                         Grange Motors                       Mullingar, Westmeath       Runner-up
Declan Buckley                      Grandons                                Glanmire, Cork                    Runner-up
Conor Bowen                         Lehanes Motors                     Cork                                       Runner-up
Roger Farmer                        Kellihers Garage                    Tralee, Kerry                        Runner-up

Steve Tormey, Chief Executive of Toyota Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer opportunities like this at Toyota Ireland for staff to showcase their skillset to the wider group. This contest requires a very high standard of work which is tested through an aptitude test followed by a series of practical examinations. To have the technicians expertise acknowledged in this way is fantastic and to be placed in the top five alone is a great achievement, a huge congratulations to Stephen McConnell on his well-deserved award.”