It’s not as simple as plugging in a diagnostics tool and replacing parts based on fault codes, as a South African competitor recently learned at the Isuzu World Technical Competition held in Japan. Thinking on your feet, staying calm under pressure and applying months of training and practice is essential.
This was what South African Isuzu truck technician Miles Swanepoel had to do to beat 64 other technicians from across the world in the competition.
Swanepoel ended in fourth place overall in the individual Grand Prix’s of the Commercial Vehicle division of the competition. The top three positions were taken up by technicians from Japan (first), Indonesia (second) and Australia (third). The competition, which was hosted over two days, consisted of individual and team divisions with representatives from 32 participating countries.
Swanepoel, hailing from Isuzu Truck Centre Cape Town, said even though he was hoping for a good position in the individual competition, he wasn’t sure where he would end up since the level of the competition was very high and every year it is raised to a higher level.