One of the participating technicians at NBT’s National Skills Olympics held recently at Lexus Service Centre in Gadong. Image: Analisa Amu

NBT Brunei, the sole distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the sultanate, recently hosted its annual National Skills Olympics competition, showcasing the skills of its technicians working on car repairs.

For this year, the auto dealer gathered top 10 technicians going head to head in the General Job category before arriving at four finalists in the On-Vehicle round.

The tournament aimed to enhance the theoretical and practical skills on Toyota and Lexus Standard Diagnosis Repair and gauge technicians’ competency as well as promoting sportsmanship among general job technicians, said NBT Brunei in a statement.

Participating technicians at NBT’s National Skills Olympics held recently at Lexus Service Centre in Gadong. Image: Analisa Amu

General Manager AfterSales Lauro De Guzman said that the company prides itself on the consistent delivery of excellent After-Sales services in mechanical and body and paint repairs.

“These jobs and repairs require not only skills, experience but also dedication to attention to details and always fixing the problems and customers’ complaints,” he said.

De Guzman further highlighted that in October 2018, two local graduates from IBTE joined the company as apprentice mechanics.

Participating technicians at NBT’s National Skills Olympics held recently at Lexus Service Centre in Gadong. Image: Analisa Amu

“Almost a year after, as they continue their journey in pursuit of craftsmanship and excellence, they will not be awarded today as Toyota’s certified technicians,” added the general manager.

Being certified Toyota technicians, they will also need to take numerous trainings and certification levels conducted by Toyota’s certified national trainers until they level up to be a master technician.

After passing the elimination round, participants had to undergo a theoretical examination where they attempted general automotive knowledge of General Job technicians.

One of the participating technicians at NBT’s National Skills Olympics held recently at Lexus Service Centre in Gadong. Image: Analisa Amu
NBT Brunei Managing Director Hj Ahmad Hj Husin (L) and General Manager AfterSales Lauro De Guzman (R) with the champion of NBT’s National Skills Olympics held recently at Lexus Service Centre in Gadong. Image: Analisa Amu

Next, their competency was further tested in the practical examination where they had to perform basic inspection and repair based on Toyota’s proper procedures.

In the final round, the four successful technicians were tested for their skills in diagnosis, troubleshooting and repairs in an actual work setting.

They get to work on the same vehicle model which was the subcompact crossover C-HR bearing the same problem.

Bringing home the champion title was Jomar Arellano, a technician from NBT Toyota Gadong who also received a $500 cash prize, a plaque and a certificate of participation.

NBT Brunei Managing Director Hj Ahmad Hj Husin (L) and General Manager AfterSales Lauro De Guzman (R) with the finalists at NBT’s National Skills Olympics held recently at Lexus Service Centre in Gadong. Image: Analisa Amu

Second and third places went to Angelo Pardinas and Sherwin Bautista who are also technicians from NBT Toyota Gadong, receiving $300 and $200 cash prizes, respectively.

Meanwhile, Md Najmi Joini, a technician from NBT Lexus Gadong claimed the fourth place.

On hand to present the prizes was NBT Brunei Managing Director Hj Ahmad Hj Husin.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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