Over the past 70 years Honda Motor Company has consistently earnt a reputation for impeccable reliability, and Honda Motor Vehicle Technicians play a big part in this.
The 2018 Honda European Skills Contest was organised to recognise them plus offer them a platform to showcase the skills and knowledge they've developed working at Honda. The competition was open to over 800 technicians, with those who competed in the opening round completing four online assessments which tested their technical knowledge and understanding of Honda's philosophy. One of which was our very own Mark Savage!
Seven technicians from the UK progressed through to the European finals which was held in Germany last month, where they joined 41 other technicians from the continent. Technicians had to demonstrate their practical skills and theoretical knowledge by completing practical tasks focusing on specific models and various technology areas with which they engage on a daily basis.
During the contest, technicians were asked to demonstrate their practical skills and theoretical knowledge at a total of six different stations. Among other things, they had to get to the bottom of an electronic fault on a Civic, assemble a manual gearbox as quickly and accurately as possible and correctly answer 45 technical questions in a knowledge test.
In between the individual trials, contestants had the opportunity to talk to their colleagues, take a closer look at the Formula One cars that had been delivered specially for the event, drive the NSX or Clarity Fuel Cell around Honda's own test track and gain an insight into the future of learning. A so-called virtual classroom, which makes it possible for people to train together without having to gather in one place, was also presented in Erlensee.
However, due to the intense level of competition, UK representatives narrowly missed out on the trio of places in the world finals to be staged in Japan. Yet our technicians relished the entire experience, which culminated in an awards ceremony honouring all those who made it through to the European final.