Any technician can play around with your everyday nuts and bolts, but what does it take to be a Hino technician? We spoke to Asa Pearson, winner of the National Service Award at last year’s Skill’s Contest, as he sheds some light on what it means to bear the Hino name.
How did it feel to win the National Service Award at last year’s Skill’s Contest?
To be honest, it was a real shock just to get selected and to go to the finals in Sydney. But then when I won, it really was a surprise. I really did not expect it at all.
What made you interested in becoming a technician?
I have always been interested in all sorts of motor vehicles. My dad was a motor mechanic and also a TAFE S.A lecturer and I suppose it just rubbed off.
What are your qualifications?
I hold a Cert 3 in Automotive and a Cert 4 in Auto Air Conditioning.
How did you get here?
I started in the Australian Army working on their vehicles. Five years ago, I joined Hino. I started as a technician with CMI Hino before becoming the workshop controller three years ago. Through the years, I’ve attended various training courses through HMSA (Hino Motor Sales Australia) and have learnt a lot about the Hino product, and trucks in general.So five year later, here I am now. Glad I made the decision to join Hino.
What makes Hino trucks special?
In general, the Hino brand has a good reputation. The truckscome in many different configurations to suit all types of work. They also come with good product support and warranty. All this makes my job a lot easier.
What’s the best part of being a technician?
Seeing something different everyday. There is always a new challenge and no two days are the same.
And what are some challenges?
Staying up to date with the current technology as vehicles are becoming more reliant on electronic control systems.
What practical advice do you have for maintaining a vehicle?
Maintaining a vehicle is a lot like maintaining anything; keep it clean and give it a onceover each week. Most importantly, leave the service and repair work to the professionals. You can do a lot of damage if you don’t know what you’re doing.
What are some tips that you can give to vehicle owners?
Service your vehicles within the specified service schedule and if you do notice an issue, get it to your dealership service centreas soon as possible. This will keep repair costs down and prevent those bigger costs from happening, like letting a simple clutch adjustment turn into an expensive replacement just because you’ve left it too late.
You’ve achieved so much in the last five years. Any tips for ambitious technicians on how to follow in your footsteps?
Work hard and take the opportunity to go to any courses and learn new things. I don’t think you ever stop learning in this industry as technology is always changing. But on the other hand, don’t forget the basics.