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IAL Top Tech set to compete on the world stage

Jason Peterkin.

Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL)’s National Technical Skills Competition (NTSC) was successfully completed in 2021.

At Isuzu Motors’ I-1 Grand Prix (I-1 GP), Isuzu dealers and the top two who actually represent their country on the world stage were selected from the field of 47 of Australia’s best Isuzu engineers. I did.

In Australia, the top two engineers were selected from highly competitive areas, with a total score difference of only 7% between 1st and 10th.

This year, NTSC challenged engineers with a series of interactive virtual online diagnostic (IVOD) tests.

The results of the IVOD test were aggregated against a 60-minute written test and individual technician scores from the Isuzu Technician Guild Survey held in early 2021.

Traditionally, the I-1 GP finals are held at Isuzu Motors Ltd. in Japan, where qualifying teams from each country participate in both “individual” and “team” finals with their coaches.

In essence, the competition remains the same, with individual and team events taking place. But this year, engineers are virtually competing at home, including the Australian team, which is conducting a tough e-Competition in Brisbane.

Harrison Minis (commonly known as Harry in the workshop) was the Australian NTSC winner this year and scored 100% on the second virtual failure diagnostic test.

Minis began his apprenticeship with Brisbane Isuzu at Eagle Farm in 2016, just after graduating from high school. His determination to look at the work from start to finish and fix difficult repairs is his main strength, but he admits that he has more to do before facing the infamous and difficult I-1GP competition. I am.

“The NTSC knowledge test was very difficult, but we are strengthening our training with weekly exams, so we know what to look out for in the next round,” said Minis.

“There are a lot of math and electrical diagnostics involved, but I think the more you study, the better.

“There’s always a lot to learn and I always want to step in through any door. That’s all about this tournament.”

Jason Peterkin began his apprenticeship in 1995, working for his father in Darwin and earning a dual trade qualification specializing in the diagnosis of both electrical and mechanical disorders.

He joined Tony Ireland Isuzu in 2012 as a leading hand at the Townsville Workshop.

The combination of wisdom and hands-on experience means that Peterkin is recognized as one of Australia’s best engineers for Isuzu’s famous 4JJ1 engine series.

This is not the first time I have participated in the I-1 GP circuit. He has played several times in NTSC and returned the prestigious team to 4th place at the 2018 I-1GP in Japan.

Peterkin scored the highest score on this year’s NTSC Technical Knowledge Exam and took a decent position in the 2021 Australian team.

“NTSC testing is definitely getting harder every year, and this year it was daunting because it was completely virtualized at first, but it turned out to be a sophisticated competition,” Peterkin said. It is.

“The level of experience and competition is always very high, but I am quietly confident in this year’s opportunity.”

IAL Top Tech set to compete on the world stage IAL Top Tech set to compete on the world stage

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