By Danielle Kutchel
They say without trucks, Australia stops – but when those trucks stop, you want someone with some decent skills behind them to get them moving again.
And a Dandenong-based truck technician has proven he’s got the skills to keep them on the road, taking out the Service category of the recent 2019 Hino National Skills Contest.
Mohammed Sharuk, a technician at Dandenong’s Prestige Hino, beat five other workers from around Australia to the title.
The Skills Contest is an annual, comprehensive competition for the truck company.
After a year of gruelling questionnaires, the top picks from around the country were brought together for the final of the contest.
The event was held at Hino Australia’s Sydney headquarters on Thursday 21 November, with contestants competing against each other by demonstrating their expertise through real-world roleplay scenarios.
They were given two hours to find and fix the faults placed in a Hino truck.
Mr Sharuk said it felt “pretty good” to have won.
“It feels like I achieved something,” he added.
“I feel satisfaction when I fix something. There are sometimes complex faults but you get your head around it.”
The award winner hopes to eventually move up in the company, depending on what opportunities become available.