From a shortlist of five DAF Technicians across Australia,
Andrew Patterson of Kenworth DAF Melbourne,
was named 2022 PACCAR Australia’s DAF Technician of the Year.
Noelle Parlier – Chief Engineer PACCAR Australia and Richard Saville – Aftersales Manager PACCAR Australia, presented the 2022 DAF Technician of the Year award to Andrew congratulating him on his win and performance on the day.
The search for the 2022 DAF Technician of the Year began in October 2021. All Service Technicians at DAF Dealerships Australia wide were invited to participate in the competition, which aimed to recognise and reward the best of the best. The event consisted of five practical assessments measuring technical skills, product knowledge, engine expertise and professionalism.
The finalists were:
1st Place: Andrew Patterson – Kenworth DAF Melbourne
2nd Place: Rudy Linders – Brown & Hurley Kenworth DAF Caboolture
3rd Place: Stephen Monson – CJD Equipment Hobart
4th Place: Christopher Rule – Kenworth DAF Melbourne
5th Place: Nathan Hadlow – Brown & Hurley Kenworth DAF Caboolture
Following Andrew closely, was Rudy Linders of Brown & Hurley Kenworth DAF Caboolture in second place and Stephen Monson of CJD Equipment in third place.
The finals were held over a full day on Friday 8th April 2022 at Kenworth DAF Melbourne (KDM). There were five practical tests that were a combination of electrical, mechanical and system testing. The finalists received over $30,000 worth of prizes, including a voucher for a selection of tools vital to the job, and this year had an additional incentive with the 1st placed DAF TOTY winner to join the Truck Assist Racing/Matt Stone Racing Team as a Garage Crew member at this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000. Additionally, 2nd and 3rd placed DAF TOTY winners will be treated to a weekend Garage Crew experience with Truck Assist Racing/Matt Stone Racing Team at the NTI Townsville 500 Supercars event.