A Newnan man competed in a Isuzu mechanics competition in Japan earlier this month and returned to U.S. with the second place prize, making it the first time a U.S. team placed in the top three.
Tim McCarty, who has worked for Rush Trucking in Atlanta for seven years as a technician or mechanic, participated in the The 12th annual Isuzu Technical World Competition in Fujisawa, Japan. Rush Trucking is a provider of service and products for commercial vehicles. The competition is hosted by Isuzu Commercial Truck of America and brings mechanics from all other world to test their knowledge of Isuzu mechanics.
McCarty tested for the competition back in the spring and competed against mechanics from every state in the U.S. He then traveled to Japan with two other mechanics from different companies in the United States.
McCarty said this was the first time the a team from the U.S. placed in the top three.
He first found out about the competition while at an Isuzu training in California and Pennsylvania to learn more about Isuzu mechanical products. He tested earlier this year in Anaheim, Calif. and was one of the 12 technicians across the U.S. selected to compete after taking a written and hands on test.
Eighty-one technicians from 27 countries competed in the contest, according to an Isuzu press release.
McCarty said the competition focuses on quickly analyzing and diagnosing a problem.
“We had a coach,” McCarty said. “One technician would diagnose and figure out what the problem was, while the other technician actually did the hands-on work.”
McCarty said he and the other mechanics had to take a written test as well. He said the hands-on portion of the contest was tedious.
“We had an Isuzu engine with several problems,” McCarty said. “There were major problems. There was no communication with the computer system, and the truck wouldn’t start. This portion lasts 50 minutes. You get 10 minutes to strategize with your coach and 40 minutes to diagnose and figure out what the problem is, and it’s all in front of the judges.”
As far as placing second, McCarty said his company was really proud.
“Trevor and Tim represented ICTA beautifully,” Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc., said in a press release. “Thanks to them, this was our best finish ever in the World Technician Competition. That speaks well of their diagnostic and repair skills, and it’s also a testament to the investment we’ve made in our training centers both in Pennsylvania and California.”
Trevor Schrader was McCarty’s teammate from Illinois.
“I would love to do it again,” the mechanic said. “I learned not to be scared of the unknown. We had to trust in what we know and believe we could it.”
McCarty said he had many people to thank for his success in the competition.
“Thanks to Rush for allowing me the time off and sending me to training,” he said. “Thanks to Jason Wilder, Tim Hogan, Mac Coille, and Travis Lewsader. Thanks to Trevor and Justin for being great teammates. Thank Jeff McGregor for training me over the last 20 years and helping to make me one of the best technicians in the world. Most of all, thank my beautiful wife, Mindy, for supporting me no matter what.”
Skinner also said the goal of the competition is to enhance mechanic skills and the customer experience.