ANTONIO Sanelli’s skills as a trouble-shooting automotive technician came to the fore when he competed in the Mitsubishi Motors’ national service skills contest.
Mr Sanelli, a workshop foreman at Warrnambool’s Callaghan Motors, was named in the top five finalists in the contest that involved 857 service technicians from throughout Australia.
The competition tested service technicians’ ability to diagnose and fix a vehicle’s problems in high-pressure situations.
Mr Sanelli won through to the national final in Adelaide after topping a Melbourne round.
Callaghan Motors service manager Robert Lee said Mr Sanelli had been the only contestant in the Melbourne round to get a vehicle going in the required time.
Mr Lee said Mr Sanelli’s ranking was testament not only to his skills but to the constant training to update those skills.
Mr Sanelli was this week attending a training course on electric cars.
His placement this year among the national finalists follows the success of another Callaghan Motors’ service technician in the competition about four years ago.
The dealership also had a service adviser among the national finalists about two years ago.