The annual Penske Elite Technician Program, introduced in 2016, recognizes and rewards Penske Automotive Group’s top performing technicians for their outstanding credentials, skills and contributions. To be eligible, technicians must be nominated by management and meet specific program criteria including the highest level of training and brand certification, exceptional production and proficiency metrics, outstanding and verifiable credentials, and other important qualities.
After meeting program requirements and advancing through a challenging technical exam, nine technicians qualified to compete for top honors at the 2017 Penske Elite Tech Challenge in Mooresville, N.C., March 20-23.
During their stay in Mooresville, the finalists enjoyed several fun activities and competitions including a tour of the Universal Technical Institute NASCAR training center; a pit stop competition at the Team Penske race shop with members of the Team Penske pit crew; a GoKart racing competition at a local track; and a tour of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.
As part of the Elite Tech Challenge, the nine finalists completed a final timed exam during their visit to the UTI training center on March 21. The following evening, at an awards banquet, representatives from the Universal Technical Institute, Shell-Pennzoil, Snap-on Tools, PPG Industries, Cintas, BG Products, Team Penske and Penske Automotive Group honored the technicians and celebrated the “2017 Penske Automotive Elite Technician of the Year,” Joe Hunter from Motorwerks BMW, who was the top scorer on the exam.
Along with top honors, Joe, who has been a technician for 18 years and with Penske Automotive Group for 4 ½ years, was awarded an experience for two at the Detroit Grand Prix in June. Included in his prize package for the Detroit Grand Prix were airfare, a hotel stay in downtown Detroit, special seating and paddock passes, among other things.
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