Terra announces its first Top Technician

28 July 2021

Mitchell Warne is the winner of Terra’s first Top Technician competition.

The New Plymouth-based Heavy Diesel Technician says he strives to be the best technician he can be every day. To do this, he believes it takes willingness to be as open as possible.

top_technician_2021Left to right: Joel Bell, Mitchell Warne and Oliver Bush.

“During my five years with Cat, I have learnt more than I could imagine, especially with new technology constantly arriving on the scene,” says Mitchell.

Terra’s 16 branches each nominated two technicians to compete in the event. Runners-up Joel Bell (left) and Oliver Bush (right), both from Hamilton, successfully completed online assignments to reach the finals in the face of intense competition.

The finalists competed on a virtual practical station where they reused components, two practical stations and a Service Information System (SIS) theory test.

Mitchell says having a good relationship with your team is the key to building a good career, as knowledge-sharing plays a vital role.

“We can all learn something from someone else,” Mitchell said when he accepted his award, noting he learnt a great deal through taking part in the Top Technician competition itself.

Terra Cat’s values also mean a lot to Mitchell, as they line up with his own life values.

“No harm, openness, care and integrity are all values I hold in high regard so naturally I bring these values with me to work every day. I especially value no harm, because good health and safety measures mean I can go home safe to my partner and seven-month-old son every day.”

Mitchell was presented his trophy at Terra’s Branch of the Year awards, where Rotorua branch took out the coveted title.