Over 9000 craftsmen around the country have tested their technical background and skills in the 8 editions of the now traditional competition, with spectacular awards. Out of thousands of contestants, the best 100 reach the semi-finals, and only 10 on stage where they use all their weapons to fight for the final trophy, the grand prize of the competition: a car! Apart from that, thousands of euros and other surprise prizes!
The stakes are high, and so the bar is raised every year.
The contest has two categories: auto mechanics and diagnostics.
The first stage is an online challenge on the official site, www.mecaniculanului.ro, where the participants solve a preliminary test. The first 50 in each category qualify for the finale, where, for a full day, they will sit a written test and undergo a practical challenge.
In the AUTO MECHANICS section, after the written test, two finalists have to execute, at the same time, a mechanical operation on an engine installed on a stand, in maximum 20 minutes.
The fastest one wins.
In DIAGNOSTICS, the contestants begin with a written test which reduces competitors aspiring to the title to 10.
The road to the trophy goes through a spectacular race under the spotlight, Jeopardy-style (the desks challenge), where the one who answers the fastest, goes on.
A tense moment, with 40 multi-choice questions, each with 3 possible answers.
The first two contestants with the most correct answers, go to the practical challenge, the supreme bet:
two identical cars on the stage, with the same fault, which they will then have to identify and repair in…30 minutes!
It’s a race against the clock and against their own limitations.
The one who is able to start the engine first wins the title of Mechanic of the Year and the great prize.
THE COMPETITION ALSO AWARDS
The Service that manages to have three qualified employees in the written part, in any section.
The jury is formed by the trainers of the Auto School for Mechanics, professionals with thousands of training hours supplied to mechanics and diagnosticians in Romania, and who form trainers all around Europe.
Some of the winners of the previous editions of the Mechanic of the Year competition are part of the jury.
Find out more on the competition site