Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is pleased to announce that Mark Jurkovski of Morrie’s Subaru of Minnetonka, Minnesota, took third place at the 2013 Subaru International Technician Competition in Takao, Japan. This marks the third out of four competitions that SOA has had a podium finish at this prestigious global event.
Jurkovski, a Subaru Senior Master Technician, and Subaru Technical Training Advisor James Riedel traveled more than 7,000 miles to represent the USA in the Olympic-like competition. Technicians and advisors from 14 countries all came to Japan with one goal in mind – to be named the best in the world.
Jurkovski earned the honor of representing SOA by achieving first place in the Subaru of America Technical Training Competition last fall. With a similar format to the Subaru World Technical Competition, it helped prepare competitors for the environment they would face in Japan.
In the months leading up to the competition, Riedel and other technical training staff diligently trained Jurkovski. They supplemented his already extensive knowledge with more advanced information and conducted speed drills to simulate timed events taking place at the global championship.
The grueling, two-day Subaru International Technician Competition consisted of four assessments. Each area was worth up to 100 points with a maximum overall score of 400. For each portion, the technical advisor was on standby with limited assistance to the technician.
Day 1 began with an overall orientation to the competition followed by a written test. Technicians were given questions compiled from each of the represented countries.
Day 2 opened with a grand ceremony that included Japan’s top executives and formal introductions of competitors. Technicians then began their first practical test, for which each individual was presented a right-hand-drive 2010 Legacy with a “no start” customer complaint and a 40-minute time limit for resolution.
Technicians successfully diagnosing the bugs first found a shorted main relay circuit that left the Engine Control Module without power supply. At this point the vehicles cranked, but stumbled and ran poorly due to a compromised sensor circuit. Once repaired, technicians discovered a secondary sensor wiring issue that resulted in a constant high idle and illuminated warning light.
Technicians who successfully located and repaired the concerns within the time limit were rewarded with a flashing light on the vehicle’s roof. Points were awarded for both accuracy of the repair and procedures followed.
Technicians were faced next with a Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) unit and given two-fold instructions: Diagnose a customer concern of “binds on turns” and perform the measurement of the rear driveshaft bearing clearance adjustment.
Upon removal and inspection of the extension case, technicians found fused multi-plate transfer clutch plates as the cause of the binding and made the appropriate repairs and adjustments.
Next, technicians and advisors were escorted to the final assessment: the electrical circuit. Technicians had to draw a circuit with two motors, supplied by two relays, and controlled by two switches. Once successfully drawn, judges unveiled an assembled but malfunctioning version of the circuit. Within a 20-minute timeframe, the technicians had to diagnose the malfunction and make the necessary repair.