DAF European Technician of the Year

Battle of the best

Marin Pavicic best DAF technician in Europe


The 'DAF European Technician of the Year 2018’ award has been won by Marin Pavicic (33), who works at the Walter Aichwalder dealership in Klagenfurt, Austria. The European final, which consisted of various assignments and tests, took place at DAF Trucks in Eindhoven. The trophy was presented by Johan Drenth, After Sales Director of DAF Trucks N.V.



the 18 nominees are:

From the UK



Adam Baker is Chassis-Cab Bury st Edmunds. He is Master Tech and foreman.
His hobbies include his motor bikes and DIY. Adam got to the final because
of his drive to learn always keeping up with the lastest technology and the challenges that it brings.

DAF Dealer: Chassis-Cab Truck Centre - Bury St Edmunds
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From Romania


 Dragos Pop

Hi, I am Dragos Pop. I am 47 years old and married with two children. I started my career as a maths teacher at a primary school (which is why my colleagues at the workshop nicknamed me "the professor"). In 2001, I changed jobs and became a technician at EVW Holding, Romania. I trained at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca where I studied automotive engineering (I obtained a bachelor's degree after four years of study). I am now a master technician at EVW Holding, where I deal with the workshop's most complicated jobs. I love complicated challenges because they allow me to learn new things and stay updated in my field of expertise.
My hobbies are cooking and travelling with my family.

DAF Dealer: EVW Holding
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From Slovakia



My name is Martin Sako and I am 45 years old and married with one daughter. I attended secondary vocational school in Trenčín,
Slovakia between 1988 and 1991 for electromechanical machine and equipment studies.
My work experience includes working at T.O.S. Galanta in the production and assembly of cable harnesses and their electrical installation into machine tools in 1992, repairing power tools and rewinding electric motors at Elmonop in 1993, and repairing home appliances and acting as a reception technician at ELMI Servis in 1994.
Since 1995, I have been working as a reception technician, PC network administrator and auto electrician at D.I.L.A.N. Servis.

DAF Dealer: D.I.L.A.N Servis
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From Czech Republic



Hello, my name is Petr Valenta and I am 38 years old. I live in Liberec, Czech Republic, where I am married with two beautiful children.
I have been working as a DAF technician for more than 15 years now, and I am still very proud to be part of the DAF family! Having enthusiasm and knowing I can improve my skills each day makes my job a lot of fun.
I am very excited to have this opportunity to compare my knowledge with the best technicians from around Europe.

DAF Dealer: NAPA Trucks spol. s.r.o. Liberec
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From Spain



My name is Iván Grela and I'm 29 years old. I live in the small village where I was born, near Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia.
Once I finished my studies, I started my career in Talleres Cholo as an apprentice in 2006.
Later on, I became an electromechanical technician and I am now responsible for the Workshop. I really enjoy my current duties at work!
My hobbies include running, spending time at the beach with my friends and vehicle competitions.

DAF Dealer: Talleres Cholo
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From Portugal



My name is Rui Silva and I am 51 years old. I'm married with two children.
I started my career as a mechanic in 1979 and I have been working as a Workshop Manager at the
DAF dealer Jaime & Rodrigues SA in Anadia,
Portugal since 1981. I enjoy outdoor activities, especially working in my back yard.  

DAF Dealer: Jaime & Rodrigues SA in Anadia
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From Belgium



My name is Wim Vanderheyden. I am 40 years old and I live with my wife and two children in Meeuwen-Gruitrode. My children are my hobby, but if I have a little bit of remaining free time I enjoy going to music festivals and spending time with my family and friends.
Since 1997 I have been working at Truck Trading Limburg in Houthalen-Helchteren where, alongside a magnificent team, I am responsible for preparing newly sold vehicles for the customer to collect.
My motto is: if you really commit yourself to finding out how something works or what the problem is with a truck, you will be able to work it out and resolve the problem for the customer.

DAF Dealer: Truck Trading Limburg NV
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From Poland



My name is Łukasz Węgrzynek and I'm 37 years old. I've worked for the DBK DAF dealer in Szczecin for 13 years now; currently,
I am a mechanic with the additional roles of foreman and service advisor.

I love going on bicycle trips and my main hobby is producing and mixing music. I am also a fan of automotive and general history and Polish film.

I took part in the Polish Technical Olympic Games because I identify with the philosophy of DAF, and I love both my work and sporting competitions.

DAF Dealer: DBK Sp z oo Szczecin
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From Hungary



Hi, My name is Janos Szekeres and I was born in 09.09.1976. I’m the winner of the Hungarian Technican of the Year 2017. After finishing my study for a car electrical mechanic I worked for IVECO where I achieved a 2nd place in their European technican competition in 2005. I joined DAF in 2011 and 2 years later I became Master technican.
Two years ago I finished on the 3rd place on TOY Hungary 2016 competition so I decided this year to win. And I did. My hobby is futball therefore I am also a futball coach for young children.

DAF Dealer: Hungarotruck Kft
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From Germany



My name is Mathias Lehmann, from TRUCK Vertriebs- und Service GmbH in Brandenburg, Germany—and I'm 38 years young! I started my vocational training at TVS in 1996 and I was appointed workshop manager in 2008.

I consider my job to be both my vocation and my hobby; I devote all my free time to my family. Training continuously comes naturally to me. My motto is: When it comes to new technology, I have to be at eye level at all times. 

DAF Dealer: TRUCK Vertriebs- und Service GmbH Brandenburg
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From Italy



Fabio Zogno is 51 years old, married since 30 years, two sons: 30 and 19 years old. He lives in the county of Padova, one of the most beautiful city in the north of Italy. No doubt about his great experience as DAF workshop technician, since it’s 29 years he’s been working on DAF products! He started working in an authorized DAF workshop on 1985, when he was just a 19 years old guy. After 10 years he moved in a generic workshop for a short experience of 3 years, than 3 years more in another DAF authorized workshop and finally, in 2001, He joined Lubrimatic which is actually one of the most important DAF full dealer of the Italian north east area.
For this reason, in Lubrimatic workshop he currently covers a very crucial role since he takes care of proper diagnostic methodology application.

DAF Dealer: Lubrimatic Srl
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From France



My name is Bruno Cormier and I'm 46 years old. I'm married with two children.
I started my career in 1994 with DAF dealer Ciron Mayenne (North West France).
My first job was as a mechanic and electrician technician and since 2009 I have been the workshop manager. I was the French Technician of Year twice and I participated in the European Technician of the Year in 2012. I like sports, like running and football.
I also like doing outdoor activities like fishing or walking through the countryside and I like cinema.

DAF Dealer: Ciron Mayenne
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From Austria



My name is Marin Pavicic and I'm 33 years old. I was born in Klagenfurt, Austria and I now live in Ebenthal, where I'm married with two children.
I've worked for the company Aichwalder since 2003, completing an apprenticeship between 2003 and 2007 with DAF Aichwalder as an Automotive Technician and Electrician. I've been the Workshop Manager since 2010, when I also graduated from my Master's and Enterprise qualifications.
My hobbies include running, taking part in the voluntary Fire Brigade, working in the workshop and playing with Lego with my children!

DAF Dealer: Walter Aichwalder GmbH
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From Switzerland



My name is Stephan Rettermund and I am 39 years old and currently living in Erlinsbach, Switzerland. I have four children and I'm very active in my local Fire Brigade. I also have a small weekend house in the Italian part of Switzerland.
I've conducted all DAF training and I put in a lot of additional personal engagement in the workshop. I would love to win the EU Final for Technician of the Year because of my wide knowledge of all DAF databases and my skills to use them in a professional manner.

DAF Dealer: Graf Nutzfahrzeug AG
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From Norway


 Bjorn Mage NO Portret rond

My name is Bjørn Måge, 44 years, married with two kids (15 and 18).
Have been jobbing with DAF sins may 1992. Started as apprentice, are still in same company as workshop manager.
My hobbies is fishing, handball with my kids and studying technical stuff.
To achieve this goal I have studying and performed trainings at DAF, always tried to find solutions on problems by studying and knowledge. 

DAF Dealer: Team Verksted Vest AS
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From The Netherlands


 Cor Kramer NL Portret

Hello, my name is Cor Kramer, I'm 27 years old, and I come from Stompetoren in the province of North Holland. I have several hobbies: I ride motorbikes and I also have a classic car at home, an Opel Manta-A from 1972. Another hobby is music. I play the trombone in an orchestra.
I started as an apprentice at Truckland in Heerhugowaard 11 years ago, and now I'm a Diagnostic Technician.
I always do my absolute best to rectify a fault or malfunction on a vehicle, especially if it's a challenge to track it down. That makes my work fun.
And of course it's fantastic that I've received the title of National Technician of the Year as a result.

DAF Dealer: Truckland Heerhugowaard
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From Sweden


 Hugo Bergman SE Portret

My name is Hugo Bergman, 28 years old. I live and work in Stockholm.
I have worked at Cuwab Verkstad since 2009. In my free time I like to sail in the summer, and in winter there may also be some skiing.
It's incredibly fun to have come this far in the competition. It would not have been possible without the solid education at DAF.
Also I have a big interest in learning new things and translate these into practice.

DAF Dealer: Cuwab Verkstad AB 
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From Denmark


Mike Christensen DK

Mike ChristensenAs the son of a 2. generation haulier, and running in the workshop from the age of 10, combined with the desire to learn, maintain and improve the performance of the trucks, laid the path to where I am today, all driven by quality. The spare-time is used with family and 3 Irish wolfhounds.

DAF Dealer: P.M. Lastvognsservice A.S. 
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DAF European Technician of the Year. Why?


DAF organizes the ‘European Technician of the Year’ competition’ since 2012 once every two years to underline the importance of professional workshop technicians. It is primarily a recognition of their profession. Modern trucks are high-tech vehicles and a broad and deep technical knowledge is required to be able to work on them. In addition, the technician is the business card in the workshop of the DAF dealer and he or she plays an important role when it comes to customer satisfaction. It's all about delivering service and quality down to the smallest detail.