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Car technician achieves star award from Ford

Star tech: Peter Winsby, a Bermuda Motors technician who has just become the first in Bermuda to pass a tough Ford training programme

An auto technician has become the first in Bermuda to pass a tough test to qualify as an expert on servicing Fords.

Peter Winsby, who works for Hamilton-based Bermuda Motors, has completed the online Ford standardised training and resource systems course, known as Stars, after successfully passing more than 80 different courses covering all aspects of car mechanics.

“It has taken a lot of dedication and a lot of hours. I started doing it a few years ago, but most of it has been done since 2015,” he said:

“Completing the programme means that Bermuda Motors is deemed shop competent by Ford, which is essential for us to be able to carry out work on Ford cars under warranty.”

The course consisted of 11 modules, which included troubleshooting scenarios in a virtual workshop where students are only allowed three errors before having to retake the entire course. Each module was followed by an exam with an 80 per cent correct pass threshold.

Krishna King, general manager of Bermuda Motors, said: “Peter’s achievement is an incredible feat and testament to his professionalism and dedication. He is an excellent role model for our younger technicians.”

Mr Winsby runs twice-weekly sessions training young technicians, including some from Government’s Department of Works & Engineering, as they work towards trade certification.

He said keeping up with advances in technology like electric and hybrid vehicles was vital.

“If you don’t keep up with technology, you’re going to get left behind. It’s as simple as that.”

Mr Winsby, who is already certified by BMW to service high-voltage components and batteries for its i3 electric cars, is now working towards certified high-voltage expert status from the German manufacturer.

“The technology is now so complex that a company like BMW simply won’t send cars to a dealership unless it has the proper certified technicians,” he said.

While Mr King added: “At Bermuda Motors, we pride ourselves on quality workmanship so we place great emphasis on making sure our technicians and mechanics receive the best training possible and that their certifications meet today’s exacting standards.”

In addition to Ford and BMW, Bermuda Motors are also distributors for Kia, Lexus, Toyota and Mini, a separate brand within the BMW group, as well as dealers for Kymco motorbikes and scooters.