MEDIA RELEASE 8 August 2006
Mechanics change their job and their title
The exhibition of the photographs taken during the recent Peking to Paris
re-enactment is on display (until the end of September) at Morrisons
Mercedes-Benz, 742-748 Pacific Highway, Chatswood.
In looking at the cars that made that journey in the early 1900s, the job for
mechanics was a much more hands-on process than today. In fact, their role was
much closer to that of a blacksmith or coach builder.
It is a truism to say that the motoring industry today is increasingly complex,
shifting from manual tasks to high technology and computers.
In fact, at Morrisons Parts and Service in Hornsby, there are no mechanics as
the job function is described as technician, which is a title that more
accurately describes the role they perform.
Peter Gottschling has been working on Mercedes-Benz vehicles for over 20 years
and specialises in repairs of the earlier models.
“In 1912, when the Peking to Paris expedition was held, fixing and maintaining
the race cars would’ve been a laborious task. I can’t imagine the challenges the
mechanics were faced with,” he said.
“It is very labour intensive to work on older cars as I have to do a lot of
manual adjustments. They also require maintenance more often than newer models
do,” Peter said.
Rob Tadich works on newer models as Parts Manager at Morrisons Hornsby and he
said he still learns new things every year even though he has been with
Mercedes-Benz for seven years.
“All staff at Morrisons Hornsby participate in up to a dozen training seminars
on cars and computer systems every year, offered by Mercedes-Benz. We also
attend extra-curricular training days on topics such as sales and management,”
“We have to keep our skills and knowledge up to scratch to make sure we provide
our customers with personalised service.
“It’s a challenge to repair cars today with all the technology. Our diagnostic
equipment and repair tools are upgraded on a regular basis and every car is so
different that we have to make sure we use the right parts,” he said.
Morrisons Mercedes-Benz Parts and Service has been in Hornsby for over 18 years
and is located at 65 Jersey Street. It supplies only genuine Mercedes-Benz spare
parts for safety reasons and to help maintain the vehicle in as close to new
condition as possible, to maintain high resale value.
Morrisons Hornsby offers a range of additional services such as loan cars, free
pick-up and delivery, after hour roadside assistance through worldcare as well
as pick-up and drop off of clients.
The ‘Peking to Paris’ photographic exhibition is on display at Morrisons
Mercedes-Benz, 742-748 Pacific Highway, Chatswood from 4 August to 1 October.
The exhibition is open to the community free of charge from 7:30am-6pm on week
days and 10am-5pm on weekends.
For more information about Morrisons Mercedes-Benz Parts and Service in Hornsby
or to book a service, call 02 9476 2711 or visit www.morrisons.com.au.
Released for Morrison Motors by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations.
For more information contact Kim Larochelle or Aleks Czerwinski
on (02) 9413 4244.