Mike Brasseur

Mike Brasseur

Mechanic tops in the province

Mike Brasseur took part in the inaugural Association of School Transportation Services of B.C. skills competition

A North Okanagan-Shuswap School District mechanic has won top spot in a B.C. challenge to spot defects on school buses.

Mike Brasseur took part in the inaugural Association of School Transportation Services of B.C. skills competition at Sun Peaks.

The competition involved inspecting school buses.

Participants had to identify defects in three different buses.

The first was defects in the interior of the bus, the second was exterior defects and the third was undercarriage/wheel/tire defects. Those in the challenge were only allowed 15 minutes per bus.

“It was a short time frame to inspect the buses,” said Brasseur.

“Usually I take a couple of days to do a good job inspecting and fixing defects in a school bus.”

Brasseur said finding out he won was a little overwhelming.

“Usually I’m in the background, working away in the shop.”

He received a $750 Snap On gift certificate (which he has already spent on tools) as well as an all expenses paid trip to Richmond, Virginia to take part in the America’s Best Technician Challenge in November.

“There’s pressure on us,” said Brasseur.

“It’s the first time Canadians are going to be taking part in the event so I’d better brush up on my skills.”

Frank Marasco, school district operations manager, was proud of Brasseur’s performance.

”Mike has been with the district for about three years and is becoming an excellent technician for us,” said Marasco.

“The quality and precision of his work gets better every day, he has truly become a key member of our team in ensuring the safety of the children in our care. I know you will do Canada and our district proud in Virginia.”