Dattco tech-support chief earns national recognition

Published on Thursday, 12 April 2018 21:01
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEW BRITAIN - Dattco’s director of technical support, Ronald King, was named National NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year last month at the National Auto Parts Association’s annual award ceremony.

“I’m honored that NAPA believes in me and my industry achievements to select me for this award,” King said. “NAPA is a dynamic, forward-thinking company, and the advancements they’ve made over the years have helped me be more effective and efficient in my work. I look forward to seeing the next innovations they’ll make in automotive technology and the opportunities they will afford mechanics everywhere.

King was Connecticut’s Tech of the Year in 2016 and 2017, but this recognition distinguishes him as the country’s best NAPA/Automative Service Excellence organization technician.

The Technician of the Year award, first presented in 1982, honors an outstanding technician who has risen to the top of the profession in the NAPA AutoCare system.

According to NAPA’s website, the Technician of the Year Award is the “ultimate way to be honored for your hard work.” Honorees are chosen based on specific criteria, including technical skills, business practices, commitment to the industry, dedication to training, and participation in community activities.

King has worked with buses for more than 35 years. The self-proclaimed “go-to tech at Dattco” holds master certifications in school bus, truck, and automotive repair, as well as advanced certifications in gas and diesel repair by the ASE.

He is also a Navistar Diamond Technician and a state-certified Emissions Repair Technician, among other certifications.

During his tenure at Dattco, King developed and managed the rebuild department, which specializes in repair to transmissions, starters, alternators, electric motors, engines and air conditioning systems.

He went on to develop, and still oversees, the Dattco Technical Education Center’s Technician Apprenticeship Program.This five-year program puts apprentices through over 2,000 hours of mechanical training and certification, and gives them job placement.

According to Dattco, King gives back to the community by volunteering his time as a land-use educator with “Tread Lightly!” and by participating in charity motorcycle rides.

He serves as chairman of the Connecticut Operators of School Bus Transportation Association’s maintenance committee, is the co-mechanical director of the Automotive Service Association’s Connecticut chapter, and is a past member of the Berlin Lions Club.

“The Dattco family congratulates Ron on this well-deserved recognition,” said Don DeVivo, president of Dattco. “We are lucky to have someone with his expertise overseeing our technical support department, and training the next generation of technicians through our DTEC program.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, Business, New Britain on Thursday, 12 April 2018 21:01. Updated: Thursday, 12 April 2018 21:03.