NEW BRITAIN - Dattcoâ€™s director of technical support, Ronald King, was named National NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year last month at the National Auto Parts Associationâ€™s annual award ceremony.
â€śIâ€™m honored that NAPA believes in me and my industry achievements to select me for this award,â€ť King said. â€śNAPA is a dynamic, forward-thinking company, and the advancements theyâ€™ve made over the years have helped me be more effective and efficient in my work. I look forward to seeing the next innovations theyâ€™ll make in automotive technology and the opportunities they will afford mechanics everywhere.
King was Connecticutâ€™s Tech of the Year in 2016 and 2017, but this recognition distinguishes him as the countryâ€™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 NAPAâ€™s website, the Technician of the Year Award is the â€śultimate way to be honored for your hard work.â€ť 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 â€śgo-to tech at Dattcoâ€ť 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 Centerâ€™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 â€śTread Lightly!â€ť and by participating in charity motorcycle rides.
He serves as chairman of the Connecticut Operators of School Bus Transportation Associationâ€™s maintenance committee, is the co-mechanical director of the Automotive Service Associationâ€™s Connecticut chapter, and is a past member of the Berlin Lions Club.
â€śThe Dattco family congratulates Ron on this well-deserved recognition,â€ť said Don DeVivo, president of Dattco. â€śWe are lucky to have someone with his expertise overseeing our technical support department, and training the next generation of technicians through our DTEC program.â€ť