IMI Outstanding Accredited Professional Winner, Chris McGowan, one year on…
Following his success at the Outstanding Achievers Awards 2014 – the IMI meets Chris McGowan to see what winning meant to him.
1. How did you come to choose a career in the motor industry?
My senior school had a Go Kart Team. I built, raced and repaired the Karts from an early age and loved it! It has always been a natural progression for me.
2. How did you come to entering the Outstanding Achievers Awards 2014?
A friend recommended I applied so I evaluated my career and accreditations and thought that I might be in with a chance of winning this.
3. You have a lot of experience within the motor industry, including panel beating, paint spraying, vehicle MET and welding inspection – what made you want to train and assess other students/staff members
I’ve been fortunate to work in all aspects of Body Repair within the motor vehicle industry throughout my career, and I think that has given me the ideal grounding as a technical trainer to have actual working experience of what you’re training people in.
I’ve always had a passion for this industry and to the developments within, so to pass on this passion and knowledge to others is something that I get great satisfaction from.
It can be hard work at times balancing training others and keeping myself fully up to date with the latest technologies, materials, training methods and theory but it’s an environment that I thrive and excel in.
4. What did winning the ‘IMI Outstanding Accredited Professional 2014’ award mean to you?
As I said before, I have an absolute passion for this industry and what I do every day is just ‘my job’ so to be not only recognised by the nomination, but to win the award is such a complement to me and lets me know that I’m most definitely doing it right!
It’s also had such a positive effect on everyone that I train as the award carries a certain integrity and confirmation of my ability as a trainer so my students / colleagues know that there in good hands.