New Zealand’s Sam Reece declared winner of the Oceania round of Hitachi Top Technician

Posted on: Friday, 6 September 2019

The Oceania round of the 2019 Hitachi Top Technician Competition took place on Thursday the 22rd of August with CablePrice’s Sam Reece coming out on top.

The annual Hitachi Top Technician Competition has been running for 17 years and CablePrice has a long proud history with the event having won it twice in the past and been runners up on several occasions.

This competition sees Hitachi trained technicians from around the globe competing to be named the best Hitachi Technician in the world. The competition tests various levels of skills including finding faults as well as diagnosing machines, written theory tests and reporting in front of a judge’s panel about various findings regarding the machine in question.

Earlier this year in Auckland, after having already competed against 13 New Zealand competitors, Sam took out the title of Hitachi Top Technician for New Zealand. All the while Australia had their own rounds with 34 competitors ending up with 3 finalists. Next came the Oceania round competed at Hitachi Construction Australia’s Revesby Branch in New South Wales. This final competition consisted of the 3 Australians and Sam Reese from Greymouth.

Sam’s day started with a 90 minute practical on the latest ZX-5B excavator. A number of faults were present in the excavator preventing the correct operation of the machine. There were also a number of additional hidden maintenance based faults giving the technicians an opportunity to upsell the benefits of using factory trained technicians.

Thanks to Sam’s excellent fault finding process he was able to walk away from the practical round with the highest marks of the competing technicians. The theory portion was next up in the afternoon followed by a report of findings to the judging panel. The panel had the opportunity to ask questions of Sam during this time.


Sam was announced the winner shortly after the reporting portion of the contest. He will now go on to represent New Zealand and Oceania in Japan at the Hitachi Top Tech world finals on the 17th and 18th of October.

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