Training for Motorcycle Mechanics
PT Total Oil Indonesia held a series of training for motorcycle mechanics to help them to upgrade their knowledge in motorcycle maintenance and technology.
Why Training for Mechanics
Motorcycles in Indonesia have become preferred mode of transportation. Affordable price, unreliable public transportation, and easy mobility in congested traffic are certainly among reasons why the public enjoys this vehicle. In 2013, the Indonesian Statistic Center data showed that there were almost 85 million units of motorcycle registered in the country, and the trend is going up. This leads to rising number of motorcycle workshops, including private workshops with mechanics with lower educational background who unfortunately are not all equipped with complete knowledge in motorcycle engines.
To obtain insights, in 2014 PT Total Oil Indonesia gathered mechanics and conducted focused group discussions. From the result of this study, it was discovered that 90% of the mechanics are high school graduates with no vocational skills in engine maintenance. They are doing their job based on experience and information sharing by other mechanics. Mechanics admit that they are in need of knowledge upgrade from reliable source, especially with the technology rapidly changes.
Knowledge Upgrade by the Expert
Responding to this situation, in 2015, PT Total Oil Indonesia together with Motor Plus tabloid conducted a series of training in five cities: Jakarta, Bandung, Cirebon, Semarang, and Yogyakarta. With extensive experience in motorcycle industry, Motor Plus tabloid was in charge to distribute the invitations to mechanics in the said cities. An expert in motorcycle engines, Tommy Huang, was invited to deliver the training. Tommy, with his widely known experience, is a well respected practitioner in the field. Each session was attended by at least 100 mechanics from the surrounding area.
Enthusiast Response from Mechanics
The training sessions enjoyed enthusiast responses from participating mechanics. Not only theory was presented, but some practices were also shown, mainly to break popular myths among mechanics. For example whether lubricants with lower viscosity are always better options to keep better engine temperature.
The training drew enormous interests from motorcycle mechanics as they saw this as an opportunity to enrich their knowledge about the latest development in engine technology. “I want to learn directly from the expert, I hope we can have similar event in my city” said Mansur from Man Motor who came all the way from a small city 127 km away from Jakarta.
With such positive response, Total is proud to be able to give added values to all participating mechanics, an opportunity that they probably don’t acquire often.