Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell Service Technician, Patrick West, has a new accomplishment to add to his list of achievements! Patrick is now 1 of 120 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Technicians nationwide who can call themself a Commercial Vehicle Certified Diagnostic Technician! Patrick was hand picked by a Mercedes-Benz Field Technician Specialist to apply to the course. From there he was selected by MBUSA to partake in the course.
Patrick grew up in Fayetteville, Ohio, just 50 miles east of Cincinnati, on a cattle and crop farm. He began his career early by servicing and repairing his family’s farm equipment. He started his professional career as a technician working at a dealership at just 16 years-old working on commercial vehicles. After years of working, learning, and loving commercial vans, Patrick decided he needed a change of pace! It just so happened that a new dealership was opening with an open position for a commercial van technician, at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell! This is when he decided to switch brands and begin working on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans. Patrick says he decided to make the change because he feels Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans are a “better product” which makes working on them that much better!
When asked why he chose to work on commercial vehicles rather than standard vehicles, Patrick says he was thrown into it because he was “small enough to fit!” The more serious answer being he finds them much more simple to work on! Without so many different models, Patrick says he is able to become an expert in all things Sprinter!
So what’s next for Patrick? Hopefully a 1967 Lincoln Continental – his dream car!