Skip Egner, technician with Fort Myers, Fla.-based Service  Experts, was the winner of the seventh annual NATE Certified Technician Competition.

Skip Egner was named Top Tech in the seventh annual North American Technician Excellence Certified Technician Competition.

The competition was held Sept. 17-18 during Comfortech in Baltimore.

Egner, a technician with Service Experts in Fort Myers, Fla., competed against other finalists in a hands-on competition. Only technicians earning a NATE certification or adding one in the preceding 12 months were eligible to compete.

Of the 10,000 technicians who took the NATE exam in 2005, Egner’s score placed him in the top tenth of the top one percent of exam candidates. Technicians who pass the core NATE exam and one specialty exam become NATE certified.

During the technician competition, Egner competed in a series of timed, hands-on events using HVAC simulators programmed with specific heating and cooling problems. Egner analyzed, diagnosed and corrected numerous equipment and system malfunctions on each of the five simulators. Judges evaluated each technician’s accuracy and skill to select the winner.

“Competing in the Certified Technician Competition was a tremendous opportunity and a chance for the HVACR community to showcase the role of technician certification in keeping our customers comfortable,” said Egner.

Mark Oetzel, general manager with Service Experts, said his entire team is very proud of Egner’s achievement.

“Skip has been a valued member of our team for several years and it’s rewarding to see him achieve this national level of recognition for his technician skills,” he said.