Born To Lead
From an early age Samson Wanjau stood out as a leader and it was no surprise when he was promoted as one of the team leaders at our workshop in Nairobi. Leading a team of eight technicians, he is responsible for allocating duties amongst his team members. “When a vehicle comes to the workshop, together with the other team leaders we check what the issue is then allocate the job to our team members. We allocate the easiest jobs first then the hardest to ensure that we maintain a smooth workflow at the workshop,” he explains.
Samson enjoys his job at Scania because he is a teacher at the workshop, sharing knowledge and ideas with his team members for them to further develop their technical skills. “It gives me so much joy when my team members learn a new skill that I have taught them, that enhances their efficiency when they are working on a vehicle,” he explains excitedly.
Scania Top Team
Samson is also fortunate to have been part of the team that represented Kenya and East Africa in the Scania Top Team regional final that took place in June 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Although the team did not proceed to the next round, they emerged as the best team in Africa. “Participating in the Scania Top Team competition was a highlight for me. Competing with other highly skilled technicians from other countries put us on the map in showing the world that even here in Kenya, we also have the best,” he points out.
Participating in the competition was also a learning opportunity for Samson because the tasks which they had to complete as a team tested their team spirit, skills and knowledge. “We were allocated a specific amount of time to complete each task, and we had to work with speed and accuracy to maximize the time which we were allocated. These are skills that we have incorporated at the workshop in ensuring that our customers’ vehicles are out of the workshop and back on the road in the shortest time possible,” he explains.
Which is your favourite part of a Scania truck or bus?
I admire the engineering that has gone into building the engine in the trucks and buses and the gearbox in the trucks.
What advice would you give a Scania truck or bus owner in increasing the lifespan of their vehicle?
My advice is always for customers to bring their vehicles for service at Scania workshops and at the intervals we have recommended. We have the specialised tools, highly skilled technicians and genuine parts that will have their vehicles on the road for many years.
What advice would you give to a young lady or gentleman who would also like to be a technician like you?
They should be focused, hardworking and have the passion and interest in developing their career in this industry.