Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2005
Bryan Considine started his working career as an apprentice motor mechanic for Mayne Nickless Ltd in Melbourne. He states that it was a wonderful start to an interesting and rewarding career in road transport.
After he completed his apprenticeship he became responsible for fleet maintenance at satellite depots in the north of Melbourne, Metropolitan Dairies Pty Ltd. He said the challenge of maintaining productivity with decidedly older vehicles complimented the basic skill set. In 1976 he started work as a motor mechanic and then as the late shift supervisor for Ipec Maintenance Division. For Bryan, it was a wonderfully satisfying experience. It was a job he loved and through it he met huge challenges of maintaining and repairing a relatively modern fleet of European and American concept Linehaul vehicles, in particular MAN and Kenworth. It was very different from working on the old trucks he was used to but he still came up with solutions. Bryan recalls these days as some of his best.
In 1979 Bryan decided he needed a change and took the huge step deciding to go into business for himself and he set up B. C. Diesel and Engineering. Bryan enjoyed being in control of his own ability to set his schedules and generate an income. During this time Bryan earned himself a reputation as one of the best diesel mechanics in Australia. He had a natural aptitude for mechanics but particularly enjoyed working on Detroits. Ultimately he found himself specialising in Detroit engines and before long earned himself an Australia-wide reputation as one of the best in the business.
In 1984, the Detroit Engine and Turbine Company, known as MTU Detroit Diesel Australia Pty Ltd invited Bryan to join the company and by 1986 he was the assistant service manager, responsible for the Altona Service Department. It was a period in which he familiarised himself with the corporate mind-set of a big organisation.
In the years following, Bryan thrived in the environment and worked himself up the corporate ladder at MTU. His knowledge and understanding of the Detroit product was legendary and second to none. In 1989 he became branch manager at Hallam, Victoria and by 1990 he was to become the branch manager in Wodonga, Victoria.
In 1991 he was appointed as training manager for the southern region. This role included product support in central Victoria and Mount Gambier. He later went on to become the on-highway sales manager (Detroit Diesel) southern region and in 2001 became the Tasmania manager. When his job in Tasmania was ended he returned to Melbourne to work with Detroit. Bryan has since passed away.