Jake Kulikovskis steps into the spotlight, literally, as the senior technician featuring in our latest YouTube videos. Here we learn more about his career at O’Brien® and his love of fast cars.
Jake has worked for 12 years with O’Brien®. While he’s normally well at home on the tools repairing or replacing windscreens out of our new O’Brien® AutoGlass Moorebank branch, this month he was put slightly outside of his comfort zone, starring in a series of new service related videos.
The videos, which cover topics such as windscreen chip repair and explaining ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) see Jake star as an O’Brien® AutoGlass expert. He helps explain and demonstrate the processes of a windscreen chip repair, windscreen replacement and the O’Brien® Cal-Tech ADAS Recalibration.
Jake was picked to feature in the videos for his experience and passion for his job but here we learn a bit more about him outside of the bright lights and cameras.
What was your first job with O’Brien® and what other jobs have you had in your time here?
I started working with O’Brien® 12 years ago in the Bus and Truck division and then later moved on to be a trainee doing windscreen repair and replacements on cars. From there I worked my way up to become a Level 4 Tech (the most experienced automotive technician level at O’Brien®) and most recently I have been working as a leading hand (senior technician managing and overseeing other technicians) at our O’Brien® AutoGlass Moorebank branch.
What do you like most about working for O’Brien®?
I like working with the great bunch of people I have around me. We all help each other and have a laugh while we work.
What is your career highlight so far?
I replaced a windscreen of a car that was on set for the movie Hacksaw Ridge (the World War II movie released in 2016, starring Sam Worthington and directed by Mel Gibson). Once I had finished the job, I was shown around the movie set. It wasn’t your average day in the office that’s for sure and one that sticks out for that reason.
When you’re not at work, how do you spend your time and what do you enjoy doing?
I have two little kids who keep me pretty busy but outside of that I also own a project car. I love working on it and even take it racing. It’s a 2003 Subaru WRX that has been built to be a street and track car. I have raced it at the drag strip, at roll racing as well as various racetracks including Eastern Creek Circuit, Wakefield Park Raceway and Pheasant Wood Circuit. I have even raced it on the skid pan against NSW Highway patrol.
If you’d like to see Jake in action replacing windscreens, repairing chips and performing an O’Brien® Cal-Tech ADAS Recalibration then cehck out these videos:
- Windscreen chip repair 1
- Windscreen chip repair 2
- Windscreen recalibration 1
- Windscreen recalibration 2
Our O’Brien® technicians are experts in this field, so if you need your windscreen repaired, and Jake is not around to help you can rest assured that you’re in good hands with any of our experts. Just call 13 16 16 or go on online today to book in your car.