Companies use various methods and measures to prepare their technicians to participate in the TMCSupertech - North America’s premier skills competition for professional commercial vehicle technicians put on by the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC).
One is to create their own technician skills competition. Another is having technicians compete in local, regional or state technician skills competitions.
The feeling is that technicians who take part in such competitions will be better equipped to compete at the national level because they gain some insight and experience into what they can expect.
In many cases, corporate, local, regional and state technician skills competitions mirror those conducted at the national TMCSuperTech competition and include written tests as well as hands-on diagnostic skills stations.
Because of the large interest shown in its TMCSuperTech, TMC has developed the manual “How to Conduct a Technician Skills Competition.” It is intended to help organizations conduct their own technician skills competitions.
Along with providing step-by-step guidance, advice and recommendations, the manual describes how TMCSuperTech is organized and includes information on proper attire and safety for competitors, tools and parts, skills stations, scoring and judging. Sample forms and competition scoring sheets are included.
“How to Conduct a Technician Skills Competition” may be downloaded for free from TMC’s website: http://tmc.truckline.com. The publication can be found at the bottom of the “TMC News” section.
These are the state maintenance councils that currently conduct a professional technician skills competition:
Arkansas Maintenance & Technology Council
Skills Competition Contact: Tim Wilson
Phone: (479) 361-521
California Trucking Association
Skills Competition Contact: Mike Siebert
Phone: (949) 413- 6632
Delaware Motor Transport Association
Skills Competition Contact: Scott Malcolm
Phone: (302) 659-5294
Florida Trucking Association
Skills Competition Contact: Rob Carryl
Phone: (904) 422-1273
Indiana Motor Truck Association
Skills Competition Contact: Bobby Barger
Phone: (812) 523-5686
Kansas Motor Truck Association
Skills Competition Contact: Warren Krauss
Phone: (785) 267-1641
Kentucky Motor Transport Association
Skills Competition Contact: David Wittery
Phone: (502) 584-5226
Maine Motor Transport Association
Skills Competition Contact: Todd Cotier
Phone: (207) 947-1106
Motor Carriers of Montana
(The competition includes the Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming state trucking associations.)
Skills Competition Contact: Frank Molodecki
Phone: (406) 896-3489
Nebraska Trucking Association
Skills Competition Contact: Suzanne Eggert
Phone: (402) 476-8504
New York State Motor Truck Association
Skills Competition Contact: Karen Kennett
Phone: (518) 458-9696
Oklahoma Trucking Association
Oklahoma City, OK
Chairman: Bonne Karim
Phone: (405) 641-5241
Oregon Trucking Associations
Skills Competition Contact: Dean Moyer
Phone: (503) 209-3312
Focused technician skills competitions can be a farm team for the TMCSuperTech