The annual Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) National Technician Skills Competition - TMCSuperTech - is the trucking’s only industry-wide competition dedicated both to honoring technician professionalism and acknowledging the best of the best.
The most accomplished competitors, determined through a variety of diagnostic and problem-solving skill tests, earn industry recognition and valuable prizes.
Getting involved with TMCSuperTech2010 is a matter of taking six steps.
STEP 1 - REGISTER
Any technician employed in the trucking industry may register for the competition. The entry fee for TMC technician members is $100. For non-member technicians, the entry fee is $175, and that includes TMC technician membership for the remainder of this year.
The entry fee is waived for verified grand champions of 2010 state technician skills contests.
Any state trucking association or company may hold its own preliminary SuperTech-styled event as a means of selecting finalists for TMCSuperTech2010. TMC’s “How to Conduct a Technician Skills Competition” publication can be a great resource for this. It can be downloaded at no charge from the TMC website: http://tmc.truckline.com. The publication is located at the bottom of the “TMC News” section.
STEP 2 - ATTEND
The TMCSuperTech is being held in conjunction with TMC’s annual Fall Meeting, September 20 to 23 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC. Upon checking in for the competition on Monday, September 20, registered SuperTech competitors will receive their SuperTech credentials and be invited to attend a special orientation for competitors.
STEP 3 - PRE-QUALIFY
All SuperTech competitors will compete in a challenge round on Monday afternoon. It will consist of a written multiple-choice examination and a hands-on pre-qualification skills test. Competitors will be given two hours to complete these tests.
STEP 4 - GATHER
Monday evening is the TMCSuperTech2010 Reception. This is where the names of the competitors who have done well enough in the pre-qualification challenge round to move on to the Hands-On Skills Challenge are announced. Held on Tuesday, September 21, it is a series of stations that cover 14 key diagnostic skills areas. Each 25-minute-long skill station has its own set of challenges.
All finalists will receive a special prize package.
A maximum of no more than 100 competitors will advance to the Hands-On Skills Challenge. This limit is tentative and subject to change depending on available resources.
Certified grand champions from state trucking association contests skip the pre-qualification and are automatically included in the Skills Challenge.
After the announcing of the finalists, everyone gets a sneak peak at the Skills Challenge stations.
STEP 5 - COMPETE
The Hands-On Skills Challenge takes place on Tuesday from 8 am to 4 pm. Qualifying competitors go through the series of 14 stations, covering the following diagnostic skills areas:
Starting and Charging
Tires and Wheels
PMI (preventive maintenance inspection)
Lunch is provided for all competitors, judges and other registered guests. Spectators are welcome on the competition floor.
STEP 6 - RECOGNIZE
The winners of the TMCSuperTech will be announced, and their trophies and prizes presented, during the TMC Industry Awards Luncheon on Wednesday. Awards are for first, second and third best in the overall competition. Those with the best score at each skill station are also recognized.
The technician who earns the first place honor, TMCSuperTech Grand Champion, will receive an expense-paid trip of his/her choice to the 2010 Daytona 500, Super Bowl or other equivalent package, plus other prizes. The grand champion will also be presented with a special trophy and his/her name will appear on the TMCSuperTech Grand Champion Banner that is displayed at every TMC meeting.
Second and third place winners also receive trophies and valuable prizes. Individuals who place Best in Skills Category receive a special prize as well.