SuperTech Preview

Fifth annual competition promises some surprises


TMC is once again looking for the industry's best technician. Think you know someone who's up to the challenge?

If you or one of your employees thinks they have what it takes to place their diagnostic and problem solving skills up against trucking's best of the best, then come to TMCSuperTech2009!

TMCSuperTech2009 marks the fifth anniversary of the National Technician Skills Competition, designed to determine the industry's top technician through a variety of troubleshooting tests over a two-day event. Organized by TMC's Professional Technician Develop-ment Committee (PTDC), TMCSuperTech2009 will showcase the high degree of skill and knowledge shown everyday by trucking industry technicians. And it's trucking's only industry-wide competition dedicated both to honoring technician professionalism and acknowledging the "best of the best." What's more, top winners will receive valuable prizes!

Step 1 -- Register

Any technician employed in the trucking industry may register for TMC's National Technician Skills Competition. The entry fee for TMC technician members is $100.00. The entry fee for non-member technicians is $200, which also includes TMC technician membership for the balance of 2009. The entry fee is waived for verified champions of 2009 state technician skills contests.

See the registration form for information about securing hotel accommodations.

If your state trucking association or company is interested in holding their own preliminary SuperTech-styled event as a means of selecting finalists for TMCSuperTech2009, refer to TMC's "How to Conduct a Technician Skills Competition" brochure, which can be downloaded from http://tmc.truckline.com

Step 2--Come to Raleigh

Come to TMC's 2009 Fall Meeting at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C., Sept 14-17. When you arrive on Monday, Sept. 14, you'll be given your TMCSuperTech credentials and you'll be asked to attend a special orientation for contestants.

Step 3 -- Take the Test

All contestants will compete in a challenge round on Monday afternoon, Sept. 14, consisting of a written multiple-choice examination and a hands-on skill pre-qualification test. Contestants will be given two hours to complete the test.

NOTE: The PTDC Technician Training Fair will be held on Monday, Sept. 14 and Wednesday, Sept. 16. Attendance at these training sessions will earn contestants additional bonus points which will be counted scoring for the Hands-on Skills Challenge!

Step 4--Attend the Reception

After the examination, it's off to the TMCSuperTech2009 Reception. It's at this time that we will announce the names of the contestants who will compete in the finals on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Afterwards, everyone will get a sneak peak at the Skills Challenge stations, where the hands-on finals will take place the next day.

A maximum of 96 contestants (limit is tentative, subject to change depending on available resources) will advance to compete in the Hands-On Skills Challenge. Certified grand champions from State Trucking Association contests will automatically be included in the Hands-On Skills Challenge. All finalists will receive a special prize package.

Step 5 -- Enjoy the Competition

On Tuesday from 8 am to 4 pm, qualifying contestants will compete in a series of 14 stations, covering the following diagnostic skills areas:
• Electrical/Electronics
• Starting and Charging
• Tires and Wheels
• Wheel Ends
• Trailer Alignment
• Engine (Electronics)
• Engine (Hardware)
• Steering/Suspension
• PMI
• Drivetrain
• Service Information
• Repair Order
• Fastener Repair
• Fifth Wheel

Lunch will be provided for all contestants, judges and other registered guests. Spectators will be welcome on the competition floor, too!

Step 6 -- Savor the Awards Luncheon

We'll announce the winners of the competition and present trophies and prizes during TMC's Wednesday Industry Awards Luncheon. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd best in the overall competition. Winners will also be named for those receiving the best score at each skills station.

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