Thoughts on Councils

To the Editor This is a great story ("Join the Club," Feb., 2005), super job of reporting the good things that are going on in our industry. I have been involved in technician training for a lot of years and it raises my spirits to read about techs that actually look forward to learning and...


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To the Editor

This is a great story ("Join the Club," Feb., 2005), super job of reporting the good things that are going on in our industry. I have been involved in technician training for a lot of years and it raises my spirits to read about techs that actually look forward to learning and bettering themselves and mastering their profession.

It amazes me that if the state maintenance councils are all about training and certification and competitions that the TMC has stayed so far away from it for all these years.

Thank you for the great article.

Gene Brown

ATech Training

Walton, KY

Gene,

Thanks for the compliments on the story, but it's the folks involved in keeping State and Regional Maintenance Councils going that are deserving of praise.

As to the TMC, they've offered technician training sessions at their past two Fall Meetings, and next September will offer the first ever national Technician Skills Competition. TMC recognizes the need to offer more training and services to technicians, so I think you're just going to see more and more of that over the next few years.

The fact is that some fleet professionals may be best served by a national Council, while others may be best served by a local Council. Maybe technician certification makes better sense on a local scale than on a national scale. The important thing, it seems to us, is for the various Councils to talk to each other, and exchange ideas and information. That way, everyone's needs can be met.

On a side note, we recently spoke with a reader and TMC member from Missouri who is interested in starting up a State Maintenance Council. We'll keep track of his progress here and keep you informed.

Editor

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