In preparation for the TMCSuperTech, some companies help their technicians gain experience in corporate, local, regional and state technician skills competitions.
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TMC’s manual, How to Conduct a Technician Skills Competition, was produced to help organizations conduct their own technician skills competitions.
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There are many ways in which companies help prepare their technicians to showcase their knowledge and abilities at the TMCSuperTech - North America’s National Technician Skills Competition for professional commercial vehicle technicians.
The annual event is put on by the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC), and held concurrently with its annual fall meeting. This year it is September 10 to 13 in Pittsburgh, PA.
A technical council of American Trucking Associations (ATA) - the largest national trade association for the trucking industry, TMC’s mission is to improve transport equipment, its maintenance and maintenance management.
Two measures companies take to ready their technicians for the TMCSuperTech are to create their own technician skills competition, and have their 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 insight and experience into what they can expect at the industry’s main event.
In many cases, corporate, local, regional and state technician skills competitions mirror those conducted at the national TMCSuperTech and include written tests as well as hands-on diagnostic skills stations.
The grand champions of state trucking association and maintenance council technician skills competitions automatically qualify for the TMCSuperTech. Their entry fee is waived and they skip the pre-qualification tests and are automatically included in the Hands-On Skills Challenge.
GUIDANCE FOR COMPETITIONS
TMC has developed a manual, How to Conduct a Technician Skills Competition, to help organizations conduct their own technician skills competitions.
In addition to detailing how the TMCSuperTech is organized, the manual provides step-by-step guidance, advice and recommendations for participating. There is also information on proper attire and safety for competitors, tools and parts required, skills stations organization and scoring and judging.
Sample forms and competition scoring sheets are included.
The manual also contains guidelines on how organizations can establish and promote their competitions at a state/regional or corporate level. There are also the particulars on how organizations can ensure their competition champions register to compete in the TMCSuperTech.
How to Conduct a Technician Skills Competition may be downloaded, at no cost, from: www.truckline.com/federation/councils/tmc/documents/how2suprtc.pdf.
These state maintenance councils currently conduct a professional technician skills competition:
Arizona Trucking Association
Skills Competition Contact: Eli Garza
Phone: (623) 386-0087
Arkansas Maintenance & Technology Council
Skills Competition Contact: Sarah Sheets
California Trucking Association
Skills Competition Contact: Mike Siebert
Phone: (949) 413-6632
Delaware Motor Transport Association
Skills Competition Contact: Phillip Schibblehut
Phone: (302) 659-4852
Florida Trucking Association
Skills Competition Contact: Rob Carryl
Phone: (904) 423-1373
Indiana Motor Truck Association
Skills Competition Contact: Randy Obermeyer
Phone: (831) 931-5448
Kansas Motor Truck Association
Skills Competition Contact: Warren Krauss
Phone: (785) 267-1641
Kentucky Motor Transport Association
Skills Competition Contact: Gene Blasi
Phone: (502) 778-1529
Maine Motor Transport Association
Skills Competition Contact: Randy DeVaualt
Phone: (207) 623-4128
Missouri Trucking Association
Skills Competition Contact: Ron Breau
Phone: (573) 634-3388
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: Tracy Francis
Phone: (518) 458-9696
Oklahoma Trucking Association
Chairman: Bonne Karim
Phone: (405) 641-5241
Oregon Trucking Associations
Skills Competition Contact: Dean Moyer
Phone: (971) 263-6780
South Carolina Trucking Association
Skills Competition Contact: Chris Davis
Phone: (803) 513-8245
Tennessee Trucking Association
Skills Competition Contact: Wayne Finchum
Phone: (931) 684-5032
Texas Motor Transportation Association
Skills Competition Contact: Lance Shillingburg
Phone: (512) 478-2541