At each skills station, judges use a detailed station-specific score sheet developed by each skills station’s technical committee. Judging scores reflect an assessment of technical skills and knowledge, speed and accuracy and quality of workmanship by the competitors.
Judges for the Hands-On Skills Challenge are volunteers who are recognized experts within each skill’s competition area.
The examination questions and skills stations are adjusted each year to keep up with industry developments and the ongoing changes with technology.
A grand champion is named from each TMCSuperTech. Trophies and prizes are also given for second and third place. Technicians who receive the best score at each skills station, including those in the pre-qualification, are acknowledged and presented with prizes as well.
Held in conjunction with each TMCSuperTech is the PTDC Technician Training Fair. This is a series of educational sessions created to help commercial vehicle technicians, shop supervisors and fleet managers stay current on the latest technologies and techniques related to vehicle service and maintenance. (See article elsewhere this issue.) The sessions for this year’s fair are:
- Fastener Training 101.
- Compressed Natural Gas Engines - Spark Ignition Components.
- Compressed and Liquid Natural Gas Technology and Safety.
- Fifth Wheel Upper Coupler Technology and Inspection.
- Computer-Based Total Vehicle Diagnostic Routines.
Those TMCSuperTech competitors who attend any of the training sessions are awarded bonus points. Often, as close as the competition is, these bonus points can make a big difference in how a competitor finishes.
The training qualifies for continuing education credit units accepted by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) (www.natef.org) - an independent, non-profit organization that evaluates technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommends qualifying programs for certification (accreditation) by ASE.
Value of TMC helping build the organization.