The Lowdown On The Technology & Maintenance Council

What the Technology & Maintenance Council is about.

The Annual Fall Meeting is the second meeting, held in September or October. This meeting features TMC’s National Technician Skills Competition - the TMCSuperTech - which offers commercial vehicle technicians the opportunity to display their abilities and earn honors and valuable prizes. (See article elsewhere this issue.)

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The Fall Meeting also has technical education programming, as well as special technical demonstrations. It typically attracts 900 to 1,000 attendees.



Within the TMC are Study Groups - standing committees that identify problems and challenges facing motor carriers and other truck equipment users. These groups, which are long-term in nature, study a specific sector of truck technology or management.

A short-term working subcommittee of Study Groups is a Task Force. These subcommittees aim to solve problems through the development of a TMC Recommended Practice, information reports, technical policy advisories or educational sessions conducted as either a technical or a mini-technical session at a TMC general meeting.

Task Forces are composed of fleets and manufacturers collaborating to find solutions that benefit the trucking industry.



The Future Truck Committee is another group within TMC. It works to outline user needs and expectations for future vehicle designs.

This committee focuses on operational and performance requirements, rather the design requirements, allowing manufacturers great flexibility in meeting industry needs.

Further, the Future Truck Committee works with TMC Study Groups to identify areas of improvement for equipment and technology.

The committee has been successful in a number of its programs, including:

  • Development of TMC/SAE J1587/J1708 standards that establish a standardized onboard datalink and software protocol, thus avoiding a proliferation of proprietary solutions for heavy truck data communication.
  • Creation of the million-mile engine that doubles the service life of engines from the early 1980s.
  • Fuel economy gains from electronic (programmable) engines, automated manual transmissions, more efficient tire designs and aerodynamic improvements.

To learn more about TMC, visit, send an e-mail to or call (703) 838-1763.


Hannah Kolman is a freelance writer specializing in business, economic and general interest issues.

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