SuperTech2008 is Almost Here

Now that the entry deadline has passed for SuperTech2008, the national technician skills competition put on by the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC), the excitement surrounding the event is starting to build. In 12 days, about a hundred technicians from all across the country will gather at the TMC Fall Meeting in Nashville, TN, to show their stuff, and to compete for the title of SuperTech 2008. This year's event will be bigger and better than ever, with technicians competing in 14 different skill areas: Electrical/Electronics; Brakes; HVAC; Engines; Steering & Suspension; PMI; Drivetrain; Service Information; Tire & Wheel; Wheel End; Starting & Charging Systems; Work Order; Fasteners & Repairs; Safety & Environmental. The competition will kick off with a bang on Monday, Sept. 15, with a written test that will determine the competitors in the hands-on section, and then on Tuesday the real action begins on the competition floor. Believe me, it's a sight worth seeing. Between the technicians' single-minded focus on the troubleshooting challenges they're facing and the volunteer judges' experienced eyes watching over the proceedings, there's just a whole lot of intensity in the room, and you know that the winners are going earn it. If you can be in Nashville in two weeks to see the event, I encourage youi to do so. If you can't, stay tuned to Fleet Maintenance magazine, as we'll be reporting on the event in an upcoming issue. And start planning to send your best technicians next year!