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  • Off on the right path

    By David Kolman - Wednesday December 29, 2010
    There are several things I’ve to come to grips with at the start of each New Year.  One is to remember to write the correct year on any paperwork. For me, that always takes some getting used to.  Another is to conscientiously try to be a better...
  • Christmas Eve at the maintenance facility

    By David Kolman - Thursday December 16, 2010
    T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the maintenance facility, Not a creature was stirring, and there was no technician-manager hostility.  The stockings were hung in the lunchroom with care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be...
  • The sole remaining vehicle of its kind

    By David Kolman - Wednesday December 8, 2010
    I think it's fair to say that most technicians are vehicle fanatics. Technicians love vehicles and equipment, their components parts and accessories and all the nuts, bolts and pieces that go with them.  Many are always on the lookout for a project...
  • Appreciation time

    By David Kolman - Wednesday November 24, 2010
    It could be argued that the Thanksgivings holiday is the nation's premier family celebration. It's a time when family and friends get together to enjoy each other's company and take part in a substantial feast.   It's also an occasion to pause and give...
  • Technician attractive rating

    By David Kolman - Friday November 12, 2010
    Ever walked into a maintenance facility, glanced around at the technicians there and thought to yourself: “That sure is one group of unattractive people?”  Come on. Admit it. We all have at one time or another.  Should there ever be a trucking...
  • The feds now have to be clear and concise

    By David Kolman - Wednesday November 3, 2010
    With all the commotion and hoopla of the elections, you might have overlooked passage of what I consider to be some very significant federal legislation: the “Plain Writing Act of 2010” (H.R. 946).   Signed into law by the president in...
  • Market pressures and the role of the vehicle technician

    By David Kolman - Friday October 22, 2010
    For the most part, only in North American can truck users spec engines, transmissions, axles and so on, and then have the truck OEM assemble this componentry.   However, there is a creeping vertical integration in North American truck...
  • Electric vehicle technologies

    By David Kolman - Friday October 1, 2010
    During my research for the feature on commercial electric vehicles that will appear in Fleet Maintenance Magazine’s October issue of, I had a conversation with Yaron Vorona, director of the TREM Center, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security...
  • This pressure cooker is not for me

    By David Kolman - Friday September 24, 2010
    I was one of those students who typically performed well in school but too often did not test well.  That is one of the reasons I was so impressed with the competitors - all 106 of them - at this year's TMCSuperTech2010.  The two-day event is...
  • Getting my hands dirty

    By David Kolman - Wednesday September 8, 2010
    I have a new found respect and appreciation for professional vehicle technicians, especially for those that possess the ability to diagnose the source of a problem quickly and accurately.  This comes from my participation in a hands-on engine...