Fall TMC meeting to explore future trucks

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With the theme “Exploring Advanced Technology,” the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2007 Fall Meeting will lead off with a technical session on what truck technology might look like in five to 15 years and how those changes will impact fleet users, safety and emissions regulations and infrastructure. Other minitechnical sessions will follow the advanced technology dealing with specific truck components.

The meeting also will include an advanced technology display, including an initial public viewing of Detroit Diesel’s 2010 emission technology based on selective catalytic conversion.

TMC’s new Corrosion Control Action Committee will meet for the first time during the Fall Meeting to start crafting solutions and learn what others have done to resolve the corrosive effects of deicing chemicals on equipment.

Tuesday’s Industry Luncheon speaker will be Tim Johnson, division chief for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Crash Avoidance and Heavy Vehicle Research Division.

As has been the case in recent fall meetings, technicians figure prominently in the agenda. The meeting will feature a technician training fair, and the meeting’s final technical session on technician hiring strategies will focus on identifying high-performing employees from pre-employment screening that can produce competitive advantages for employers.

The TMC Fall Meeting will be held in conjunction with the third annual TMCSuperTech national technician competition, sponsored by TMC and its Professional Technician Development Committee.

This year’s TMCSuperTech offers 12 skill stations, allowing for more participation and competition. Also, the stakes are higher as the TMCSuperTech2007 winner takes home more than $10,000 in prizes, and the top 84 technicians from the written test will each receive a laptop computer and other merchandise provided by Friends of the Technician sponsors.

For more information on the TMC Fall Meeting and TMCSuperTech – set for Sept. 22-27 at the Nashville Renaissance Hotel & Renaissance Convention Center – go to http://tmc.truckline.com.