The Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations will hold its 2011 Fall Meeting and TMCSuperTech2011 National Technician Skills Competition on Sept. 19-22 at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, N.C. The meeting theme, “Maintenance Solutions You Can Count On,” will be carried out through technical sessions covering management, training, product selection, regulations and the environment.
Full technical sessions include ” Update of U.S. DOT’s Wireless/Smart Roadside Initiative” and “OEM Response to TMC Recommended Practice Usage.” Study Group mini-technical sessions include:
• “Guidelines for Protecting Vehicle Electrical Circuits”;
• “Fuel Efficient Engine Oils”;
• “In-cab Cleaning and Deodorizing”;
• “Disaster Recovery Planning: A Framework for Business Continuity”;
• “Limitations of Wide-Base Wheels”;
• “The Increasing Importance of Intermodal and the Changing Requirements for Its Equipment and Maintenance”;
• “Energy Overview of Alternative Fuels”;
• “Condition-Based Maintenance: Part II”;
• “Design/Specifications and Maintenance of Liftgates for Light/Medium Vehicles”; and
• “Hybrid, Alternative Fuel and Electric Vehicle Update”.
TMC’s Service Providers Committee will present the technical session “Repair Order Approval and Authorization: Part I,” and the Corrosion Control Action Committee will present “Merlin’s Magic Coatings: An Overview of Coatings for Corrosion Prevention.”
More than 100 Task Forces will meet on Monday, Sept. 19, to continue work on Recommended Practices, Information Reports and Position Papers. TMC’s Fleet Operator’s Forum, Fleet Talk and Shop Talk again will provide the opportunity for maintenance and equipment professionals to seek redress to equipment problems and exchange information related to equipment problems.
Additional educational opportunities for meeting attendees will be available at the Technician Training Fair, held in conjunction with TMCSuperTech2011. Six training sessions will be held on Monday and repeated on Wednesday to maximize training opportunities. The training qualifies for National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation continuing education credits.
TMCSuperTech2011 contestants from across the country will attend the PTDC Training Fair, take their qualifying written exams and attend a reception in their honor on Monday, following by the daylong Hands-on Skills Challenge on Tuesday. Wednesday’s TMCSuperTech2011 Awards Luncheon – open to both contestants and meeting attendees – will be the setting for the announcement of this year’s top truck technicians.
Additional information and registration for TMC’s 2011 Fall Meeting and National Technician Skills Competition is available online at http://tmc.truckline.com.