The technician team from FedEx Freight won its fifth straight title at the National Technicians Skills Competition during the American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council fall meeting in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday. FedEx is the only fleet to ever win the team competition since it began five years ago.
The Harrison, Ark.-based mega-carrier was led by Mark McLean, who was named the 2017 Grand Champion – the third time he’s won the event.
“It feels good,” said the New Paltz, N.Y., resident who works for FedEx Freight. “I am a competitive person and I take a lot of pride in my work, so this kind of validates what I do. That means a lot to me, especially with so many talented techs here from all over the country.”
FedEx Freight technician Doug Nickels finished runner up in the overall competition.
“TMC has been raising awareness about the trucking industry’s need for technicians,” says TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell, “The skills demonstrated by Mark and Darrell and their fellow TMCSuperTech competitors show the talent that already exists in our industry and the proficiency Bonnie and her fellow students displayed that our industry is in good hands in the future. On behalf of the entire TMC membership, I want to congratulate them and all our participants on a tremendous competition.”
Darrell Duggan, of Wal-Mart Transportation LLC, won the TMCSuperTech Trailer Technician Competition.
Bonnie Greenwood, a student from WyoTech in Laramie, Wy., became the first woman to win the TMCFutureTech National Student Technician Competition.