The American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council will hold its 2015 Fall Meeting and 11th National Technician Skills Competition on Sept. 21-25 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla.
“The meeting theme – Maintenance Today, Profit Tomorrow – centers around finding answers to the environmental, economic and regulatory challenges that face our industry,” said Carl Kirk, ATA vice president of maintenance, information technology and logistics. “Additionally, our technician skills competition recognizes the technical achievements of our technicians, whether in service with fleets, leasing company, dealership or other service providers. This is an important time to promote those skills and encourage new technicians to join our industry.”
The TMC Fall Meeting will feature technical sessions covering topics including troubleshooting aftertreatment systems, electronic driver vehicle inspections and cybersecurity, as well as a number of smaller educational sessions on a variety of topics from recruiting and mentorship to fuel system management and electronic issues.
TMC’s annual Industry Luncheon speaker will be Kenneth Vieth, president and senior analyst for ACT Research Co., where he is the company’s principal heavy-truck and trailer market analyst.
Concurrently with the TMC Fall Meeting, top technicians from across the country will compete in the National Technician Skills Competition – TMCSuperTech 2015 – held in conjunction with TMC’s Fall Meeting. A qualifying round of exams will be held on Monday with a reception and announcement of qualifying competitors for Tuesday’s hands-on skills challenge.
TMC is also expanding its National Student Technician Competition, TMCFutureTech 2015, sponsored by Velociti with a set of skill stations for technician students to be held on Tuesday.
Winners of both competitions will be announced at Wednesday’s TMCSuperTech 2015 Awards Luncheon, open to both contestants and meeting attendees.