Diesel technicians from around the state of Arkansas will square off Friday for bragging rights and the title of Arkansas’ best.
Technicians will compete in 13 categories at the state championship including PMI, air conditioning/refrigeration, air systems and brakes, electrical, fastener, tire and wheel analysis, engines and associated, service information, written exam, work order, safety and environmental, drive train, and steering and suspension.
The truck technician competition is accompanied by a trailer technician competition, which consists of both written and hands-on competition. Categories for the trailer competition include air systems and brakes, suspension, PMI and a written exam.
Entrants include CalArk International techs Stephen Walker, Jeff Chambers and Paul Baker; Distribution Solutions’ Rex Wren and Mike Martin; McKee Foods Transportation techs Jimmy Thacker, Steven Frye, Patrick McGinley, Ryan Womack, Neal Robinson, Bub Ames, Erick Rusk, Tyson Sontag and Aaron Berry; Travel Centers of America’s Daniel Mustafa; Truck Centers of Arkansas – Springdale techs Jonathan Beeks and Aaron Martin; Tyson Foods’ Bill Brown, J.D. Flippo, Scott Cothren, Levi Goldsborough, Jeremy Willcutt and Shannon Phillips; USA Truck techs Henry Ipema, Mike DeYoung, Anthony Jellison, Jesse Elmore and Daniel Cupp; and Walmart truck techs Greg Sammons, Cary King, Robert Pyeatt, Charles Bishop, Cody Sample and David Stogsdill.
This year’s competition is scheduled for May 31 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, Arkansas.