Registration open for TMC Fall meeting

TMCRegistration is now open for American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) 2016 Fall Meeting and National Technician Skills Competitions — TMCSuperTech 2016 and TMCFutureTech 2016 — scheduled for Sept. 18-22, 2016, at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, N.C.

This fall’s event will feature such important technical sessions as the evolution of engine coolants, 48-volt electric systems, preventive maintenance strategies, electronic stability control and operational awareness of electronic logging, hydraulic system component failure analysis, technician retention and implementing green architecture for fleet operations, TMC says.

“We’re certainly living through interesting times in our industry and our meeting topics are all about crafting solutions to the environmental, economic and regulatory challenges that we face everyday,” says Carl Kirk, ATA vice president of maintenance, information technology & logistics. “Our technician skills competition recognizes the technical achievements of our technicians, whether in service with fleets, leasing companies, dealerships or other service providers. This is an important time to promote those skills and encourage new technicians to join our industry.”

TMC says more than 100 task forces will meet on Sept. 19, to continue work on recommended practices, information reports and position papers. TMC’s annual Fleet Talk will provide the opportunity for maintenance and equipment professionals to exchange information related to equipment problems. During the opening Town Meeting, TMC’s Fleet Operator’s Forum will provide the opportunity for maintenance and equipment professionals to seek redress for unresolved equipment issues they have with manufacturers, TMC says.

Concurrently with the TMC Fall Meeting, technicians from across the country will compete in the National Technician Skills Competition and National Student Technician Competition. TMCSuperTech 2016 activities begin on Sept. 18, with orientation and a qualifying written test, and qualifying rounds of diagnostic skills areas will be held Monday with a reception and announcement of competitors for Tuesday’s hands-on skills challenge. TMCFutureTech 2016, sponsored by Velociti, will challenge student technicians with hands-on skill station challenges on Sept. 20. Winners of both competitions will be announced at Wednesday’s TMCSuperTech 2016 Awards Luncheon — open to both contestants and meeting attendees, TMC says.

“The work our industry’s technicians do is critical to keeping trucks on the road, moving America’s freight,” says ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “Events like TMC’s National Skills Competition highlight not just that importance, but the proficiency of these highly skilled men and women.”

For more information on TMC’s Fall Meeting and to sign up, please CLICK HERE.

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