Technology & Maintenance Council


The purpose of the Technology & Maintenance Council is to improve transport equipment, its maintenance and maintenance management. The Council develops Recommended Engineering and Maintenance Practices that are voluntarily adopted by fleets, OEMs and components suppliers.

The Council also conducts industry surveys and promotes the voluntary cooperation among designers and manufacturers of transport equipment and those who specify, purchase and manage such equipment.

Who We Support

The Technology and Maintenance Council supports the ATA technology & Engineering Policy Committee with research, analysis and policy development.



TMC's Fleet Data Management and Cybersecurity Conference

June 25, 2019

During this conference, TMC will present training sessions on VMRS itself, creating better maintenance reports, selecting and implementing fleet maintenance…

2019 TMC Fall Meeting & National Technician Skills Competitions

September 15, 2019

A comprehensive collection of educational sessions designed to keep your maintenance personnel on the cutting edge of vehicle technology.

Future TMC Events

September 16, 2017

Here is a listng of future TMC events.

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TMC Honors Five with 2019 Silver Spark Plug

Atlanta – Today, American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council honored three professionals with its highest honor — the Silver Spark Plug —at the opening of TMC’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition.

TMC Opens Exhibit Hall During 2019 Annual Meeting

Atlanta – Today, American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council opened the doors on a sold out exhibit hall as part of TMC’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition.

TMC Names Kenneth Calhoun General Chairman andTreasurer

Atlanta – Today, American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council announced that Kenneth Calhoun, fleet optimization manager at Altec Service Group,has been elected 2019-2020 general chairman and treasurer during the organization’s Annual Meeting.

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Reports & Documents

Future Truck Information Reports

TMC IR 2015-3, Exploring the Potential for 48-Volt Commercial Vehicle Electrical Systems

Forty-eight volt electrical systems represent a great potential to save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Idle stop-start technology can help save fuel while the vehicle is motionless, and torque assist can also be supplied to the engine for launch and low-speed momentary acceleration. Increased energy storage and recapture of brake energy is also possible through 48-volt electrical/electronic (E/E) technology, further improving on overall efficiency. In addition, there are other possibilities with the use of a 48-volt supply that would not be possible with a 12-volt battery in in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), such as electronically controlled air-conditioning (A/C) compressors and fully electric power steering.

December 17, 2015

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Future Truck Position Papers

Future Truck Position Paper: 2019-2, Future Driver Accommodations: Equipment User Expectations for Driver Seating and Controls Packaging

Having studied issues with driver seating and control packages for all known driver population profiles — especially ones of smaller stature — TMC’s Future Cab & Driver Interface Task Force proposes in this paper that equipment manufacturers and suppliers develop “adjustable pedals” to accommodate the full range of drivers. Just as adjustable steering columns were necessary to accommodate larger stature drivers (especially ones with a large girth or long legs and shorter arms) and longer seat tracks were necessary to accommodate the long and short leg extremes of the driver population, the time has come to address the pedal issue.

February 22, 2019

Future Truck Position Paper: 2019-1, Recommendations Regarding Future Seating Positions

Having studied issues with driver seating and control packages for all known driver population profiles, TMC’s Future Cab & Driver Interface Task Force proposes in this paper that equipment manufacturers and suppliers develop seating systems that accommodate at least 95 percent of truck driving populations with adjustments for seat cushion width, seat cushion depth (each leg separate), lower seat back width, upper back width, lumbar vertical, lumbar in/out, and arm rest up/down.

February 20, 2019

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Study Group Information Reports

TMC IR 2018-1 Determining Technician Entry-Level Skills

This information report presents the results of the Professional Technical Development Committee’s (PTDC) Task Force on Determining Necessary Entry Level Technician Skills. The charge of this Task Force was to examine means of determining these essential skill sets to become a qualified applicant for technician positions in the industry. This report discusses the activities of the Task Force and resulting changes made to requirements for accredited technical training through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and its National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).

April 01, 2018

TMC IR 2017-2, Compliance and Certification of Electronic Logging Devices

S.12 Onboard Vehicle Electronics Information Report: 2017-2, Compliance and Certification of Electronic Logging Devices This document provides motor carriers and owner-operators guidance on what constitutes a compliant electronic logging device (ELD) system. This paper is not meant to cover all aspects of the ELD certification process, but is intended to provide sufficient detail such that fleets and owner-operators using this document can determine what is an acceptable level of supplier compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminstration’s (FMCSA) new ELD mandate.

June 30, 2017

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Study Group Position Papers

TMC TPA 2017-1 V2V Communications

The purpose of this Technical Policy Advisory (TPA) is to offer guidance to ATA in its comments on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), “Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; V2V Communications” [49 CFR Part571; Docket No. NHTSA-2016-0126]

April 01, 2017

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Awards & Scholarships

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