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.



2019 TMC Annual Meeting

March 18, 2019

The Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition is home to trucking’s leading fleet professionals, vehicle…

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, starting with TMC's 2018 Annual Meeting, March 5-8, at the Georgia World…

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Registration Opens for ATA’s TMC 2019 Annual Meeting

Arlington, Virginia – American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council announced it had opened registration for its 2019 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition, to be held March 18-21 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Complete TMCSuperTech 2018 Results

Today, American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council released the complete and corrected results of the 2018 National Technician Skills Competitions – TMCSuperTech – and the 2018 National Student Technician Skills Competition – TMCFutureTech sponsored by the TechForce Foundation.

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Reports & Documents

Future Truck Information Reports

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Future Truck Position Papers

Future Truck Position Paper 2018-5: Recommendations Regarding Dynamic Tire Inflation for Commercial Vehicles

Current practice for tire inflation pressure maintenance in the commercial vehicle fleet does not account for varying load, speed and environmental operating conditions actually experienced by the tire and vehicle. TMC recommends development of an integrated tire inflation pressure control system that can compensate for these factors and provide an automated means of inflating and deflating each tire to match the conditions encountered. This paper discusses the capabilities needed in such technology to provide value to trucking companies and how the technology could be successfully integrated into fleets.

December 14, 2018

Future Truck Committee Position Paper: 2018-3; Automatic Monitoring of Electrical System Health

TMC’s Future Truck Committee charged its Sensor Enhanced Maintenance Task Force to evaluate and state a position on the feasibility of automatic monitoring of electrical system health. The finding of that task force is that automatic monitoring of electrical system health is achievable by combining onboard circuit analysis with Testing for Statistical Significance (TSS). When paired together, these two fundamentally sound sciences quantify the state of health (SOH) for batteries, alternators, starters, and electrical cables. The use of the SAE J1939 communication network allows for downloading of data, scheduling of maintenance and integration with fleet management systems.

August 20, 2018

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Study Group Information Reports

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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Radio Shows

Awards & Scholarships

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