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Competition Begins at 10th Annual TMCSuperTech Truck Technician Contest


 Contact: Sean McNally

September 22, 2014



Competition Begins at 10th Annual TMCSuperTech Truck Technician Contest


Orlando – Today, 134 truck technicians began their quest to be named Grand Champion at the 10th annual TMCSuperTech, held here at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.


The National Technician Skills Competition is being held this week in conjunction with American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council 2014 Fall Meeting.


“We started TMCSuperTech 10 years ago to highlight the skills of this too often underappreciated group of individuals,” said Carl Kirk, vice president of maintenance, information technology & logistics of American Trucking Associations. “This year, we’re excited not just to honor the many experienced technicians in the competition, but to look to the future with our first-ever student challenge.”


The TMCSuperTech 2014 competition will take place over two days – with technicians qualifying on 11 stations on Monday and then dealing with 15 hands-on challenges. This year, the competition also features a student challenge, letting aspiring truck technicians still in school test their mettle alongside some of the country’s most experienced and skilled individuals in the field.


“During the competition, these technicians won’t be asked to do anything they don’t do at their jobs every day,” said George Arrants, chairman of TMC's technician competition task force. “Since we began this program, fleets have reported to us that maintenance costs have dropped, overtime costs have dropped and on-road breakdowns have dropped.”


TMCSuperTech 2014 began this morning with written tests and qualifying tasks, before moving to tomorrow’s full battery of hands-on challenges. The student competition, featuring 23 students from around the country, will take place exclusively on Tuesday. Top competitors at each skill station and a grand champion will be announced Wednesday.


Registration for TMCs 2014 Fall Meeting is available on site and online at http://tmc.trucking.org.


American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward


TMC is America's premier technical society for truck equipment technology and maintenance professionals. TMC features a diverse membership of equipment managers, service-dealers, owner-operators, industry suppliers and manufacturers, educators, academia and others that support the trucking industry. TMC member fleets represent the broad range of industry vocations, including truckload, less-than-truckload, municipal, private, on/off-highway, construction and other operations. Find out more about TMC online at http://tmc.trucking.org.