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Contact: Sean McNally
September 16, 2017
Nation’s Top Technicians Vie for Coveted Title at TMC Skills Competitions
More than 150 Competitors, Including 45 Students Contending in Annual Event
Orlando, Florida – Today, American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council opened up the 13th annual National Technician Skills Competitions at the Marriott Orlando World Center.
“This event has grown so much since the first competition 12 years ago,” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell. “The competitions – both TMCSuperTech and TMCFutureTech – highlight the skills and professional excellence the trucking industry’s technicians display on a daily basis.
“We see those skills growing each year, just like this event, which this year includes for the first time cybersecurity and trailer telematics challenges for our contestants,” he said. “TMC, just like our professional and student competitions, grows to respond to the changing demands of the trucking industry.”
Another feature of this year’s event will be a charity effort to raise funds for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those families, friends and colleagues that have been affected by Hurricane Irma,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “The trucking industry lives in, and delivers to, every community across America, including those communities impacted this weekend. Trucking is one of the first responders to natural disasters and we will continue to not only help in the Hurricane relief efforts, but we will also help rebuild all communities.
“We could not make those deliveries and serve those in need without technicians like the ones competing this weekend at the National Technician Skills Competitions,” Spear said. “Our industry depends on them and we are proud to recognize them this weekend.”
The TMC National Technician Skills Competitions begin September 16-17 with written exams and qualifying rounds for traditional and trailer technicians, with the finals and the TMCFutureTech National Student Skills Competition taking place on Monday, September 18.
Winners of both events will be recognized at an awards banquet on Tuesday, September 19.
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.
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