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Technician Training

April 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Creating a Better Technician Training Ecosystem

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

If you want a better technician training ecosystem, sometimes you have to go out and make it happen. That's what some manufacturers created in California's Central Valley.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Education, Technician Training

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: TMC Chairman Jeff Harris to Focus on Technicians

Jeff Harris, vice president, maintenance, USA Truck, is TMC's 2018 Chairman. Photo: USA Truck

By Jack Roberts

This year's chairman of ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council says it all starts with truck technicians. Read our interview with USA Truck's Jeff Harris.

Tags: Technician Shortage, TMC, Technician Training, Technicians, USA Truck, Future Trucks

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Battle for Diesel Technicians

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the trucking industry will need an estimated 67,000 new technicians and 75,000 diesel engine specialists by 2022. Photo: Ryder

By Ronnie Garrett

As fleets face off against the growing technician shortage, the need grows for partnerships with educational institutions and enhanced recruiting and retention efforts.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Recruiting, Technician Training, Technicians, Mechanics

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Do Final Mile Trends Mean for Equipment and Maintenance Managers?

Mercedes Benz vans has developed potential logistics concepts involving electric vans, robots, drones, and smart autonomous loading systems. Photo: Mercedes-Benz

By Deborah Lockridge

As urban centers increasingly battle problems with pollution and congestion while e-commerce grows by leaps and bounds, we’ll see changing technologies in last-mile logistics – and changing maintenance challenges.

Tags: Technician Training, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Last Mile Delivery, TMC, UPS, Maintenance Management, Alternative Fuels

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Fleets Are Looking to Outsource Maintenance and Repairs

Gerry Mead, center, former senior VP of maintenance for U.S. Xpress and now with Phillips Industries, and Ernie Sibbick, right, maintenance supervisor at Keith Hall & Sons Transport, discuss the parts and service needs of today's fleets. Photo courtesy Today's Trucking

By Denise Rondini

Fleets say they want to outsource more of their maintenance and repair, but continue to do much of it in-house as they try to find service providers that can meet their needs.

Tags: Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Technician Shortage, Outsourcing, Vehicle Repairs, Technician Training, Technicians, HDAW, HDAD

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cautiously Optimistic, Rusty Rush Looks Ahead

Rusty Rush predicts “headwinds” with electric trucks, but thinks they will start to become commonplace in a couple years’ time. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

The Rush Truck Centers CEO says he sees an industry today with a lot of new technology and not nearly enough technicians.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Technician Training, Technicians, Rush Tech Skills Rodeo

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Swift Celebrates Tech Excellence With SwiftTech Competition

At the SwiftTech competition, technicians were given simulated problems to troubleshoot and solve within a set time limit. Photos: Steven Martinez<br />

By Steven Martinez

Swift’s annual SwiftTech competition goes beyond pitting techs against each other in a series of trials. Learn more in the November HDT Fleet Talk.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Competition, Technician Training, Technicians, Swift Transportation

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Fast-Tracking Technicians

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The TechSpedite program teaches technicians how to do the job not just from a technical perspective but from a personal and professional perspective too, explains Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini in her September column.

Tags: Maintenance, Training, Technician Training, Hiring, Technicians

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Technician Training Alliance Aims to Improve Repair Process

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

A memorandum of understanding required manufacturers to make service info available on model year 2010 trucks and newer but it did not mean that the truck makers had to provide training.

Tags: OEM, Aftermarket, Technician Training, Parts and Service

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The Modern Maintenance Manager: Managing Today's Technicians

By Deborah Lockridge

With trucks turning into sophisticated equipment resembling computers on wheels, plus increasing emphasis on uptime, controlling costs, and safety and compliance, today’s technicians need to know how to do much more than turn a wrench.

Tags: Maintenance, Technician Training, Technicians

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

9 Best Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Technicians

A well formulated mentor program assigns new technicians to more skilled technicians who can answer their questions and serve as an industry expert. Photo: Ryder

By Denise Rondini

For many fleets the diesel technician shortage is already a reality. Here are nine things that will help you in your technician recruiting and retention efforts.

Tags: Recruiting, Technician Training, Technicians, Retention

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Upgrading Refuse Fleets to CNG: Three Considerations Beyond Economics

Photo courtesy of McNeilus.

By Annalloyd Thomason, Natural Gas Vehicle Institute

Refuse fleets are one of the fastest growing markets for compressed natural gas, primarily because of the significant fuel cost savings that can be realized. The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute offers these key factors refuse fleets need to examine when considering upgrading to CNG.

Tags: Driver Training, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Technician Training, CNG, Refuse Fleets, NGVi

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Investing in Technician Training

Everyone has time and budget constraints these days, so your plan to create a useful training program have to be realistic.

By Rolf Lockwood and Deborah Lockridge

The nearly 200 technicians who work for Inland Truck Parts at its locations in 10 states across the central U.S. can now heading to the Kansas City area to train in a new, dedicated training facility, complete with classroom space for nearly 100 students, three service bays and nine rebuilding benches.

Tags: Managing the Shop, Technician Training

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Inland Truck Parts Dedicated to Training Technicians

Inland&amp;rsquo;s new 15,000-square-foot training facility houses traditional classrooms and two drive-in service bays.

By Deborah Lockridge

Inland Truck Parts is an independent parts and service operation, but it says the quality of its technicians rival that of OE dealers. Its latest commitment to that is a new 15,000-square-foot training facility in Olathe, Kan., a Kansas City suburb.

Tags: Aftermarket, Technician Training, Technicians, Distributors, Inland Truck Parts

September 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Seeking the Super Techs

By Deborah Lockridge, Senior Managing Editor

TMC's national competition elevates technicians, promotes technician career opportunities

Tags: TMC, Technician Training, Technicians, TMCSuperTech

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