Business, Technology, Equipment

New Technicians Lack Skills, Fleets Find as Demand Grows

Panelists at Fleet Maintenance Forum, 2018 MATS Panelists discus the state of truck technicians during the Mobil Delvac Fleet Maintenance Forum on March 21 in Louisville, Ky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More technicians will be needed soon, nearly 77,000 more by 2026. However, plenty of students are in the pipeline. But questions remain about their ability to meet real-world needs in a shop, and about how to keep them once hired, experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

‘Lockout-Tagout’ Helps Fleets Ensure the Safety of Technicians

A lockout-tagout device A lockout-tagout device. (Technology & Maintenance Council)

The work of servicing and maintaining a fleet of trucks presents a wide assortment of potential dangers to technicians, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s “lockout-tagout” regulations provide guidance to reduce the risk of injury or death.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
March 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Technology Could Attract New Truck Maintenance Technicians

Ozark Motor Lines technician A technician for Ozark Motor Lines runs diagnostics on a truck. (Ozark Motor Lines)

The trucking industry needs to hire about 30,000 maintenance technicians to keep up with demand.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
March 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Maintenance Shop Management

Venezia Bulk Transport maintenance shop Rich Bohannon (right), fleet maintenance manager at Venezia Bulk Transport, checks on the progress of a technician inspecting a truck. (Venezia Bulk Transport)

With the increasing complexity of modern trucks and an even higher premium placed on drivers’ time, Glen McDonald, maintenance director at Ozark Motor Lines, knew he needed to maximize shop labor and move trucks through his fleet’s maintenance shops more ­quickly, all of which required an updated approach.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
March 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel

Diesel Technician Program Receives $400,000 From Kenworth Sales

Student A student in the Diesel Tech Pathways program (Salt Lake City Community College

The trucking industry’s need for diesel engine technicians spurred Kenworth Sales Co. to donate $400,000 to the Diesel Tech Pathways program at Salt Lake Community College’s Westpointe Center, according to the company.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
February 26, 2018

Opinion: TMC Provides Critical Trucking Forum

The trucking industry would not be able to move 70.1% of the nation’s freight tonnage without great equipment, reliable technology and millions of technicians working behind the scenes to make sure every component of the tractor-trailer is in working order.

Barry Pottle | Second Vice Chairman, American Trucking Associations
July 21, 2017
Business, Technology

Execs Retool Industry Message to Attract Younger Technicians

John Sommers II for TT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The key to solving the trucking industry’s shortage of qualified technicians lies in developing the workers of tomorrow rather than recruiting from the shrinking pool of experienced technicians, maintenance executives and business leaders said.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 7, 2016
Business, Technology

Truck Dealers Say Telematics Advancements Can Help Attract New Crop of Technicians

Peach State Truck Centers

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. — Telematics and mobile communications can help fleets better utilize their equipment and drivers, while providing truck dealerships the ability to more quickly make repairs and stock replacement parts.

Neil Abt | Editorial Director
August 3, 2015
Business, Technology

Rush Honors Top Technicians at Truck-Tech Rodeo

Lincoln (center) with Rusty Rush (left) and Stewart

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The trucking industry continues to see a shortage of technicians, industry officials said here at an annual gathering and competition of technicians who work for the biggest U.S. truck dealership.

Michael G. Malloy | Web Editor
December 17, 2014
Special Coverage, Business, Technology

TMC Launches Committee to Attract Technicians

John Sommers II for TT

NASHVILLE Tenn. — The Technology & Maintenance Council said it is launching a new effort to attract more technicians to the industry and improve their training.

Transport Topics
March 10, 2014