September 21, 2015 2:00 PM, EDT

TMC SuperTech Gets Under Way in Orlando

Neil Abt/Transport Topics
The 11th annual TMC SuperTech competition is under way in Orlando, Florida, with 145 truck technicians vying for the title of Grand Champion.  

The National Technician Skills Competition is being held this week at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in conjunction with American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council 2015 Fall Meeting.

“We started TMC SuperTech more than a decade ago to highlight the skills of this too-often underappreciated group of individuals,” said Carl Kirk, ATA vice president of maintenance, information technology and logistics. “This year, we’re excited not just to honor the many experienced technicians in the competition but to look to the future with our second-ever student challenge.”

VIDEO: Day 1 competition | Day 2 competition

LIST OF FINALISTS: Names of techs advancing to Day 2

The TMC SuperTech 2015 competition takes place Sept. 21-22, with technicians qualifying on 12 stations the first day and then dealing with 14 hands-on challenges. This year, the competition also features a student challenge, which allows aspiring truck technicians still in school to test their mettle alongside some of the country’s most experienced and skilled individuals in the field.

“During the competition, these technicians will be displaying the skills they use every day at their jobs," 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.”

The student competition, TMC FutureTech, sponsored by Velociti, features 38 students from around the country. Top competitors at each skill station and a grand champion will be announced Sept. 22.