Business, Equipment

Penske Partners with TechForce on Technician Recruitment

A technician repairs a Class 8 truck Legacy Truck Centers Inc.

Penske Truck Leasing has partnered with TechForce Foundation on the latter’s FutureTech Success campaign, which supports the recruitment of new fleet-maintenance technicians.

Transport Topics
November 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Regular Realignment Is a Savings, Not a Cost

Maintenance technician Most alignment systems require setting bar-mount laser projections. (E-Z Red Co.)

Tire wear often is blamed on a number of things, and many times, on the brand of the tire. But aggressive tire wear is a symptom that something else is wrong with a truck.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
July 20, 2018
Business, Equipment, Safety

Truck Makers Address Technician Shortage

Mack Truck Lineup The 2017 Mack Trucks lineup. (Jonathan S. Reiskin — Transport Topics)

Mack Trucks announced it is partnering with colleges in Florida, Ohio and Texas to offer the Diesel Advanced Technology Education program beginning in early 2019 to address a shortage of skilled vehicle service technicians.

Transport Topics
July 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Education, Outreach Programs Seen as Front Lines for Attracting Next Generation of Truck Technicians

Ryder training Ryder System Inc. via Facebook

When Jeff Harris, vice president of maintenance at USA Truck Inc., first started as an apprentice truck mechanic 29 years ago, he had a trade school diploma, a basic set of tools, a couple of crusty old mechanics who took him under their wing and showed him the ropes, and a desire to learn.

Gary Frantz | Contributing Writer
May 15, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

New Technicians Lack Skills, Fleets Find as Demand Grows

Panelists at Fleet Maintenance Forum, 2018 MATS Panelists (from left) Arrants, Shafer, Clemons, Morvilius and Cigala 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 | Chairman, American Trucking Associations
July 21, 2017