Technicians

Business, Technology, Equipment

Preparing New Technicians for Success

Ryder technician works on truck Ryder System has instituted four status levels for its 6,300 technicians. (Terry Townsend )

Diesel technician jobs are becoming more high-tech and specialized as truck manufacturers progressively adopt digital componentry. The profession is suffering from a worker deficit, and fleets find themselves hiring recruits fresh from technician school.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
January 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Perspective

Perspective: Augmented Reality as a Training Tool

The emerging technology of augmented reality is becoming more viable for fleets that want to recruit and retain technicians.

Matt Johnston | Division Head, Commercial Solutions  Design Interactive Inc. 
December 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

Talent Wanted: Truck Technicians

Truck Technicians C.R. England technicians at work. The company says it promotes the earnings potential of the technician profession. (C.R. England)

Trucking companies are pulling out all the stops to find, recruit, educate, train, develop and recognize the next generation of commercial vehicle technicians. It’s a fundamental issue as the industry’s workforce of technicians continues to age toward retirement, while at the same time, there’s a scarcity of young men and women coming into the profession to fill their ranks.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
July 19, 2019
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.

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.

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.

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 | Senior 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 | Special to Transport Topics
March 9, 2018

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