Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Arkansas’ Mobile Job Simulator Promotes Industry

Students using simulator The success of Be Pro, Be Proud has prompted similar initiatives in Georgia and South Carolina. (Be Pro, Be Proud)

Be Pro, Be Proud, a workforce development initiative, puts students behind the wheel of a truck driving simulator inside a tractor-trailer.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
December 7, 2020
Business, Equipment

ATA, TMC Celebrate Professional Technicians With Appreciation Week

Robert Braswell, TMC executive director TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell at Technology & Maintenance Council's annual meeting in 2018. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council recognized several service professionals Sept. 26 during the inaugural National Technician Appreciation Week.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
October 7, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Demand for Virtual Training Accelerates During Pandemic

virtual technician training Virtual learning works both for in-house and third-party training. (Design Interactive)

The pandemic is accelerating the transition to virtual learning for truck technicians, and the industry might never turn back.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
July 17, 2020
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 | Special to Transport Topics
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