Announcements

  • Technician Electrical Assessment Open to ALL Technicians through August 18

    Free Assessment Open To ALL Fleet and Service Provider Technicians Through August 18, 2018

    TMC FLEET AND SERVICE PROVIDER MEMBERS ARE  ASKED AND ENCOURAGED TO CIRCULATE THIS NOTICE TO THEIR TECHNICIANS

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    TMC’s S.1 Electrical Study Group is conducting an assessment of fleet and service provider technicians in order to evaluate electrical knowledge.  The cumulative results of this assessment will be analyzed and presented at the S.1 Study Group Session during TMC's 2018 Fall Meeting in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The assessment is based on TMC Recommended Practice RP 1204, Mechanic's Electrical Skill Evaluation, which was developed by the S.12 On-Board Vehicle Electronics Study Group. While the assessment does not ensure that the technician has the required mechanical skills for troubleshooting truck electrical systems, it will provide a benchmark for knowledge training and reinforcement.

    To access the assessment, go to: https://www.research.net/r/ELECTRICTECH18

    The new and updated questions being used in this assessment will assist in revising RP 1204 to reflect the current state of truck electrical systems, and will evaluate the technician’s knowledge in the following areas:

    • Understanding of basic electrical concepts.
    • Reading simple electrical wiring diagrams with electrical symbols.
    • Performing circuit measurements with a volt-ohm meter.
    • Solving basic circuit equations using Ohm’s Law.
    • Knowledge regarding the data bus.
  • 2018-2019 RP Manual Now Posted in the RP Library

    TMC's 2018-2019 Recommended Practices Manual is now posted in the RP Library as a completely integrated two-volume set. Integrated file means search works throughout the one file, which contains TMC's Recommended Maintenance and Recommended Engineering Manuals.  Your TMC Connect logon credentials give you access to the collection as a TMC member. Features more than 3500 pages!
  • Register NOW for TMC's Fall Meeting & TMCSuperTech!

    ​Online REGISTRATION is now OPEN for TMC's 2018 Fall Meeting & National Technician Skills Competitions set for Sept. 16-20 in Orlando's World Center Marriott!

    Go to http://tmcfall.trucking.org for schedules, hotel information and more!
  • Sad news about TMC Silver Spark Plug Brad Van Riper

    Bradley C. Van Riper, 64, of Gerry, NY, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018. A TMC member since 1990, Brad was a recipient of the Council's highest honor -- the Silver Spark Plug. 

    He was very active in TMC's S.1 Electrical Study Group and led multiple task forces and contributed to numerous recommended practices and educational sessions. He was an active member of SAE International where he helped communicate the needs of the trucking industry for the benefit of fleet users. 

    The husband of Rebecca Van Riper, he was employed at Truck-Lite Co. for 40 years. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 8 in the Bemus Point United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 3-6 p.m. Sunday and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday and for one hour prior to the service Tuesday in the church. A complete obituary will be published by the Lind Funeral Home in The Sunday Post-Journal.
  • Be Sure To Join New Task Force Communities

    At the recent TMC Annual Meeting, a number of new Task Forces were established and several were deactivated as part of the normal ebb and flow of the TMC RP Development Process.  All parties of interest have the ability to participate in any Task Force. Please make it a priority to join the Task Force Communities in which you have an interest.  That way, when disucssions are posted you will be notified according to the preferences you set up on your TMC Connect Profile.  We are instructing all of the TMC Chairmen and Secretaries to use TMC Connect as their primary meand of communication, so that everyone have the opportiunity to contribute and participate in the RP Development Process.


  • Tire Shop Tools TF

    I have added the current version from the Atlanta TF meeting for your review. Please be prepared to continue working on the TF in Clarion
    Thank You
    Randy Patterson
    Bridgestone
  • TMC Connect Practices - Post Documents with Discussion

    In order to assure that everyone in the Study Group or Task Force Community has an opportunity to actively participate and provide input, it is important to post a Discussion thread when uploading documents such as minutes and drafts to the library.  In posting a discussion, everyone in the community will receive a notification (based on their individual choice of settings) when a document is uploaded.   Otherwise they will have to go and actually look in the library to see if something has been uploaded.  Also consider using the workspace feature in Task Forces to encourage active collaboration on document editing.


  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: Deadlines Approaching for Minutes and RPs

    Tuesday, April 3, is the deadline for submission of all minutes from all Task Forces and Study Groups at the recent TMC Annual Meeting in Atlanta.  All minutes should be posted as discussions in TMC Connect at the time they are uploaded into the respective community library.

    Tuesday, April 3, is also the deadline for submission of final drafts of Recommended Practices and surveys to be balloted or complied for the Fall Meeting.  Each draft RP must be submitted to Jack Legler, TMC Technical Director, along with an RP Ballot Request form by the Study Group Chairman.  Study Group Chairmen must also submit Request Forms for Proposed RPs going into the Appeals Process along with any revisions which resulted from resolution of objections from the last ballot.


  • ADP Task Force Transition to S.18 Automated Systems

    All,

    At the Spring 2018 TMC Meeting, the TMC Board created a new S.18 Study Group on Automated Driving.  I wasnt aware this was in the works but I think it is an important step forward for TMC.  

    I’ve been informed that the Future Truck Automated Driving and Platooning Task Force will be disbanded, with its activities being absorbed — to some degree — into the new S.18 Study Group.  The leadership of S.18 is in an organizational phase and they’re very open to assistance and participation.  I’m in touch with them to help in whatever way useful.  

    What this means is we are in limbo for now regarding the Information Reports.  I want to make the most of the progress we’ve made so far, so I will produce another draft (under my own auspices) and make this available to you all.

    I’ll keep you posted as things develop.

    Richard
  • Spring 2018 Meeting Notes

    Thanks for the great feedback from this meeting.  I will be working directly with those who contacted me after the presentation but anyone else who is interested in helping write this new RP, please contact me or send me edits and/or comments.  The most current draft is posted in this discussion group.  Thank you.
  • Powerpoint Presentations for TMC’s 2018 Annual Meeting

    We are starting to post powerpoint presentations from TMC's 2018 Annual Meeting for those that we have been given permission to post.  Go to the TMC 2018 Annual Meeting Presentation Library from the MAIN MENU RED BAR or follow the link below...
  • TMC 2018 Annual Meeting Preparation Webinar Now Available

    All TMC members are invited to a webinar "Preparing for the TMC Annual Meeting" that aired on Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:30 am, Eastern Standard Time.

     TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell, TMC Director of Council Development Janet Howells-Tierney and TMC Technical Director Jack Legler presented on the following topics;

     How to prepare for the Annual Meeting to realize the best return on you time and investment - first time attendees will find this topic of great value.
    How to use the Mobile App to enhance your meeting experience.
    How to use our online community, TMC Connect, to keep up to date on everything going on in TMC and to enhance your ability to participate fully in the development of TMC Recommended Practices, Information Reports and Position Papers.
    You can view the webinar now by clicking on the link below.

    See everyone in Atlanta!
    Cori

  • 2 weeks till the Spring meeting last call for info

    ​Hello team, many components have been added to our data from the last meeting and subsequent work between then and now. There are a couple items we are still missing that I was hoping to get some examples of before the meeting next month. I would like to see some examples of pre and post trip safety inspection sheets that are already developed as well as staging diagrams for road side and lot work. You can email them to me, leave them here in this forum or bring them to the meeting. Thanks for any and all help you may provide.
  • Register Now For TMC Webinar - "Preparing for the TMC Annual Meeting"

    All TMC members are invited to a webinar "Preparing for the TMC Annual Meeting" on Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:30 am, Eastern Standard Time.

    TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell, TMC Director of Council Development Janet Howells-Tierney and TMC Technical Director Jack Legler will present on the following topics;

    • How to prepare for the Annual Meeting to realize the best return on you time and investment - first time attendees will find this topic of great value.
    • How to use the Mobile App to enhance your meeting experience.
    • How to use our online community, TMC Connect, to keep up to date on everything going on in TMC and to enhance your ability to participate fully in the development of TMC Recommended Practices, Information Reports and Position Papers.
    Please register now by clicking on the lick below.  Once you have registered, you will be sent a reminder shortly before the webinar which will contain the call-in number for the audio feed.

    https://ata.webex.com/ata/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb793ff137895b37e9e4d00c8326e1eae
  • RP433 Update committee web meetings

    The RP433 Update committee held a web meeting on Thursday to review RP433 updates. Members will receive a draft copy of the RP and be ready for the next web meeting on Thursday, 2/8/18. Contact Task Force Chairman Mark Winchell for information and web meeting invitation.
  • Save the Date: February 22 for TMC’s Webinar – How Best to Prepare for TMC's Annual Meeting

    TMC will conduct a webinar for the general membership on Thursday, February 22, starting at 10:30 AM EST.  The topic will be "How Best to Prepare for TMC's Annual Meeting and Benefit from the TMC Connect Online Community". 

    Robert Braswell, TMC Executive Director, will lead the webinar with Janet Tierney, TMC Director Council Development and Jack Legler TMC Technical Director as panelists.

    The agenda will be:
    1. Preparing for the TMC Annual Meeting, including how to use the mobile meeting app to enhance members' meeting experience.
    2. An overview of TMC Connect and how members realize benefit from its use.
    We will post the webinar session and call-in links close to the meeting date so that members can register in advance.
  • TMC's Member Outreach Cmte. January 2018 conference call

    ​Use the following to join TMC's Member Outreach Cmte's Conference Call set for 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19:

    To join conference call: (855) 287-5188 toll free or (703) 651-5719 if in Virginia        

    When prompted for ID, enter: 34412    

    AGENDA 

    • Welcome & Roll Call         Peggy Fisher
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    • TMC Membership (new web site!)                  Janet Howells-Tierney
    • Number of 2018 membership renewals / engagement
    • TMC's 2018 TMC Marketing Plan – print & electronic ads + social media
    • Update from Caasi Brim on outreach efforts
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    • TMC 2018 Annual Meeting Update (new micro site!)                                            Janet Howells-Tierney
    • Number of registered attendees / exhibit booths
    • Status of full meeting & first timer confirmations
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    • TMC Mentor Committee Report          Joe Long
    • TMC Mentors list & number of 2018 Annual first timers
    • Mentor Meeting in Atlanta – 11-11:30 a.m., Sun., March 4
    • First Timer Reception in Atlanta– 7-8 p.m., Sun., March 4
    • First Timer Orientation in Atlanta – 7-7:30 a.m. & 3-3:30 p.m., Mon., March 5
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    • TMC New Leaders Membership Develop. Subcommittee Report        Abhishek Bharadwaj
    • TMC of Tomorrow Program – Class of 2018 nominations
    • 2018 annual meeting draft schedule (two classes)
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    • TMC Membership Retention Subcommittee Report     Jim LeClaire
    • Automated messages to newcomers and renewing members – increased engagement?
    • Mailed New Member Kits + Periodic alerts/mailings      Cori Hicks
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    • TMC Technical Leaders Membership Develop. Subcommittee Report       John Adami
    • Status of 2018 Advanced Technology Pavilion in Atlanta Exhibition
    • Engineer member prospects
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    • TMC Speakers Bureau Subcommittee     Al Anderson
    • Number of Speaker Volunteers & Speaking Topics
    • Scheduled Speaking Engagements & Marketing
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    • TMC Membership Benefits Subcommittee Report        Bo Ward/Janet Howells-Tierney          
    • Pending AmeriQuest agreement 
    • Open Discussion      Members 
    •  February 2018 MOC Conference Call    Peggy Fisher 
  • Nominate a great supervisor for TMC’s Excellence in Maintenance Supervision Award ...

    Nominate a great supervisor for TMC’s Excellence in Maintenance Supervision Award for 2018! Winner receives an expense paid trip to TMC's 2018 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, March 5-8 in Atlanta.
  • TMC Annual Meeting Promotion Available Online

    Posted here on TMC Connect. Also available at our event microsite
  • Tech Talk With TMC November Show Schedule On SiriusXM

    TECH TALK WITH TMC: Broadcast every Tuesday at 10 am ET on BOTH SIRIUS and XM Channel 146 on The Dave Nemo Show with Dave Nemo! Tech Talk With TMC brings you great guests and hot-button topics every week. Robert Braswell, Executive Director of ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council, is the co-host.
  • November MOC Conference Call

    ​The next TMC Member Outreach Cmte. conference call is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17, 2018 starting at 2 p.m.

    Watch this space for call-in details and POST any updates on your MOC Sub-Committees to encourage discussion.

    Thanks to TMC's Mentors, Ambassadors and other volunteers for all their input! Keep it up!

    Team TMC
  • TMC 2017 Fall Meeting Presentations Being Posted

    Presentations (for which we have permission to post) from TMC's 2017 Fall Meeting are being posted to the TMC 2017 Fall Meeting Presentation Library on TMC Connect.
  • TMC 2017 Fall Meeting and Competitions to Be Held as Scheduled

    SPECIAL NOTICE Concerning TMC's 2017 Fall Meeting ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council has been closely monitoring the situation with Hurricane Irma and its impact on Orlando and the entire state of Florida. ATA has announced that TMC's 2017 Fall Meeting and National Technicians Skill Competitions will be held as planned September 16-21 in Orlando, Florida. After receiving an encouraging update about the city of Orlando as well as the Orlando World Center Marriott, ATA and TMC leadership felt it was important to host both the competition and the meeting to support the Florida economy and to continue to move the TMC agenda forward. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those families, friends and colleagues that have been affected by Hurricane Irma,” said Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO. “ATA and TMC will be launching a fundraising effort for relief efforts during the TMC meeting. The trucking industry lives in, and delivers to, every community across America, including those communities impacted this weekend. Trucking is one of the first responders to natural disasters and we will continue to not only help in the Hurricane relief efforts, but we will also help rebuild all communities.” The National Technicians Skills Competitions – TMCSuperTech and TMCFutureTech – will begin this Saturday, and runs through Monday, with the TMC Fall Meeting schedule picking up Tuesday. You can still register to attend the TMC Fall Meeting and National Technicians Skill Competition, by clicking here. If you are registered but can no longer attend, please contact TMC directly at 703-838-1763.
  • SPECIAL NOTICE Concerning TMC's 2017 Fall Meeting

    SPECIAL NOTICE Concerning TMC's 2017 Fall Meeting

    ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council is closely monitoring the situation with Hurricane Irma and its potential impact on Orlando and the entire state of Florida.

    ATA and TMC will make every effort to hold the 2017 TMC Fall Meeting and National Technician Skills Competitions as planned, but we will also be sensitive to the area and for the safety and well-being of our staff and members. At this point, we plan to move forward as scheduled, however, should events warrant a change in plans, TMC will communicate its decision regarding any potential changes to the event by Noon EDT on Wednesday, September 13.

    Questions may be directed to TMC staff via email at tmc@trucking.org or by calling (703) 838-1763.
  • Catch the 600th Show of Tech Talk With TMC--August 22

    Join us Tuesday, August 22 at 10 am eastern for the 600th episode of Tech Talk With TMC on The Dave Nemo Show. Our topic for this open forum will be general maintenance with our guest Darry Stuart, DWS Fleet Management.

    Tech Talk With TMC was first broadcast on the Dave Nemo Show in June 2005.

    TECH TALK WITH TMC: Broadcast every Tuesday at 10 am ET on BOTH SIRIUS and XM Channel 146 on The Dave Nemo Show with Dave Nemo! Tech Talk With TMC brings you great guests and hot-button topics every week. Robert Braswell, Executive Director of ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council, is the co-host.