Announcements

  • TMC 2019 Annual Meeting Highlights

    Just in case you missed it—here are some more highlights from TMC's 2019 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition in Atlanta!
  • TMC 2019 Annual Meeting Webinar: What to Expect at TMC in Atlanta

    All meeting attendees are invited to a webinar "Preparing for the TMC Annual Meeting" on Wednesday, February 13 at 1 pm EST.
    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 your time and investment 
    • 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 here. 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.
  • Last Chance for Feedback to proposed eTRU RP

    Hello,  I have had very little additional feedback following the fall meeting on this RP.   I would anticipate being able to recommend this to vote following the spring meeting.   So, this is the last call for revisions and changes to the RP.   Draft is available under shared files or email me directly.   Thank you
  • Giving Tuesday: Supporting Teens in Finding Careers in the Diesel Industry!

    ’Tis the season… to give! And what better gift than a charitable donation to help solve the technician shortage facing our country today. November 27 is “Giving Tuesday” and TMC is asking you to consider supporting our alliance with the nonprofit TechForce Foundation and our joint effort to tackle this shortage and support America’s young technicians. This country needs 120,000 new auto, diesel and collision technicians a year just to keep up with demand, but only 57,000 students are graduating and entering the field. If every person affiliated with TMC gave a charitable, tax-deductible gift of $100, or every company gave $1,000, we could make an impact! Visit, https://lnkd.in/eEc85Qx for more information and details on ways to donate this holiday season. Thanks and Happy Holidays from all of us here at TMC!
  • TMC Periodical Rate Card Updated for 2019

    Want to reach TMC members?  Check out the Council's periodical rate card just updated for 2019.  This is your opportunity for full page, and 1/2 page display messaging in our quarterly magazine and exhibit directory/industry reference guide.  Contact Rachel Akpotu at TMC for more information as described in the rate card PDF.
  • New FT Chair soon!

    This will be my final meeting (I retired from Southeastern Freight Lines).  The incoming chair of Future Truck is Anthony Marshall, from UPS.  Please offer all the support possible.

    Thanks!  It's been a good run!  Take care, all!!
  • Register for August 29 Briefing for All Attending the TMC 2018 Fall Meeting

    Pack Your Bag for the TMC 2018 Fall Meeting with a special briefing for all attendees, at Noon Eastern Time on Wednesday August 29th.

    Even if you are a TMC Fall Meeting veteran, this webinar will help you derive maximum benefit from your upcoming days in Orlando. Join us on this webinar that will cover how you can get your registration materials, effectively use the TMC onsite meeting mobile app, and understand where the important sessions and events are taking place, so that you can be ready to take home maximum value for your company.

    Presenters:
    Robert Braswell, TMC Executive Director,will greet everyone and give an overview of the Fall Meeting and the Technician Competition.

    Ray Baum from Core-Apps will review the TMC Fall Meeting App and how you can use this valuable tool in setting up your personal schedule and effectively network.

    Janet Howells-Tierney, TMC Director of Council Development, will give an overview of TMC, what you should do when arriving at the meeting site and how to get your questions answered.

    Jack Legler, TMC Technical Director, will go over the technical program, most particularly the Study Group and Task Force Meetings, and how you can get involved in the development process for TMC Recommended Practices.
  • TODAY! Special Briefing Webinar for First Time Attendees at TMC Fall Meeting

    ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) is conducting a special briefing for all those attending the Council's 2018 FallMeeting for the first time.

    Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Noon Eastern Time

    If you are a newcomer to TMC's Fall Meeting, this webinar will help you derive maximum benefit from your upcoming days in Orlando Join us on this webinar that will cover how you can get your registration materials and understand where the important sessions and events are taking place, so that you can make contacts and start gaining value as quickly as possible.

    Presenters:
    Janet Howells-Tierney, TMC Director of Council Development, will give an overview of TMC, what you should do when arriving at the meeting site, and how to use the TMC Fall Meeting App to set up your personal schedule and networking.

    Jack Legler, TMC Technical Director, will go over the technical program, most particularly the Study Group and Task Force Meetings, and how you can get involved in the development process for TMC Recommended Practices.

    Ray Baum from Core-Apps will review the TMC Fall Meeting App and how you can use this valuable tool in setting up your personal schedule and effectively network.







    To register for the webinar, click on the link below:

    https://ata.webex.com/ata/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9493cf1468e38bb59bbcffb8287c1df0

    TMC FIrst Timer's Briefing
    Thursday, August 23, 2018, Noon EDT

    Once you have registered, you will be sent a reminder on the
    morning of the webinar along with instructions on dialing in for the audio feed.

    Questions? Contact:
    Janet Howells-Tierney at jtierney@trucking.org
    or
    Jack Legler at jlegler@trucking.org

    TMC's 2018 Fall Meeting & National Technician Skills Competition, TMCSuperTech 2018 September 16-20, 2018
    Orlando World Center Marriott
    Orlando, Florida
  • Mark Your Calendar for Fall Meeting Prep Webinars

    TMC will conduct several webinars to help members prepare for the Fall Meeting.  Watch your emails for the official notices and WebEx connection instructions.  The three sessions will be:

    • For TMC Leadership (Study Group/Task Force Chairmen and Officers) - Thursday, August 16th, Noon to 1 PM EDT.
    • For First TIme Attendees - Thursday, August 23rd, Noon to 1 PM EDT.
    • For All Fall Meeting Attendees - Wednesday, August 29th, Noon to 1 PM EDT.
  • 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.