TMC competitions to showcase the best technicians in the industry

July 11, 2018
The six steps to participating in TMC’s National Technician Skills Competition.

TMCSuperTech2018 marks the 14th anniversary of Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC’s) National Technician Skills Competitions, designed to determine the industry’s top technician through a variety of troubleshooting tests and skills challenges. 

Organized by TMC’s Professional Technician Development Committee (PTDC), TMCSuperTech2018 will showcase the high degree of skill and knowledge shown everyday by trucking industry technicians. This competition is considered trucking’s only industry-wide competition dedicated both to honoring technician professionalism and acknowledging the “best of the best.”

This year’s competition features a new schedule that includes a written test, series of qualifying rounds and the final Hands-on Skills Challenge. For 2018, there will be three professional tracks — traditional (heavy duty), trailer and light/medium vehicle (new this year). The traditional (heavy duty) track spans two-days — Sunday and Monday. The trailer and light/medium tracks will take place on Monday.

How to get involved

Step 1—Register  

Any technician employed in the trucking industry may register for TMC’s National Technician Skills Competitions, and must do so by the August 17 deadline.

The entry fee for TMC technician members is $250. The entry fee for non-member technicians is $350, which also includes TMC technician membership for the balance of 2018. The entry fee is waived for verified champions of 2018 state trucking association technician skills contests.

Step 2—Come to Orlando

The competitions will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Sept 16 through 18. Registration opens as early as Saturday, September 15, where attendees will be given TMCSuperTech credentials. The orientation takes place Sunday, September 16 at 7 AM

Step 3—Compete in the qualifying rounds

All traditional (heavy duty) track contestants will compete in qualifying rounds on Sunday, September 16 consisting of several hands-on skill pre-qualification tests. There are no qualifying rounds for the trailer or light/medium technician tracks.

Step 4—Attend the Reception

After the qualifying rounds, it’s off to the TMCSuperTech2018 Reception, at which we announce the names of the contestants who will compete in the traditional (heavy duty) track finals on Monday, September 17. A maximum of 119 traditional track contestants (subject to change) will advance to compete in Tuesday’s Hands-on Skills Challenge. Certified grand champions from State Trucking Association contests will automatically be included in the Hands-on Skills Challenge.

Step 5—Enjoy the Finals

On Monday from 8 AM to 4 PM, qualifying contestants will compete in a series of stations, covering a variety of diagnostic skills areas. Contestants will be provided the list of stations in advance when they receive their welcome packet and official rules and guidelines manual in August.

Observers will be welcome on the competition floor, too.

Step 6—Attend the Awards Banquet

The winners of the competition will be announced and presented trophies and prizes during TMC’s Industry Awards Banquet. Awards will be given for first, second and third place in the overall competition and separately for the trailer track. Winners will also be named for those receiving the best score at each skills station.

1st Place: TMCSuperTech Grand Champion will receive an expense-paid trip to the 2019 Daytona 500, plus other prizes. The winner will also be presented with a special trophy and his or her name will appear on the TMCSuperTech Grand Champion Banner that is displayed at every TMC meeting. Second place and third place winners will also receive trophies and valuable prizes. Individuals who place “Best in Skills Category” will be recognized as well.

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