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TRAINING
» Eric Rubio (pictured right), a heavy truck
instructor for Duncan Polytechnical High
School in Fresno, California, prepares
students for the trucking industry through
his teaching of relevant trade skills.
Photos courtesy of Duncan Polytech

We, as an industry,
need to engage with
these schools and
students in what
we have to offer.

Invest in the future
Finding new technician talent
starts with getting involved
at the training level.
When fleet maintenance supervisors, shop
owners, dealers, suppliers, and manufacturers
get together, one of the major topics discussed
is the technician shortage. Questions come
up, like "Who is going to help?" and "What are
others doing to fix the problem?"
Meeting after meeting, folks continuously
ask the manufacturers, suppliers, trade associations, and others to come up with a solution.

Become an influence

For those of you still looking for that perfect
or near-perfect experienced technician, stop
wasting your money and resources looking for
someone that may not exist. Most of the best
technicians are being taken care of by their
employers. Those technicians who continue
to move from shop location to shop location
are often doing so for a reason, and it's not a
good reason.
If you are not involved in your local schools
and programs, you are part of the problem. Get

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involved and make your voice heard. Engage
in local programs that can provide you with
the workforce you need.
Many schools and course titles refer to
our industry as "diesel technology." Students

enrolled in these programs, for the most part,
want to work on trucks or heavy equipment.
We, as an industry, need to engage with
these schools and students in what we have
to offer. We need to continue to promote
the American Trucking Associations' (ATA)
Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC),
and the benefits of the organization and its
members. We need to influence the instructors and schools with the value of our industry
and present the opportunities at the beginning of the students' education and training,
not wait to be another banner at a career fair.

Pay it forward

I am asking every one of you to invest in the
industry's future, and your company's future,
by investing in sponsoring or donating funds
for students to compete in the TMCFutureTech
student technician skills competition. The
» Engaging in local educational programs can
provide fleets with the workforce they need.
Photos courtesy of Duncan Polytech



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Uptime: Is assessing cost-per-mile enough?
Do you know your TCO?
Vehicles: How to ensure optimum air system performance
In the Bay: The ABCs of ADBs
Shop Operations: The importance of managing fluid dispensing in the shop
Training: Invest in the future
Diagnostics: All scan tools are not created equal
Management: Are you good at PM?
Fleet Parts & Components
Tools & Equipment
Guest Editorial: Cold weather solutions for fleets
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Fleet Maintenance - Uptime: Is assessing cost-per-mile enough?
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Fleet Maintenance - Do you know your TCO?
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Fleet Maintenance - Vehicles: How to ensure optimum air system performance
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Fleet Maintenance - In the Bay: The ABCs of ADBs
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Fleet Maintenance - Shop Operations: The importance of managing fluid dispensing in the shop
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Fleet Maintenance - Training: Invest in the future
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Fleet Maintenance - Diagnostics: All scan tools are not created equal
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Fleet Maintenance - Management: Are you good at PM?
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