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SuperTech Success

By on March 1, 2016

supertech-logoWhen considering where to have your truck serviced, many factors may carry significant weight in your decision-making. How a company fares in the National Technician Skills Competition—TMC SuperTech—sponsored by the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Association may not be high on your list. Maybe it should be.

TMC SuperTech, recognized as the premier skills competition for professional commercial vehicle technicians, is an elite competition that brings the best truck service and repair technicians from U.S. original equipment manufacturers, trucking companies and repair facilities together to compete nationally. The fall 2015 event in Orlando attracted 145 of the best and brightest.

Twelve technicians who placed the highest during an internal skills competition represented nearly 3,000 of their TA Truck Service and Petro:Lube peers. They faced off against teams and individuals representing industry giants such as Walmart, Old Dominion and FedEx Freight, the 2015 overall winner.

Competition Format

To open the competition, an orientation and written test were conducted on a Sunday evening. Monday’s qualifying round involved visits to a wide range of skills stations that determined who would advance to Tuesday’s finals. A series of hands-on skills challenges tested a wide range of diagnostic and repair competencies. Those who made it all the way to the finals had their knowledge, skills and experience thoroughly tested by a combination of 27 written exams and hands-on skill tasks including areas such as:



CSA Compliance

Electrical #1

Safety & Environmental

Wheel End #1

Precision Measuring


CNG Safety

PM Inspections


Starting & Charging


Wheel End #2

Fifth Wheel

Electrical #2

Tire & Wheel

Steering & Suspension

Record-Breaking Performance

In a record-breaking performance, three technicians from TA Truck Service and Petro:Lube locations throughout the United States earned titles in hands-on skills challenges, and a fourth earned an overall score title. These wins represent the continuing commitment to hiring top-flight technicians and providing them with comprehensive training in order to have the best truck maintenance and repair centers on the interstate.

Recognized as ASE-Certified Master Technicians, the four winners have 28 years of combined TravelCenters experience. Steven Fraser of Petro Sparks, Nevada, placed first in the Coolant/DEF skills challenge, Robert Anderson of TA Mobile, Alabama won in the Brakes skills challenge, and Isaac “Russ” Whitaker of TA Rawlins, Wyoming came out on top in the Tire and Wheel skills challenge. Mike Gavrielides, Jr. of TA Madison, Georgia, finished eleventh overall after winning his state title. Ron Schneider of TA Eloy, Arizona won his state championship.

The other members of the TA Truck Service and Petro:Lube team were Terry White, TA Cartersville, Georgia; Jay Presley, Petro Kingston Springs, Tennessee; Toby Devoy, TA Sayre, Oklahoma; Justin Munoz, TA San Antonio, Texas; Joseph Anderson, Jr., TA Commerce, Georgia; Scott Davidson, TA Madison, Wisconsin; and William Lambooy, TA Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Answer to the Question

In answering the question—‘Why should that be important to you?’—Tom O’Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters said, “Our customers expect our technicians to be experienced and certified to keep their trucks rolling. Extensive on-going efforts in recruiting, training and mentoring have helped TA dsupertech2evelop our repair professionals into a deep resource of technical expertise that is relied upon by customers operating a very wide variety of equipment.

Only the hard work and dedication shown by this year’s SuperTech competitors and by their fellow technicians across the country can provide the quality truck service our customers demand. I couldn’t be more proud of the four winners and the eight other participants, not just for the wins, but for proudly representing the only nationwide travel center that even participated in the country’s leading technician skills competition.”

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