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Technicians Shine at TMCSuperTech 2018

By on January 1, 2019


L-R: Ben Sando, Michael Kerfoot Jr., Jason Lott, Scott Davidson, James Hawkins, Tharon Lindekugel, Michael Gavrielides, Aaron Schreckengast,
John Kidd, Grayson Wilkes, Chris Dewick, Terry White, Michael Clark, Joseph Anderson and Robert Anderson

Every day, TA Truck Service technicians show off their skills in the service bays, during roadside calls, and at our fleet customers’ terminals and distribution centers. Recently, a team of 15 technicians from TA Truck Service locations across the country took their talents to the industry’s biggest stage—the annual TMCSuperTech and TMCFutureTech competitions held in Orlando, Florida.

Having its best finish yet in this elite competition, the TMC team fielded by TA Truck Service truly shined in the Sunshine State. Team members won first and third place overall in the trailer competition category, along with winning a combined 19 tractor and trailer stations, the second most of all organizations represented at the event.

Training, Competing & Winning

The TA Truck Service record of achievement at TMCSuperTech and state competitions demonstrates TA’s commitment to hire the most dedicated people and provide them with comprehensive training in order to provide the highest quality truck service, maintenance and repair centers on the highway. On average, 1,600 technicians, managers and repair shop staff receive training at one of two TA Truck Service training facilities located in Lodi, OH and Eloy, AZ each year.

These wins complement the many titles that TA Truck Service technicians have claimed since first competing at the competition’s 2005 inception. In addition to excelling at TMCSuperTech, TA Truck Service technicians also compete at the state level throughout the year. This year, 65 technicians from 40 TA Truck Service facilities competed in 14 state competitions, winning 44 stations.

“I’m so proud of our technicians’ accomplishments at this year’s TMCSuperTech,” said Skip McGary, EVP of Commercial Operations for TravelCenters of America. “Their success at this competition and at the preceding state competitions is a testament to the hard work and dedication that they demonstrate each day in our repair shops, helping professional drivers get back on the road quickly and safely.”

Congratulations to Team TA

Congratulations to all TA Truck Service technicians, the winners of state competitions including Michael Clark (Indiana) and Michael Gavrielides (Georgia), the TMCSuperTech competitors, and the category and station winners. Six TA Truck Service professionals and two student technicians were among the winners at the conclusion of the two-day competition as follows:

Joseph Anderson, TA Commerce, Georgia

Trailer Lighting station champion, Heavy Duty Truck Track

Robert Anderson, TA Mobile, Alabama

7 Way Pin/Receptacle station champion, Trailer Track

Hydraulics station champion, Trailer Track

Trailer Lighting station champion, Trailer Track

Scott Davidson, TA Madison, Wisconsin

Trailer SuperTech second overall

Trailer Tech Written Test station champion, Trailer Track

Trailer ABS station champion, Trailer Track

Torque station champion, Trailer Track

Michael Gavrielides, TA Madison, Georgia

Electric Meters station champion, Heavy Duty Truck Track

Tire and Wheel station champion, Heavy Duty Truck Track

Michael Kerfoot (JR), Petro San Antonio, Texas

Trailer SuperTech first overall

Central Tire Inflation station champion, Trailer Track

Electric Corrosion station champion, Trailer Track

Electrical Circuits station champion, Trailer Track

Roll Up Doors station champion, Trailer Track

Trailer Wheel End station champion, Trailer Track

Liftgates station champion, Trailer Track

Precision Measuring station champion, Trailer Track

Ben Sando, TA Lodi, Ohio

Trailer SuperTech tenth overall

Tharon Lindekugel (Student), TA Sparks, Nevada

Trailer Lighting station champion, FutureTech

Grayson Wilkes (Student), TA Nashville, Tennessee

TMC FutureTech eighth overall

RP Manual station champion, FutureTech

Trailer Lighting station champion, FutureTech

The Benefits to You

TA Truck Service’s participation in TMC Super Tech confirms the dedication to recruiting the best, training the best and mentoring the best for three reasons:

  1. To build elite diagnostic, repair and maintenance skills.
  2. To continuously advance technicians’ knowledge of the trucks and trailers that are so vital to your livelihood.
  3. To keep pace with the innovations and changing technologies introduced by OE manufacturers.

Every day, TA Truck Service technicians show more expertise while working on trucks and trailers in more than 1,200 service bays across the TA Truck Service network, providing roadside assistance during RoadSquad® service calls, and handling OnSITE maintenance and repairs of trucks and trailers at fleet terminals and distribution centers.

As documented in the annual Voted Best survey conducted among OTR drivers on page 21, TA Truck Service technicians’ capabilities, shop facilities, as well as product and service range were again recognized for their exceptional performance in 14 categories:

  1. Best maintenance shops
  2. Most complete shops
  3. Best lubrication / PM
  4. Best warranty
  5. Most competent techs
  6. Friendliest write-up staff
  7. Most trusted to perform job right
  8. Best new tire source
  9. Best new tire assortment
  10. Best roadside assistance
  11. Widest selection of parts inventory
  12. Most skilled and best equipped for new truck technologies
  13. Best DPF maintenance and cleaning
  14. Most ASE certified technicians


About TMCSuperTech

The American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council conducted the 14th annual National Technician Skills Competitions—TMCSuperTech—at the Orlando World Center Marriott. It is an elite competition bringing the best truck service and repair technicians from U.S. original equipment manufacturers, trucking companies and repair facilities together to compete nationally. The two-day competition consists of written tests and hands-on work stations.

“This year is a special one in the history of this competition,” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell. “We have added an entirely new class of competition for light and medium duty truck technicians, and as a result will have our largest and most challenging competition ever with 78 skill stations.”

In 2018, 125 technicians from around the country competed for the title of TMCSuperTech Grand Champion alongside 32 students in the TMCFutureTech National Student Technician Competition, sponsored by TechForce Foundation.

“Right now, there is no better time to get into this industry,” Braswell said. “It is an exciting time to become a diesel engine or truck technician—and with a shortage of qualified technicians, it is our hope that by shining a spotlight on the skill and expertise of these fine men and women, more people—especially young people—will consider trucking as a career path.”

You view complete results at trucking.org/article/Complete-TMCSuperTech-2018-Results.

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