Five USA Truck technicians will represent the company at the Arkansas Technician Championship at John Q. Hammons Convention Center on May 31, 2013. The advancing drivers competed in the USA Truck Technician Championship on May 17. The finalists are: Henry Ipema (USA Truck grand champion), Jesse Elmore, Daniel Cupp (2012's grand champion), Luke Landis, and Anthony Jellison. The group will also represent USA Truck at TMC SuperTech September 9-11.
Arkansas Technician Championship
The drivers will compete in 13 categories at the state championship: PMI, air conditioning/refrigeration, air systems and brakes, electrical, fastener, tire and wheel analysis, engines and associated, service information, written exam, work order, safety and environmental, drive train, and steering and suspension.
The truck technician competition is accompanied by a trailer technician competition, which consists of both written and hands-on competition. Categories for the trailer competition include air systems and brakes, suspension, PMI, and a written exam.
SuperTech is an competition event held during the TMC Fall Meeting. It is put on by ATA's Technology and Maintenance Council, which aims to help fleets stay safe, efficient, and profitable. The meeting offers several discussion sessions including:
- CSA and Its Impact on Maintenance
- Secrets of Hiring and Retaining Top Talent
- Strategies for Managing Driver Electrical Needs
- Emissions Tampering
In addition to the sessions, the conference will also hold a skills competition. The SuperTech competition has technicians competing for top honors and prizes. Other events at the meeting include the Technician Training Fair and TMC Task Forces.
Positive Changes for USA Truck
USA Truck has seen many positive changes throughout the past few months. In addition to improving maintenance and creating fleet revitalization programs, the company saw an improvement in their 1st quarter earnings report from 2012 to the same quarter of 2013. Hopefully the company will continue making strides in driver retention and earnings, among other things. The future looks promising for USA Truck!