contest grand champion
Sep 30, 2009 10:10 AM
Christopher Tate, refrigeration technician for Mohawk Truck of Seneca NY, was named the nationís top heavy-truck technician as grand champion of TMCSuperTech2009. This event, the Technology & Maintenance Councilís fifth annual National Technician Skills Competition, took place in Raleigh NC recently.
An Eden NY resident, Tate also won three of the 15 skills stations during the Hands-on Skills Challenge, including Tire and Wheel, Wheel End, and Written Test. He finished tenth overall in 2008, and again this year represented the New York State Motor Truck Association as its truck technician.
Tate also was awarded a NEXIQ Technologiesí Snap-On two-piece Classic 78 model tool chest valued at about $8,000, a Midtronics Celltron MAX battery analysis system (CMA7000) valued at $1,100, a trip for two to the Daytona 500, Noregon Systemsí JPRO Fleet Diagnostic Kit, a custom-made championship leather jacket, $600 in gift cards, and other items.
Ryder System technicians Rick Grivel, Alpharetta GA; and Christopher Barnett, Florence KY, earned second- and third-place honors in the fifth annual competition conducted by TMCís Professional Technician Development Committee (PTDC). Each received the Midtronics Celltron MAX battery analysis system.
Michael Bogard, Neenah WI, captured fourth place for Ryder System. He was 2008ís third-place winner, and earned the top score on the written portion of the competition the previous three years.
Next yearís competition, TMCSuperTech2010, will be held during TMCís 2010 Fall Meeting, set for Sept 20-23 in Raleigh.
Information about TMCSuperTech, along with TMCís guide, How to Conduct a Technician Skills Competition, are available at http://tmc.truckline.com. For more information about the competition, call 703-838-1763.
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