RALEIGH, N.C. — TravelCenters of America (TravelCenters) operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, set a record-breaking performance at the annual TMC SuperTech, North America’s premier professional commercial vehicle technician skills competition, held here recently.
Five technicians from TA Truck Service facilities throughout the U.S. earned titles in 11 hands-on skills challenges, swept first, second and third overall in the inaugural trailer competition and won fifth overall in the SuperTech category. A TA Truck Service student technician also claimed a hands-on skill challenge title in the associated TMC FutureTech competition.
“TA Truck Service earned the second highest combined titles as a company in the competition. These wins represent the commitment TA Truck Service has to seek to hire the best technicians and provide them with comprehensive training in order to have the best truck service maintenance and repair centers on the highway,” said Tom O'Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters
TMC SuperTech 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 skills challenges. Challenges are designed to help technicians improve their knowledge and skills, and winners are selected for each station, as well as overall top scorers.
Winners for the TMC SuperTech, including five TA Truck Service professionals with a combined 48 years of experience with TravelCenters and one student technician, were announced on September 21.
All five TA Truck Service technicians that won are ASE-Certified Master Technicians.
Scott Davidson, TA Madison, Wisconsin
Robert Anderson, TA Mobile, Alabama
Michael Kerfoot, Jr., Petro San Antonio, Texas
Mike Gavrielides, TA Madison, Georgia
Justin Munoz, TA San Antonio, Texas
Adam Sprock, TA Whitestown, Indiana
(TMC FutureTech Competitor)
“I couldn't be more proud of our techs who took part in, and won, these competitions," O'Brien said. “So much goes into constructing a successful truck service technician team, starting at the beginning with the recruitment process. Our extensive training program coupled with on-going mentoring builds strong quality technicians and this competition recognizes their hard work and dedication to our brand.”
TA Truck Service technicians are distinguished by more than 2,000 ASE certifications. The TA Truck Service network includes 243 truck service facilities, 1,079 repair bays, nearly 3,000 technicians, a fleet of more than 1,600 RoadSquad Connect emergency roadside assistance vehicles and a growing fleet of RoadSquad OnSite mobile maintenance vehicles. TA Truck Service and RoadSquad services are available 24/7/365.