ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations (ATA), along with the ATA Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC), has announced the celebration of the first-ever National Technician Appreciation Week (NTAW), Sept. 21-25, to recognize the people who keep the trucking industry moving.
“Professional technicians ensure that drivers are able to travel safely — which has always been, and remains, our highest priority,” said Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO. “The technician team of any-size motor carrier, private carrier or service provider are critical to its successful operation. Without the work they do, the trucks would stop running, and drivers would be unable to deliver the products and supplies that keep the American economy running.”
NTAW will provide an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and commitment of professional technicians. Professional technicians perform one of the most demanding and critical roles in trucking. This week will not only acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of these dedicated professionals, but also help attract prospective talent to one of the most in-demand careers in the industry.
The inaugural NTAW will feature a series of virtual events and educational sessions. The technically focused webinars will cover the following topics:
- Aftertreatment diagnostics and maintenance;
- Electrical system diagnostics;
- Vehicle data network diagnostics;
- Collision mitigation systems; and
- How to prepare for ASE certification testing.
To recognize the nation’s most exceptional technicians, ATA and TMC asked industry stakeholders to nominate their “technician superstars” that exemplify the highest levels of excellence and professionalism. During NTAW, winners will be selected for three categories — heavy-duty, trailer and light/medium duty.
In addition, ATA and TMC will recognize the technician with the highest score on the ASE Preventive Maintenance Master Technician Certification Test for 2020, as well as the diesel tech winner of the TechForce Foundation’s “FutureTechs Rock Awards,” honored for outstanding contributions as a role model at school and in the community.
“We are proud and beyond excited to launch this important week and dedicate a time to say ‘thank you’ to the professional technicians that are so integral to the trucking industry,” said Robert Braswell, TMC executive director. “Professional technicians are the unsung heroes. Like a well-oiled machine, they keep business moving and trucks on the road. TMC is honored to showcase these important individuals, and highlight the significant impact they have.”
To learn more about ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council, click here.