Opinion: New ideas, real skills

By: Geoff Crouch


This year’s Technology and Maintenance Conference will build on the relaunch

Opinion: New ideas, real skills
Geoff Crouch

 

For more than 20 years, the Australian Trucking Association and Paccar and its dealer network have collaborated to present the annual Technical and Maintenance Conference (TMC) – one of Australia’s longest running technical conferences.

Our industry is changing fast, so in 2018 we were excited to relaunch as the Technology and Maintenance Conference, revising the program to include an increased focus on technology, as well as the key issues of safety, productivity, environment, costs and careers.

TMC is a must-attend event for technology and maintenance professionals in the trucking industry and brings together maintenance technicians, apprentices, fleet managers and technical fleet professionals.

Delegates will have the opportunity to embrace new ideas, while developing and maintaining real skills.

TMC 2019 will give delegates the opportunity to learn industry best practice through an interactive program of technical sessions, compliance and information forums, job-specific presentations, and practical workshops.

TMC is the ideal opportunity to build professional networks and develop relationships with suppliers, operators and technicians in the industry through exciting networking sessions and the Paccar Parts Fun Night – a conference highlight.


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TMC brings together a wide range of industry suppliers and brands, displaying the latest products and services in the exhibition space. Delegates will also have an exclusive opportunity to get hands-on with trucking technology in the interactive workshop zone.

Whether you’re running a workshop or finalising your apprenticeship, TMC 2019 will benefit your business and your own career.

TMC is also a time to celebrate industry excellence, at the Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner.

Each year, the ATA recognises an individual or organisation’s technical innovation and achievement within the Australian trucking industry, with the Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award.

The dinner also honours technical and maintenance excellence in the workshop with the Craig Roseneder Award. This prestigious award is a long-standing tradition of TMC and celebrates the professionalism of the men and women in the trucking industry’s workshops.

Each year, this award highlights the amazing calibre of people who work behind the scenes to keep our trucks safe on the road.

The winner of this award will not only receive national recognition for their outstanding achievement, they also receive a fully paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia,

USA to attend the US Technology and Maintenance Council’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition.

There are so many amazing men and women in the trucking industry, and I’m sure we all know someone who would be deserving of this award. I urge everyone in the trucking industry to nominate someone great.

TMC 2019 will be held from Monday 14 to Wednesday 16 October at the Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence, Melbourne Docklands. Secure your space and register now at www.truck.net.au/TMC

Nominations for the 2019 Craig Roseneder Award open on 1 July and can be made at www.truck.net.au/CR19

Geoff Crouch is chair of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA)

 

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