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Trucking Technician Recruitment

On September 12, I was a speaker during the American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council Fall Meeting and National Technician Skills Competition in Pittsburgh. The panel discussion was entitled Technician Recruitment and Development Strategies: Dealing with the Technician Shortage. A few hundred people attended and we had strong audience participation. The session ran for an hour and fifteen minutes. The panel was composed of four employers (including the moderator) and two of us from education. I understand our panel had the highest ranking of all presentations. SkillsUSA’s long-time friend and Diesel Equipment Technology Contest technical committee member, Jack Sukala of J. Jeb Manufacturing Co. had recommended me to the council and he was my guide throughout my stay. I also saw many of SkillsUSA’s other partners while I was there.

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