Plant the seeds now.
The American Trucking Association's Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) strives to improve transport equipment, its maintenance, and maintenance management. The council conducts industry surveys, promotes voluntary cooperation among designers and manufacturers, and develops recommended engineering and maintenance practices that are voluntarily adopted by fleets, OEMs, and component suppliers. The council also hosts the TMCSuperTech national technical skills competition, in which more than 100 of the country's best technicians compete each year.
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit group that supports industrial and manual arts training in almost 100 careers. One of its most comprehensive programs is diesel equipment technology.
To help promote the vehicle mechanics trade to students, work with local secondary schools, in conjunction with community and technical colleges, to promote manual arts training. National colleges to partner with include:
WyoTech, formerly known as Wyoming Technical Institute, provides college-level, career-oriented education in the automotive, diesel, motorcycle, HVAC, watercraft, and collision/refinishing industries. Most WyoTech diploma programs can be completed in less than a year and a half. There are currently six campuses in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming.
Universal Technical Institute (UTI) offers technician training for students seeking careers in the automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, and marine industries. UTI has campuses in Arizona, Florida, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Texas.
Lincoln Educational Services is a growing alliance of technical training schools with 34 degree-granting campuses nationwide. Schools that include automotive programs include Lincoln College of Technology, Lincoln Technical Institute, and Nashville Auto-Diesel College (NADC).
The Universities, Colleges, and Trade Schools Web site offers an automotive school directory that can be searched by location.
Asphalt paving & repair / By Daniel C. Brown
A second chance
Improved technology and raw materials prices prompt agencies to reconsider reclaimed material.
Additional information on recycling of asphalt pavement can be obtained from the following organizations:
- AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials Recycling Task Force
- Asphalt Institute
- Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association (ARRA)
- Asphalt Research Consortium (ARC)
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
- National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)
- National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT)
- North Central Superpave Center (NCSC)
- Recycled Materials Resource Center (RMRC)
- The Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) — User guidelines for reclaimed asphalt pavement
- University Transportation Center for Materials in Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure (MiSTI) — A standard procedure for measuring recycled asphalt pavement