Ryder Wins Top Spots at National Technician Skills Competition
MIAMI – Ryder System, Inc., a transportation and supply chain management solutions company, has announced its technicians won two of the top three spots at the Technology & Maintenance Council's National Technician Skills Competition — TMCSuperTech2005. Second place was awarded to Matthew Van Zanten of Choctaw, Okla., and Michael Bogard of Appleton, Wis. received third place.Second-place winner Van Zanten has been a Ryder technician for more than 10 years and works at the Company's Oklahoma City facility. He also placed first in the hands-on Electrical Skills Challenge station in the individual round.Bogard, who placed third overall, has been a Ryder technician for more than 30 years and works at the Company's Neenah, Wis. facility. He also earned the top score in the written portion of the competition and placed first in the hands-on Steering/Suspension Skills Challenge station in the individual round.Additionally, Ryder technician Kenneth Smith placed first in the Brakes Skills Challenge station in the individual round. Mr. Smith has been with Ryder for more than 15 years and works at the Company's Goldsboro, N.C. facility.The TMC SuperTech is an annual skills test designed to identify the nation's top commercial vehicle technician. This industry-wide competition tests technicians' diagnostic and problem-solving skills by having them compete in a variety of troubleshooting tests during a two-day event. At this year's inaugural event, contestants competed at eight workstations, challenging their electrical, brake, HVAC, engine, steering, preventative maintenance inspection, drivetrain, and service information skills.