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Technician Scholarship Announced

New Technician Scholarship Program Will Help with Technician Shortage

Old World Industries and TMC have partnered to offer a technician scholarship to those that want to join the heavy-duty trucking industry.

The technician shortage is a problem that has persisted in the trucking industry for many years and to solve this issue we need new and innovative ways to attract new people to the industry.

New Technician Scholarship Announced

On March 18, 2022, American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council, along with Old World Industries announced they have partnered to offer a series of scholarships for students looking to pursue an education in heavy-duty commercial vehicle maintenance.

The program — underwritten by OWI — will be called “The PEAK Performance Scholarships” and will support two students with up to $12,500 each for their education at a college or vocational school of choice.

“OWI is excited to support students who are serious about establishing themselves in the heavy-duty transportation and maintenance industry,” said OWI CEO Greg Noethlich. “We remain committed to helping those passionate about truck maintenance develop the necessary skills to lead the next generation of heavy-duty experts into successful careers for many years to come.”

How to Qualify for the Scholarships

To qualify for the scholarships, students must have a 2.5 or higher grade point average and graduate from an accredited vocational, public, private, or parochial high school. Applications must be accompanied by a letter of 400 words or less explaining why applicants want to be involved in the commercial transportation maintenance field as a technician.

Technician Scholarship Will Help Replace Older Technicians Retiring
Technician Scholarship Will Attract New People to Industry

“Finding innovative solutions to our industry’s ongoing technician shortage is a priority for TMC, and the Council is pleased to be able to partner with OWI to bring this scholarship opportunity to fruition,” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell. “The initiative, which adds to TMC’s existing portfolio of scholarship offerings, will provide greater choice for deserving scholarship-seeking students looking to prepare for a career as a commercial vehicle technician.”

Inaugural Scholarships Will Be Awarded to Two Recipients Later in 2022

A complete list of scholarship rules is featured on the application and can be found on TMC’s website http://tmc.trucking.org. Completed scholarship application packages must be received by the TMC office by April 15 and winners will be notified by May 15.

“We want young people to continue their dream and be able to pursue their ultimate ambitions and goals,” Noethlich said. “We encourage everyone, including heavy-duty truck organizations and individuals, to share the website and deadline with their friends, family, and colleagues so interested students are aware and have ample time to apply.” 

For more information about Old World Industries, LLC, visit https://www.owi.com

By providing leadership support and opportunities to collaborate, TMC helps members develop the industry’s best practices that address the critical truck technology and maintenance issues that have the greatest impact on truck fleets. For more than 60 years, TMC’s member-driven Recommended Maintenance and Engineering Practices have been setting the standards that help trucking companies specify and maintain their fleets more effectively. Follow TMC on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward

Old World Industries, LLC is among the largest privately held companies competing in the automotive aftermarket. The Northbrook, Illinois-based company enjoys a presence in various consumer product markets around the world. Old World’s brands include a full line of PEAK® Performance Automotive Aftermarket Products including Antifreeze-Coolant, Motor Oil, Washer Fluid, Lighting and Wiper Blades; BlueDEF® Diesel Exhaust Fluid and Equipment; Final Charge® Heavy Duty Extended Life Coolant and Fleet Charge® SCA Precharged Heavy Duty Coolant. For more information, please visit www.owi.com

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Author: Jamie Irvine

Jamie Irvine is the host of The Heavy-Duty Parts Report and a consultant that works with manufacturers, distributors, and SaaS companies serving the heavy-duty truck parts industry.

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