I once said that "Diligence is the mother of good luck." These fine men competed and won not because of luck, but because they have been diligent in their work.
Postal VMF technicians support a nationwide rolling fleet of over 219,000 vehicles, the largest civilian fleet in the United States.
Nationwide, 193 postal VMF technicians took an on-line written test prepared by the National Center for Employee Development (NCED) on heavy-truck maintenance.
The top 10 scorers on the written test qualified as Super Techs, and earned a spot in the Postal Service’s 4th annual Super Tech heavy-truck skills challenge in June.
The 2008 heavy-truck Super Techs in photo are: Std L-R: Nick Knebel, St. Louis, MO; Charles Alexander, St. Louis, MO; Thomas Napier, Chattanooga, TN; Jim Robinson, St. Louis, MO; David Chaney, Portland, OR; Kelly Smith, Louisville, KY; and Thomas Higgins, Chattanooga, TN. Kneeling: Neil Cerrato, St. Louis, MO; and Don Barnett, Cincinnati, OH. (Doug Kuhn, St. Louis, MO, not pictured.)
The Super Techs had just 20 minutes per station to complete 10 hands-on diagnostic and repair challenges worth a total of 1000 points. The skill stations covered electrical, brakes, tire analysis, wheel ends, HVAC, engine, steering, preventive maintenance inspection (PMI), transmission, and electronic service information.
Higgins and Napier led the field and will represent the Postal Service in Nashville, TN, at the American Trucking Association’s national skills competition in heavy-truck maintenance in September.