TMC Study Group Officers

Educator Committee— Chairman Jack Werner, Western Technical College

The Educator Committee provides input to TMC on attracting and training technicians. The Committee is made up of fleets and educators that actively work at institutions training students to become maintenance technicians or maintenance professionals. It also helps educational institutions develop training materials and curriculum for technician development.

Task Forces

  • Curriculum Development
  • Educator Involvement
  • Credentials for Truck Program Instructors  

Future Truck Committee—Chairman Anthony Marshall, UPS

The Future Truck Committee promotes activities that fulfill its mission, which is to improve transport equipment, its maintenance and maintenance management by efforts to influence future equipment design. 

Task Forces

  • Future Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Future Tire Reliability/Durability
  • Future Energy Conservation
  • Future Cab and Driver Interface
  • Future Trailer Productivity
  • Sensor-Enhanced Maintenance
  • Future Chassis and Brake SystemsAugmented and Virtual Training
  • Future Alternate Propulsion Systems

Professional Technician Development Committee (PTDC) —Chairman David Kegley, Ryder System, Inc.

The PTDC Committee recognizes professionalism and promote career development for commercial vehicle technicians, and work to attract individuals to a career as a technician. It also manages TMC's National Technician Skills Competition—TMCSuperTech.

Task Forces

  • Future Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Future Tire Reliability/Durability
  • Future Energy Conservation
  • Future Cab and Driver Interface
  • Future Trailer Productivity
  • Sensor-Enhanced Maintenance
  • Future Chassis and Brake Systems
  • Augmented and Virtual Training
  • Future Alternate Propulsion Systems  

S.1 Electrical Study Group — Chairman Jody Younce, UPS                                                       

The S.1 Electrical Study Group assists in the development of durable, reliable, and maintainable electrical systems for highway vehicles. This group studies the malfunctions, deficiencies, and failures of electrical systems and investigate future developments in electrical system componentry and accessories. This group also conducts surveys, collects data, and monitors testing programs and research of affiliated industry groups in order to develop suitable Recommended Practices which fleet equipment users and manufacturers can follow.

Task Forces

  • Future Electrical/Electronic Systems (Joint Future Truck/S.1)
  • Next Generation Tractor-Trailer Interface NEW
  • RP Updates (S.1)
  • Fifth Wheel Ground Strap Installation Guidelines
  • Fifth Wheel Ground Strap Maintenance Procedures NEW
  • RP 177 Update (Solar Power for Commercial Vehicles) NEW  

S.2 Tire & Wheel Study Group  —Chairman Todd Stout, Publix Supermarkets, Inc.

This Study Group develops improved methods of analyzing and evaluating tire and wheel maintenance and performance, and to develop and disseminate information and reference materials which will serve as guides to obtaining maximum tire and wheel efficiency. 

The S.2 Tire & Wheel Study Group also works towards the improvement of tires, wheels, rims, tubes, and other attaching parts, and will seek solutions to new problems that may arise from technological changes in tires and wheels.

Task Forces

  • Tire Asset Management (Cradle to Grave)
  • RP Updates (S.2)
  • Specification of Tires for Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles
  • Repolishing Aluminum Wheels
  • Driver Pocket Guide for Tires and Wheels
  • Kill the Mallet  

S.3 Engine Study Group —Chairman Bryan Stewart, Jones Logistics

The S.3 Engine Study Group works towards the improvement of the design and maintenance of engines and their respective components used in highway vehicles. The group also works to improve the standard quality and stability of fuels, lubricants and coolants used in highway vehicles. S. 3 studies the malfunctions, deficiencies, and failures of engine systems and investigate future developments in engine componentry and accessories.

Task Forces

  • RP Updates (S.3)
  • RP 364 Update (Fleet Purchasing Specification for Organic Acid Technology Extended Life Coolant)
  • Guidelines for Smoke Detection
  • Guidelines for Diesel Particulate Filter Cleaning
  • LNG/CNG Thermal Events
  • LNG/CNG Post-Thermal Events
  • RP 326 Update (Recycled Engine Coolant)
  • RP 365 Update (Coolant Maintenance Guidelines)
  • RP 312B Update (Evaluating Diesel Additives) NEW
  • Oil Viscosity Transition Planning and Implementation NEW  

S.4 Cab & Controls —Chairman Mark Kennedy, Swift Transportation

The S.4 Cab & Controls Study Group helps improve the design and maintenance of cab components and systems to enhance the driver’s ability to properly, comfortably and economically operate highway vehicles.

The group’s objective is to study the malfunctions, deficiencies, and failures in cab construction and hardware. The Study Group also works towards the improvement of cab componentry and driver/cab ergonomics.

Task Forces

  • RP Updates (S.4)
  • RP 401C Update (Location and Operation of Instruments and Controls in Motor Truck Cabs)
  • RP 406C Update (Wiper System Performance)
  • RP 407B Update (Defrosting, Defogging, and Heating Performance) NEW
  • RP 417/435 Update (Tractor-to-Trailer Air/Electric Lines)
  • RP 430 Update (Guidelines for Collision Warning)
  • RP 443 Update (In-Cab Cleaning & Deodorizing Guidelines)
  • Conversion of Rear View Mirrors to Cameras Odometer Synchronization
  • In-cab Gas Detectors

S.5 Fleet Maintenance Management —Chairwoman Amanda Schuier

This Study Group develops and disseminates information on modern maintenance and repair shop design and construction; on the development of new tools, shop equipment, and methods; and on the development and training of competent service personnel. Also, to develop standard and economical cost control methods by which equipment and maintenance cost data may be effectively complied and utilized. The goal is to acquire new information from reliable sources which will contribute to: better planning, construction, and utilization of highway vehicle repair facilities; shop administration techniques; the development of cost and time saving tools, shop equipment, and maintenance methods and procedures; the development and implementation of meaningful training programs in high schools, vocational schools, and institutions of higher learning.

Task Forces

  • RP Updates (S.5)
  • Developing Key Performance Indicators Internet of Things
  • Cybersecurity Issues
  • Technician Apprenticeship Standards NEW
  • VMRS Codes Committee
  • RP 512A Update (Technician Staffing)
  • Hiring Military Personnel Exploratory Session

S.6 Chassis & Brake Systems —Chairman Joey Young, Publix

This Study Group assists in the development of improvements in chassis and chassis-related systems which will result in safe, maintainable, and durable chassis componentry.

The objective of the S.6 Chassis & Brake Systems is to study the malfunctions, deficiencies, and failures in chassis and chassis-related components, and to investigate developments and improvements of advanced chassis componentry. This Study Group also conducts surveys, collect data, and monitor testing programs and research of affiliated industry groups in order to develop suitable Recommended Practices which fleet equipment users and manufacturers can follow.

Task Forces

  • RP Updates (Chassis-Related RPs)
  • RP Updates (Brake-Related RPs)
  • RP 602/626 Update (Towing Procedures)
  • RP 605 Update (Reconditioning Brake Shoes)
  • RP 608B Update (Brake Drums and Rotors)
  • RP 648 Update (Troubleshooting Ride Complaints)
  • RP 642B Update (Total Vehicle Alignment)
  • RP 652 (Air Disc Brake Service/Inspection)
  • Wheel End Thermal Events (Joint S.6/S.7 in S.7 room)  

S.7 Trailers, Bodies & Material Handling —Chairman Richard Brown, Transervice Lease Corp.

This Study Group promotes the development of trailers, semi-trailers, dollies, material handling equipment, containers, container chassis, or other intermodal equipment designed and constructed to meet the operational needs of highway and intermodal service. The goal of S.7 is to study the adequacy of current design and maintenance practices and to investigate developments and improvements to trailers, semi-trailers, dollies, containers, container chassis, or other freight transport equipment.

Task Forces

  • RP Updates (S.7)
  • RP 708C Update (Trailer Axle Alignment)
  • Van Trailer Washing Procedures and Testing
  • Cryogenic Cooling Systems
  • RP 755 Update (Alternative Liftgate and Material Handling Charging Methods) Trailer Load Hold-Down Repairs NEW
  • Heavy-Haul Trailer Issues
  • Next Generation Trailer Electrical Architecture
  • Wheel End Thermal Events (Joint S.6/S.7)  

S.11 Sustainability & Environmental Technologies —Chairman Ken Marko, Frito-Lay North America

This Study Group helps further the development and utilization of energy conservation methods through the study and implementation of energy conservation measures including, but not limited to, vehicle and component design, operation, and maintenance. The S.11 Sustainability & Environmental Technologies Study Group promotes driver and employee training and motivational programs supporting energy conservation.

The group works with manufacturers, related technical organizations, government, academia, and researchers to develop and support energy saving systems, equipment, technologies, processes and programs. S.11 works to educate truck operators and maintainers regarding the benefits of existing, and projected energy conservation components, subsystems, and systems. They also provide liaisons with other study groups involved with energy conservation initiatives as required.

Task Forces

  • RP 1112 Update (Lightweight Components and Fuel Economy)
  • RP 1105 Update (Idle Limiting Systems)
  • Future Energy Conservation (Joint S.11/Future Truck) 
  • SmartWay Activities
  • Alternative Energy Implementation Elements
  • Terminal Tractor Powertrain Options
  • RP 1118 Update (Cost Modeling for Aerodynamic Devices)
  • Study Group Planning Session (Closed)

S.12 Onboard Vehicle Electronics —Chairman Brandon Fackey, Clarke Power Services

This Study Group develops and disseminate information and reference materials that will aid in the maintenance of vehicle electronic systems. The S.12 Onboard Vehicle Electronics Study Group will also encourage standardization of electronic hardware and software, and will work towards developing increased durability, reliability, and maintainability of electronic systems. S.12 studies malfunctions, deficiencies, and failures of existing vehicle electronic systems and make recommendations based on these findings. The Study Group will also investigate developments and improvements in connectors, sensors, modules, and systems and will encourage industry practices that will result in uniformity in signals, diagnostics, and maintenance of these systems.

Task Forces

  • RP 1208D Update (PC Selection Guidelines for Service Tool Applications)
  • RP Updates (S.12)
  • RP 1210C Update (Windows API)
  • RP 1210 OEM Application Validation Testing
  • RP 1226 Messaging Standardization
  • Open Wireless Vehicle Data Adapter API
  • RP 1227 Update (Mobile Device Communication API) RP 1210 Compliance
  • Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)
  • RP 1225 Update (ELD Security Risk Guidelines) Connected Vehicle
  • Active Safety System Telematics Guidelines  

S.14 Light- and Medium-Duty & Specialty Trucks —Chairman Chris Lindquist, Altec Industries

This Study Group promotes the effective design and maintenance of small- and mid-size commercial vehicles and component systems, as well as vocational/specialty trucks.

The scope of the S.14 Light- and Medium-Duty & Specialty Trucks Study Group is to study the malfunctions, deficiencies, and failures of light- and medium-duty vehicles and to make recommendations based on these findings. The group also provides a forum for users of Class 2-6 and vocational/specialty vehicles and manufacturers which shall assist in the effective specification and manufacture of such vehicles.

Task Forces

  • RP 1411 Update (Light- & Medium-Duty Auto Transmission Fluid Guidelines)
  • Work Truck Platform Hybridization
  • RP 1514 Update (Hydraulic System Failure Analysis)
  • Inspection of CMV Axle and Transmission Fluid Levels
  • RP Updates (S.14)
  • Lumen Ratings Definition for White LED Worklamps  

S.16 Service Provider —Homer Hogg, TravelCenters of America

The S. 16 Service Provider Study Group promotes activities that improve maintenance and business practices between equipment users, OEM service-dealers, and independent service providers. This group focuses on equipment-related and business process issues pertaining to OEM service- dealer and independent service providers and their interaction with equipment owners and users.

Task Forces

  • RP Updates (S.16)
  • Developing and Leveraging Next Generation Leaders
  • Proper Vehicle Lifting Procedures and Equipment
  • Implementing TMC RPs in Fleet & Service Provider Operations
  • Exploratory Session

S.17 Corrosion Control —Kenny Junkin, Peco Foods, Inc. 

The goal of this Study Group is to improve transport equipment, its maintenance and maintenance management by fostering technologies that minimize the effects of corrosion on equipment.

Task Forces

  • Refinishing to Maximize Adhesion
  • Frame Correction
  • Heavy-Duty Collision Repair Roadmap
  • Corrosion Manual Update
  • Cab & Control Corrosion Control
  • Corrosion of Non-Ferrous Materials on Chassis & Suspension  

S.18 Automated and Electric Vehicles —Kyle Mitchell, Maverick Transportation

The S. 18 Automated and Electric Vehicles Study Group assists in the development and maintenance of durable, reliable, and maintainable systems for automated vehicles and the electrification of medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. S.18 studies the malfunctions, deficiencies, and failures of such systems and investigate future developments in system componentry and accessories.

Task Forces

  • Automated Vehicles
  • Electrified Vehicle
  • Platooning