Study Group Information Reports

Professional Technician Development Committee Information Report 2007-3: Training and Certification Requirements for Servicing Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning Systems – Section 609 of the Clean Air Act of 1990

Section 609 of the Clean Air Act of 1990 (as amended) requires that motor vehicle air conditioning refrigerant be recycled, that only recover/recycle or recover-only equipment approved for a specific refrigerant be used in the repairing or servicing of motor vehicle air conditioners, and that technicians who repair or service motor vehicle air conditioners be trained and certified by an EPA-approved organization. In addition, service shops must be able to certify that they comply with these provisions of the Act.

S.5 Fleet Maintenance Management Study Group Information Report 2007-1: Developing a State Maintenance Council: Challenges and Opportunities

State maintenance councils can offer a reasonable, local alternative for fleet personnel wishing to network with peers and gain exposure to industry information. However, many areas of North America do not have a state, regional or local maintenance council. The purpose of this information report is to review the benefits joining or developing a state, regional or local maintenance council.

Issued: March 2007

Professional Technician Development Committee Information Report 2007-2: Necessary Instructional Standards For Preparing Entry-Level Technicians

The occupational outlook for employment of truck service and repair technicians remains strong and is expected to increase at an average pace for the next 10 years. There is a strong need for technicians because of industry growth as well as openings associated with turnover and retirement. This, coupled with the pace of changing truck technology, provides a challenge to managers in finding interested and qualified technicians to fill these positions. The trucking industry needs to establish a method to develop technicians with appropriate skills.

Professional Technician Development Committee Information Report 2006-3: Technician Retention and Recruitment: Challenges and Opportunities

Recruiting and retaining qualified commercial vehicle technicians has become a very challenging task. Aside from purely economic factors, the reasons for this are fourfold:

S.15 Specialty Trucks Study Group Information Report 2006-2: Hybrid Work Trucks: Preparing for Market Introduction

One of the most promising new technologies emerging to meet fuel efficiency and environmental challenges for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles is the hybrid drive system. Hybrid drive systems offer the potential both to increase vehicle fuel efficiency and at the same time to reduce actual vehicle emissions below the level of the engine certification.

S.6 Chassis Study Group Information Report 2002-1: Road Chemical Induced Corrosion

Aggressive corrosion, caused by new formulations of road ice clearing chemicals, has recently become a serious maintenance problem for many equipment users. Use of magnesium chloride- and calcium chloride-based products by certain states is especially associated with increased incidence of corrosion on vehicles, causing damage in as little as a single winter season.

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