Top tips for truck technician training

Top tips for truck technician training

The correct set of tools and equipment will help your technicians perform to the best of their ability and provide them with the opportunity for continued improvement. But even the newest tools and best equipment can’t be the standalone solution to recruiting and retaining a team of talented technicians. And that’s where you come in.

If you’re a fleet owner, recruiting and retaining technicians continues to be an uphill battle. When it comes to the team you already have, ongoing courses will further familiarize them with repair processes and best practices for maintenance.

If you’re in the market for new technicians, however, remember beggars can’t be choosers. While there are some fundamental requirements for successful technicians, attitude, aptitude, and a willingness to learn are additionally important characteristics you need to look for in prospective employees.

This means a long list of demands and requirements for applicants may be what’s deterring some from even inquiring about a position.

Thus, we circle back to the importance of training. Hands-on courses and trial programs for recruitment efforts can show you more about an applicant’s abilities than any resume ever could.  

Quality tools can further support technician efficiency by providing a rapid turnaround of information. The prompt presentation of diagnostics and pertinent service information will allow them to better execute repairs. 

And because many of the tools used in the shop undergo updates that include expanded coverage and additional features anyway, ongoing training allows for everyone to be on the same page, new or not, and is important for the functionality of your repair process since things in the industry are always changing. 

You May Also Like

Steer axle application considerations

Let’s go over some of the most important ways in which application affects steer axles.

“Location, location, location” is a well-known real estate industry mantra; in the fleet world, we can change that to “application, application, application.” Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but you get what I mean.

There’s no part or component on the truck that isn’t affected by where and how the truck will be used, and this should be the first thing on any fleet manager’s mind when spec’ing a new part. 

As the seasons shift, so do Decisiv truck service trends

Rising transaction volumes, seasonal shifts and maintenance trend insights.

truck-service-Unscripted-1400
Tire maintenance checklist: It’s the little things that count

Some of the little things that can really matter to fleets when it comes to tire maintenance. Let’s go over a few.

tire-maintenance-Rockland-1400
U-POL Raptor Product System, Pt. 2: Application Methods

The applications for the versatile Raptor Product System are many.

upol-raptor-application-methods
U-POL Raptor Product System, Pt. 3: Texture Replacement

You need to have a wide range of atomization when looking to produce very fine textures required for two-coat texture replacement.

upol-raptor-texture-replacement

Other Posts

Fleet Profile: Penske helps fleets make EV, alternative fuel leap

Much like a train, the EV transition rides on a track with two rails. One represents vehicles, the other is infrastructure.

Penske-EV-photos-1
If it waddles, it may not be a duck

If a truck waddles away, don’t let it wait ’til the very next day. Here’s how to address the issue of a rig that starts driving like a duck.

fixing-truck-waddle-maintenance-shop
From the Show Floor: Combustion engines in the future, funding sustainable trucks

A new HD brand, an autonomous truck, a timeline for ICE technology, resources to help fleets decarbonize and more from ACT Expo.

EP-3-2024-ACT-Expo-From-the-Show-Floor-Volvo-autonomous-truck-hino-hexagon-purus-turn-rce-ev-truck
Volvo answers questions about its new autonomous truck

Volvo gives additional details on its newly announced autonomous truck, and the technology behind it.