Fleet Maintenance Council (FMC)


2019 Fall Seminar Presentations:
Fifth Wheels
Technician Shortage
TXTA 86th Legislative Session Recap
USDOT/FMCSA Presentation

Promoting the theme, A Well Maintained Vehicle is a Safe Vehicle, the Fleet Maintenance Council was established for the exchange of ideas and information about new developments in maintenance and related subjects. The council strives to improve the skills of professional maintenance personnel and has established a close relationship with regulatory agencies.

The council consists of fleet maintenance supervisors, representatives of manufacturers of transportation equipment and components, and various law enforcement officials. The full group meets once a year at an annual fall seminar. The TXTA Fleet Maintenance Council co-sponsors a number of activities.

The Technician of the Year Contest
2019 WINNER: Michael Kerfoot with TA Travel Centers of America
The Technician of the Year Contest was initiated in 1982 by TXTA and the Fleet Maintenance Council to recognize the contributions of outstanding mechanics of the heavy vehicle fleet maintenance industry. This contest evaluates the mechanic's knowledge of their trade and ability to utilize that knowledge on basic mechanical problems.

The test consists of a written examination covering all areas of engine repair and practical hands on test covering engine diagnosis, electrical systems, brakes, air systems, various measuring instruments, clutch, steering boxes, and drive train diagnosis. Contestants are judged on written and hands-on exams.

The Distinguished Award for Excellence in Maintenance
The Distinguished Award for Excellence in Maintenance is designed to recognize one person each year in the field of maintenance. Any person may win this award who is actively engaged in fleet maintenance of five or more units and whose company is a member of the TXTA. No person may win this award more than one time.

FMC Fall Seminar
Each October, the Fleet Maintenance Council Fall Seminar is held. During this time, educational opportunities are offered to fleet supervisors in the areas of fleet maintenance and equipment repair. During this seminar the exchange of ideas and information about new developments are encouraged. The FMC seminar is a 2 1/2 day meeting and provides an opportunity for fleet managers to develop contacts statewide.

FMC Leadership Award
2019 WINNER: Mark Xepoleas with Eaton Corporation
In 2011, the TXTA Fleet Maintenance Council Executive Committee decided to establish an award to honor an individual who best exemplifies the willing dedication to be of service to the Motor Transportation Industry, the TXTA Fleet Maintenance Council, his or her Company and the motoring public. The recipient is one who has demonstrated the qualities of interest, enthusiasm and leadership in achieving these multiple goals..

National Motor Transportation Certification Program
The National Motor Transportation Certification Program for Practicing Professionals in the Transportation Industry is established under the auspices of the Texas Trucking Association (TXTA), TXTA’s Safety Management Council (SMC), TXTA’s Fleet Maintenance Council (FMC) and the University of North Texas (UNT) The purpose of the Certification Program is to implement a comprehensive plan of accreditation and certification for individuals in the fields of motor carrier safety or maintenance; to identify those individuals that have met the criteria for accreditation; and to promote the intellectual development of those individuals, organizations, and institutions involved in motor carrier safety or maintenance.

For more information on FMC activities, contact Lance Shillingburg, Senior Vice President Safety & Education at 800-727-7135 ext 108.