We are frequently asked our opinion about whether it makes sense for companies to own and operate a Mobile Service unit. And the answer usually contains the phrase "it depends". In this Huddle article, we want to define for you what we believe it depends upon using the ABC acronym.
By creating Master Fleet University, Master Fleet President & CEO Larry Chapin said, “We hope to build a community for shared information among companies. Directors of fleet maintenance operations from across the country will soon meet to share ideas and gain new insight for managing their shops proactively, with goals of providing improved service levels and reducing costs. A concentrated series of classes designed to help fleet maintenance leaders build complete, best-in-class fleet maintenance programs, Master Fleet University received high marks for its first session two months ago.
“It (Master Fleet University) opened my eyes quite a bit with some stuff I never thought of, ways of doing things and things I need to work on,” said Russ Brownfield, Altom Transport, Hammond, Ind. “But the biggest surprise was when they told me they’re going to follow up with me, so it’s going to be a continuing education.”
One of the most important endeavors you can undertake as a fleet maintenance professional is the development of your leadership team. Without guidance and assistance, leaders often gravitate to following the approaches they've learned or observed over the years, and to a daily approach to their position that is primarily reactionary. As mentors, our job is to challenge them to grow professionally and personally, and to meet the new challenges we are all faced with as our company grows and as business practices evolve.
It's important to attack this need within your leadership team using several different focus areas:
A couple of weeks ago we shared the troubling reality that the skilled trades are hurting. The gap between the skills needed for available jobs in today's skilled trades and the people who are currently seeking these jobs is growing. But it's more complicated than just people lacking skills.
Baby boomers, the core of today's skilled trades people, are retiring in ever-growing numbers. Millennials, the generation replacing retiring boomers, isn't interested, and even if they were interested, they’re not ready.
By now we all know that change is a given; that if you've been doing something one way for a long time, you're probably doing it wrong. Not long ago, someone asked, “What are the most significant changes to occur in fleet maintenance in the past 10 years?” Although changes to tractor and trailer specifications and manufacturing have been broad and all encompassing, two of the biggest factors to impact fleet maintenance programs are the increased usage of Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) and the introduction of Exhaust After-treatment Systems.
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