In May, directors of fleet maintenance operations from across the country became the first class to enter Master Fleet University, a concentrated series of classes designed to help students build complete, best-in-class fleet maintenance programs, and also to share best practices. The classes, level 101, establish a foundation by training shop leaders to remove themselves as much as possible from day-to-day problem solving to become “coaches” for shop technicians, empowering the techs to take ownership of shop operations, and creating a culture of sustained, continuous improvement. Followed by more advanced courses in levels 201, 301 and 401, the goal is turning fleet maintenance operations into a competetive advantage.
We have written previously about the benefits of having Repair Stances developed and implemented in your fleet maintenance operation. We would like to further discuss some of the critical factors to consider when developing these stances.
Be specific about what repairs can be completed “outside” of a PM. In other words, for all repairs, include in your repair description whether the repair can be completed during any shop visit or only during a shop visit for a PM.
by David Graham, VP of Maintenance at Paschall Truck Lines
Prevention is a word that can take on several meanings depending on the subject being discussed. In maintenance terms, it can mean prevention of costs, prevention of a breakdown or prevention of a DOT violation. It has other meanings related to maintenance, but in terms of a driver, prevention is a good thing. Prevention should be your friend and a goal that you work toward achieving.
We continue to hear from our clients about the struggles they experience with recruiting technicians. With each passing year, it seems like there are fewer and fewer people coming into the work force from high school and entering the trades. “A recent survey by RIDGID, a leading supplier of professional grade tools, reveals that a scant 6 percent of high school students hope to have a future career in the skilled trades – defined as plumbers, carpenters, electricians, heating, ventilation or air conditioning installers, or repair people.”
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.
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