IRTE Skills Challenge News

Technicians pivotal to any maintenance organisation

7th Mar 2018

Technicians will always be a ‘pivotal point’ within any maintenance organisation and the complexity of modern vehicles will mean the need for highly skilled technicians will continue to grow, says Allison Transmission UK & ROI OEM Account Manager, Ashley Brooks.

As new advanced systems require original maintenance methods, Ashley says, the skills required to fix various components will become even more valued.

“To get a vehicle working and back on the road, to make a fuel improvement or whatever it might be, is extremely rewarding as the real, positive results can be felt and seen,” said Ashley.

“Clearly, we’re short of engineers throughout the country, but there’ll always be a big demand for good quality engineers. The Skills Challenge is a great forum for engineers, technicians, service managers, directors, operators, end-users, OEMs and suppliers to be involved in, where they can build and maintain connections. The camaraderie is fantastic, and the competition is growing and improving each year.”

After launching FuelSense 2.0, a system which delivers significant fuel savings on its existing product, Allison Transmission say that despite a quickly evolving market where lower emissions legislation and autonomous technology are challenging more conventional operations, its focus has always been on the quality and services of the product, which means hours of dedicated testing.

“With three million miles of testing for the brand-new software, it cannot be rushed through,” said Ashley. “We have developed something that is very valuable, thoroughly tested and available now.”

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