Technician of
the Year award



2021 Application Coming Soon


The Technician of the Year Contest was initiated in 1982 by TXTA and the Fleet Maintenance Council (FMC) 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.

All interested parties residing in the state of Texas and/or employed by a Texas based company involved in truck fleet maintenance will be allowed to compete.

Sponsors and Prizes

The contest is sponsored by Eaton Corporation and the TXTA FMC. The first place winner of the state finals receives $1,500, a special commemorative ring, a framed remembrance of the contest plus special recognition at the FMC Fall Seminar. The second place winner receives $1,000, third place winner receives $750, fourth place winner receives $500, and fifth place winner receives $250. All prizes are courtesy of Eaton Corporation.

The first place winner also receives a trip for two to Las Vegas. Additionally, the first place through fifth place winners will be recognized during the TXTA Annual Conference.

Regional and State Finals

The regional test is exclusively online. 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.

The state finals will be held in Waco, Texas, at the Texas State Technical College Campus. Testing at the State Finals will consist of a practical hands-on test covering a variety of mechanical problems.

For more information, please contact Lance Shillingburg

2019 Technician of the Year

Recipient Michael Kerfoot, TA Truck Service

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Photo of 2019 Technician of the Year Recipient Michael Kerfoot

From left: Mark Xepoleas, Eaton Corporation (sponsor),
2019 Recipient Michael Kerfoot, TA Truck Service and
2019 FMC Chairman, John Gusman, Mission Petroleum Carriers