TARRYTOWN, NY — Two attendees of the 14th annual TST (Technicians Service Training) "Big Event" can now add a second training event to their schedule this year — NACE Automechanika 2017.
During the March 25 Big Event, which hosted 461 technicians, educators and shop owner from 19 different states and Canada, two winners were selected to receive TST/Motor Age NACE Automechanika scholarships. These scholarships cover the cost of travel and hotel stay, as well as providing some pocket money the recipients can use to purchase products on the trade show floor.
Robert Kenney, a technician at Gil’s Garage, Inc., in Burnt Hills, NY, was the first winner. Kenney says he hopes to attend NACE Automechanika and then bring what he has learned back to his shop to train other technicians and serve as a mentor.
The second winner, Joel Widrick, owner of Widrick Truck & Diesel Service in Carthage, NY, said he was hoping to take two of his technicians with him to NACE Automechanika; the scholarship will help make that possible.
“Being able to team up with the UBM Community Engagement Program and provide these deserving technicians with scholarships thrills me,” said G. Jerry Truglia, president of TST. “The need for training is so great in our industry. Having the opportunity to make sure more technicians and owners not only are able to get to the show, but also can share the ability with their employees is something that is incredible. I know they will really benefit from the training as well as having the entire trip covered.”
To qualify, scholarship entrants had to meet one of the following criteria:
· Technician/shop owner who attended at least four training events in a 12-month period;
· Master ASE with L1 certification;
· Technician/shop owner at least 60 years old who attended three seminars/classes in a 12-month period;
· Technician with 5 years or less in the business with at least one ASE certification;
· Owner/service writer with any type of training;
· Technician/shop owner at least 40 years old who attended three training seminars/classes in the past 12 months;
· Any parts counterperson with any training in the past 12 months
TST’s Big Event provided sessions from leading industry trainers, including NAPA's Tom Rayk, Wayne Colonna from ATSG (Automatic Transmission Service Group) and WORLDPAC's Mark Warren. Twenty five vendors also had booths. The program aims to help techs stay current with diagnostics and repair procedures. “With new vehicles being so technically advanced, it’s now more important than any time before to stay updated so you and your business do not evaporate,” Truglia said.
Main event sponsors included AirSept, Automotive Test Solutions, Automotive Technician Training Services, BG Products, CPS, Drew Tech, Farsight, Flo-Dynamics, General Technologies Corp., Launch, Motor Age/UBM, NAPA, Neutronics, Run Rite and WorldPac.