How long have you worked as a Diesel Tech? I started here in Feb of 2004, so it will be ten years in 2014.
Describe your education (where you went, when you graduated, favorite subject/project)? I attended Montana State in Bozeman, MT and studied Ag Operations Technology. I also played for the Bobcats in the fall of 2001. For tech school training I attended Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix, AZ from 2002-2004, graduated with an Associates in Auto, Diesel and Industrial Technology. I think my favorite subject was the Hot Rod U courses. We built and tuned different combinations of components to see what worked and what didn’t, it surprised us sometimes.
What is the best advice you can give to someone considering a career as a Diesel Tech? This industry has a vast expanse of vehicles that are powered by diesel fuel, CNG, and diesel hybrid technology. All of those industries are in need of younger people to put to use their knowledge of modern technology to diagnose, repair and maintain all of these vehicles. If you’re the type that likes working on large machines, enjoys getting something done in timely manner, and go where they are needed — this is the job for you.
What’s the most challenging part of your day-to-day job? Getting things done in a timely manner in order to make sure the customer can make their appointment time.
What’s your favorite truck (style/function) and why? I like the Cascadia . The Cascadia is filled with modern technology that makes our jobs as techs easier when it works. Its had glitches like all technology will but I love what they are doing with the truck. When you can haul 75,000 lbs and get 9.5 mpg with a truck that is saying something.
What’s the best thing about working with trucks? What I like most, for the most part everyday is different. There is not usually one day after another that you know exactly what you are working on.
What’s your least favorite part of your day-to-day job? Flywheel housings and oil leaks under the trucks. A truck can be a show winner on the outside but underneath it is a oily mess gets road dirt and grime caked on over time.
Why is your job so critical to the trucking industry? No matter how much engineering, testing, and retesting the truck manufacturers put into their products they still break down. Until we get to the point that there are robot repairmen on the side of the road ready to fix any time of any day they will need a tech with his or her hands on the truck. The diesel tech is vital to making sure what gets shipped gets received on the other end. That is true whether you work in a fleet maintenance shop or in a dealership like I do, we are the eyes and hands that fixes what ships.
Tell us why you’re the BEST at your job. I try to maintain a high level of workmanship and attention to detail in everything I do, I have and do make mistakes but everyone does at one time or another. I do my best to complete my tasks in a timely manner in order to maintain customer satisfaction and keep them coming back.
Why is Truck Center Companies better than the competition? TCC has made an investment of training into every tech that is employed at the company. Trey Mytty knows that without technicians who know what they are doing, he cannot keep trucks coming back and customers coming in the doors to buy trucks. There are a lot of guys who have been here for 9+ years for a reason, it’s a good place to work. All through the recession TCC made sure that we were on the job, the demand doesn’t go down from here.
Tell us about your family. I am married to Char–a school teacher at Westside High. I have two kids, Evie who is 3-1/2 and Andrew who is 6 months.
What do you do when you aren’t at work? Take care of my kids, watch football, teach, and do some woodworking when I can in my garage.
List your favorite hobbies. Woodworking, model cars, and legos.
If you owned a monster truck, what would you call it? Billy Bob’s Bandit