Daimler Trucks North America Announces Winners of Annual Skills Competition

Joe Speelman of Western Idaho Freightliner in Napa, Idaho, won the vehicle category at DTNA’s Technician Skills Competition 2019.
Joe Speelman of Western Idaho Freightliner in Napa, Idaho, won the vehicle category at DTNA’s Technician Skills Competition 2019.

Daimler Trucks North America, LLC. (DTNA), the parent company of school bus manufacturer Thomas Built Buses, recently announced the winners of its 2019 Technician Skills Competition.

Joe Speelman of Western Idaho Freightliner in Napa, Idaho, was the vehicle competition winner, while Kyle Ballard of Clark Power Services in Charlotte, North Carolina, was the winner of the engine competition.

“Congratulations to Joe and Kyle, and to all of the technicians who participated in this tough program. Our Technician Skills Competition demonstrates the deep level of knowledge and quality all of our technicians possess,” Paul Romanaggi, chief customer experience officer for Daimler Trucks North America announced on Friday. “The technicians—as well as everyone in our service network—are integral to our mission to deliver a superior experience to our customers by providing the highest level of diagnostics and service.”

The competition spans across six months and features hundreds of technicians from across the United States and Canada.

Twelve technicians participated in the final round, which included the technician’s ability to diagnose and repair a range of DTNA’s products. These included the: Freightliner Cascadia, new Cascadia, Detroit heavy-duty engines and the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission.

The competition took place at DTNA’s Portland, Oregon headquarters.

Kyle Ballard of Clark Power Services in Charlotte, North Carolina, was the winner of the engine competition.