maintainingthefleet Posted July 8, 2013 Share Posted July 8, 2013 Well, I am awful glad I found this place. Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Arthur. I have been in and out of the trucking industry in various positions since I was 17 and in the army as a 63S, heavy wheeled vehicle mechanic back in the mid and late 90s. For a short time in 99, I actually turned wrenches in the civilian world on road trucks. After a minor injury on the job, I decided I would pack up and sell off my tools, then learn to drive. I did some driving in the Army, which has come in handy if you've ever driven Houston local. I got out of driving and into dispatching, then just got fed up with the whole damn thing and quit to follow my dream industry. Well, about a year ago, I found myself out of my dream industry and in a dead-end job. I got my CDL back and started driving again, this time local. Had a couple of different jobs, then came to the company I am at now, and I originally hired on as a driver for end-dumps. The owner of the company, in light of my maintenance and management experience asked me to take over fleet maintenance manager. So, here I am, having to build a maintenance program from scratch. This company, which shall remain nameless for their own sake, has no PM program, so I am designing that as well. I have a bunch of surly drivers, and a hodgepodge of auction trucks that I am trying to get up to DOT specs, to include a nice handful of Mack tractors, CH and Vision series, and a bunch of International Paystar mixers. They aren't so nice, and I don't have a lot of experience with Macks, other than driving them. Any input is helpful, especially when it comes to the little tricks. Most of my Macks have various and sundry electrical problems, some pretty cosmic, others more pedestrian.I really am still trying to figure out how or why I took this job, but I think it's either because I'm just plain crazy, or maybe I love a challenge. I hope it's the latter. Mostly I think it's because I'm stubborn. But I may look to folks from time to time for help. My maintenance staff is as cobbled together as the trucks are, but I think even they can be whipped into shape. We'll see. But any input, even to tell me I AM crazy, would be appreciated. Take care, and thanks for being here in advance.A Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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