FAIRLAND, Ind. (Feb. 5, 2001)—The Tire Association of America will unveil an updated version of its training program for off-the-road tire technicians at TANA´s 2001 Off-the-Road Conference in Amelia Island, Fla., Feb. 15-17.
Those who complete this OTR program and pass a test will receive TANA certification as an OTR tire technician.
TANA also offers certification programs in passenger, light truck, agricultural and industrial tire service.
The new video and training program will replace a training video made by TANA´s predecessor, the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, in 1993.
It will cover the latest in equipment and technology available, said John Buettner, TANA vice president for training and technical services, and includes updated information covering larger-sized tires and new techniques.
Tire dealers and others attending the OTR Conference will see a 20-minute segment of the 100-minute video—one of three main components of the training program.
The video portion will be completed first, said Mr. Buettner, who also serves as executive director of the Indiana Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association. The program also will include an extensive workbook and a test, which still are under development.
The workbook will be several hundred pages in length and feature plenty of photos, Mr. Buettner, and he expects the number of tire technicians who could take the course could reach into the thousands.
"We tried to design this program that would take and give basic information to a beginner and intermediate person coming into the field with some experience," Mr. Buettner said. But it also can serve "as a refresher course for people who have done it (OTR tire service) for many, many years."
The certification program will provide "industry appropriate" steps and procedures for horizontal and vertical mounting and demounting OTR tires on one-, three- and five-piece rims, he said, including radial and bias tires with or without tubes.
The video will cover tire service procedures for eight different types of mounts on seven different vehicles and includes information on safety procedures, protective clothing and the correct use of equipment.
Planning for the project began about a year ago, Mr. Buettner said, when a team of experts met in Phoenix to develop a plan and finalize the procedures to be included in the program. TANA hired In Focus Video from Herndon, Va., to shoot and edit the program.
Mr. Buettner said 17 companies—including tire manufacturers, service truck and equipment makers and large dealerships—provided equipment, personnel and use of their facilities for developing and videotaping the program.
The video crew spent 10 days shooting at various sites in Arizona including a Phelps Dodge Corp. mine in Miami, Ariz., and a Caterpillar Inc. facility in Phoenix.
The TANA team also has met with officials of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MHSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor during planning of the training program, Mr. Buettner said. MHSA can´t really endorse the project, but they have cooperated with the developers of the training program, he said.
"Their (MHSA) goal is the same as ours," Mr. Buettner said, "and they think it´s great when a consortium of the industry, driven by the national association, can pull such a great group of people together."