20th Work Truck Show features training, networking and new trucks

This article was published in the November 2019 edition of NTEA News

Work Truck Week 2020 features an expansive exhibit floor displaying the most innovative commercial vehicles, equipment and technology; three days of educational programs; multiple networking opportunities; a two-day Ride-and-Drive; the industry’s leading alternative fuels and advanced technology conference; and an event dedicated to improving manufacturing techniques and efficiency.

North America’s largest work truck event is scheduled Tuesday, March 3 through Friday, March 6, 2020, at Indiana Convention Center (Indianapolis, Indiana). Educational sessions, Green Truck Summit, and Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference begin March 3, and the exhibit hall is open March 4–6.

“The 2020 Show will highlight what’s best about our industry: emerging technologies, groundbreaking new vocational vehicles, robust educational sessions and the opportunity to connect with those who are passionate about the commercial vehicle community,” said Steve Carey, NTEA president & CEO. “For 20 years, the Show has helped energize and transform the industry, and we look forward to continuing to make an impact.”

2020 educational program
If you select any Conference & Trade Show Package, you can choose from a full slate of concurrent educational courses. Sessions address workforce development, shop productivity, market trends and data, vehicle certification, profit improvement opportunities, lean manufacturing and welder training.

Beyond concurrent courses, the Show features the following special sessions. These courses are not included in any registration package — they’re available separately for purchase. View all topics and customize your schedule at worktruckshow.com/eventeducation.

Fleet Management 101
Conducted by senior professionals from Mercury Associates Inc., this seminar offers a thorough introduction to important elements of an effective fleet management program. If you are new to fleet management or a business owner, agency director, or procurement or finance official who serves as the de facto fleet manager in your organization, this workshop is for you. Topics include maintenance program design and shop operations management; outsourcing and supplier management; performance measurement and benchmarking; managing vehicle total cost of ownership; and fleet replacement.

Generation Next Leadership Workshop & Networking Reception: Tap into Your Inner Rhythm
Collision of Rhythm incorporates drumming, tap dancing, rhythmic juggling, marimba, saxophone, and more during this interactive presentation demonstrating what’s possible with remarkable teamwork. Attendees will learn how to enhance communication skills, leverage unique skillsets, amplify creativity and boost collaborative processes.

Indiana LTAP Fleet Educational Program: Winter Operations From Sidewalks to Statewide
Annual winter snow removal and deicing by public agencies costs more than $250 million in Indiana. Find out how the latest technologies in commercial probe data can be used to characterize highway speed and identify emerging problems. Other topics include adoption of precision agriculture principles and application of deicing chemicals on sidewalks in municipal and private-sector office parks. Partner demonstrations will be available following the session.

Indiana LTAP Road Scholar Core Course #11 – Road and Bridge Plan Reading
Learn the contents of road and bridge plans, including engineering and construction concepts, and find out how to read typical sheet types. Using a set road and bridge plan, this course will help attendees become familiar with plan features, details and organization; understand different drawing types and what they describe; and locate information contained in a plan. Many local agencies find these concepts useful for contract administration, assistance in right-of-way determination, easement location and drainage features.

Purdue Road School
As part of the Purdue Road School Transportation Conference and Expo, a select number of classes will be held at Indiana Convention Center in conjunction with The Work Truck Show.

During Indiana Statutes and Rules for Professional Engineers, participate in an updated discussion of Indiana Code and Indiana Administrative Code applied to the practice of engineering, including pending changes to the rules.

The next session, Ethics and the Practice of Engineering and Surveying, offers a comparison of personal codes of ethics, professional society codes of ethics, ethics in NCEES Model Law and Model Rules, and Indiana Code and Indiana Administrative Code.

Spec’ing for Success
Join a team of subject matter experts for an in-depth workshop geared toward identifying correct specification components for many popular commercial vehicle applications. Following an overview of common components (terrain, axles, suspension, frame and weight distribution), presenters will cover how your selections influence performance.

Visit worktruckshow.com for more Work Truck Week details, including exhibiting companies and products, schedule of events, registration and housing. Contact NTEA with questions (800-441-6832 or info@ntea.com).