In February, AEMP and the AEMP Foundation announced the winners of its Technician of the Year Awards, one private-industry employee and one from the public sector, who were then honored at a breakfast during the 26th Annual Management Conference & Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.
The public fleet Technician of the Year is Craig Donor of the Virginia Department of Transportation, a 19-year industry veteran. Donor works at a VDOT facility in Fredricksburg, and was named 2008 Technician of the Year for his nine-shop district. He was part of a committee that developed and introduced laptop diagnostic equipment to VDOT repair shops statewide, and was part of the pilot FleetCross website, for which he is now an instructor and administrator.
Donor was on a committee to design a new piece of equipment that is now undergoing field testing as a prototype, and he thought of a modification to field services trucks that free the bed of the truck for supplies and spare parts, a change being implemented statewide. He was selected to a District Mentor Program, holds ASE Masters and FAA certifications, and is also a certified welder and FEMA-certified emergency manager.
The private fleet Technician of the Year is Brian Ganson of George J. Igel & Company, Inc., Columbus, Ohio. In his 14 years in the profession, Ganson has become a highly respected member of a team of 20, even as the youngest of his company's field mechanics. He is on the firm's safety committee, and coordinated the purchase and installation of a GPS fleet monitoring system, suggesting system modifications to the vendor that were incorporated and were to be introduced at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008.
The AEMP Technician of the Year Award, established in 1989, is sponsored annually by the AEMP Foundation to spotlight the increasingly complex skill sets required of today's professional technician and to raise awareness of the critical shortage of technicians that now exists. Award winners are selected based on professionalism, technical skills, innovative troubleshooting and diagnostics, and for exemplary contributions to the equipment technician profession.
Nominations are solicited from the entire industry, and nominees and nominators do not have to be members of AEMP to participate. There is no obligation for entering and no entry fee.
The AEMP Technician of the Year Award is sponsored by John Deere and the AEMP Foundation. The awards luncheon was sponsored by QUALCOMM.
The AEMP Foundation funds technician scholarships for students attending accredited two-year technical education programs in pursuit of careers as equipment technicians. Scholarship funds cover tuition and books for recipients.