Virginia DOT's Bruce Nelson Named 2007 AEMP Foundation Public Fleet Technician of the Year

Staff | September 28, 2010

Larry Maready of the Virginia Department of Transportation accepts the Technician of the Year Award for Bruce Nelson from Bob Decker, chair of the AEMP Foundation, and Roger Mohr of John Deere.

Bruce Nelson has worked in submarines, in the engines of aircraft carriers, and since 1998, all types of equipment for the VDOT. Whether the mission was to get a ship out to sea or a snowplow out on the road, Nelson has demonstrated technical excellence, team orientation, and a customer focus that has allowed him to rise to the top of the equipment-technician profession.

When told he had won the AEMP Foundation Technician of the Year Award, Nelson admitted being "very surprised" and says that his co-workers were building an extension to the doors so that his "head will fit," but he is very honored and humbled by the recognition. Symbolic of the relationship Nelson enjoys with team members was in fact the good-natured joking and fun they had during his interview.

Nelson graduated from Nashville Auto Diesel College in 1980, but never stopped learning. From attending welding classes on his own time to maintaining ASE Certifications including Master Automotive with eight certifications, Master Medium & Heavy Duty Truck with seven certifications, Master Truck Equipment with three certifications and certification in Advanced Level Truck Diesel Engine Diagnosis. All told, he has 19 ASE certifications with three masters.