Every year the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) holds a competition where their employees can showcase skills in driving, rail operating, customer care and maintenance. Not only do first-place winners in each category get bragging rights, they can also advance to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) International Rodeo competition.
This year was the first time technicians Jose Cordero, Jimmy Jimenez and John Maiava from our Houston, Texas, location were invited to compete in the maintenance competition. Teams of technicians competed head-to-head in a series of stations designed to simulate vehicle components and engines. Technicians are scored on how quickly and effectively they navigated their way through the stations, diagnosing and fixing the simulated problems.
Other events in the competition included:
1. Written Test
2. USSC Vehicle Inspection
3. Allison Transmission/Cummins/EMP Power Train Event
4. Custom Training Aid/Bendix Air Brake Board Event
5. Cummins/Voith Power Train Event
6. Thermo King HVAC IntelligAIRE Event
7. MCI Multiplex Module
8. Vapor Door Event
“It was an excellent experience for our technicians,” said manager of safety Steve Elsen. “Jose, Jimmy and John are all highly skilled technicians. They reflect the best traditions of our company’s commitment to technical excellence. Although they didn’t place in the top three spots this year, I’m sure they will be invited back next year. They are among the very best technicians we have and are at the top of their game.”
Congratulations to the Houston team for your fine efforts in the competition. You display our value of Setting the Highest Standards.