Announcing Ruan’s 2023 Top Technician Competition Competitors!

Jul 27, 2023

Ruan is excited to host our sixth annual Top Technician Competition, an event that highlights our technicians' skills and mastery of the industry's latest diagnostic tools and technologies. We are pleased to announce the 10 technicians who earned the highest scores from the first phase of our competition, which included a 100-question online assessment. The following technicians will now move on to compete in a hands-on portion of the competition August 3:

  • Dakoda Brown, Muscatine, IA
  • Gilbert Chavez, Clovis, NM
  • Cody Conn, Ankeny, IA
  • Brandon Crews, Cedartown, GA
  • Jacob Pack, Smyrna, TN
  • Jesus Rodriguez Jr, San Antonio, TX
  • Keith Nejedlo, Madison, WI
  • Clifford Smith, Rexford, KS
  • Lance Stewart, Canby, OR
  • Justen Sutton, Jefferson, GA

The event will be held in Ankeny, IA, in cooperation with Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). The competition will take place at DMACC, and 10 DMACC diesel technician students will have the opportunity compete in their own competition on August 2.

The challenge involves 11 skills stations, each generously sponsored by the following vendors:

  • Wheel Ends – sponsored by ConMet
  • Steering/Suspension – sponsored by Hendrickson
  • Brakes – sponsored by Meritor
  • DOT Inspections – sponsored by Iowa Motor Truck Association and Iowa Department of Transportation
  • OEM Software – Truck Country
  • System Diagnostics – sponsored by Noregon
  • Fifth Wheels - Holland
  • Service Information – Truck Country
  • Tires and Wheels – sponsored by Bridgestone
  • Heavy Duty Vehicle Fluids – sponsored by Chevron
  • Starting and Charging Systems – sponsored by Delco Remy

An overall score, calculated by the sum of individual scores from the 11 hands-on skills stations, will be used to determine the first, second, and third place finishers. The winners will be announced at an awards banquet on the evening of August 3, and each will receive a plaque and monetary award for their accomplishments. Additionally, Ruan’s top three technicians will represent Ruan in Cleveland, OH, at the American Trucking Associations' (ATA) National SuperTech competition, hosted by the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC). Ruan will also sponsor the winning DMACC competitor to participate in the SuperTech student competition.

We look forward to the competition and the opportunity to focus our attention on the important work that our technicians do every day to keep our equipment running efficiently and safely. Thank you for all your hard work!

Interested in joining our team as a technician? View our technician career opportunities.