Gaming app offers insights into truck repair

by Today's Trucking

The American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) is reaching out to a future generation of technicians with a new augmented reality gaming app – TMCSuperTech: The Game.

Based on TMC’s national technician skills competition, the free game is geared to middle- and high-school students, and can be downloaded for Apple iOS and Android platforms.

(Screenshot: TMCSuperTech: The Game)

An initial test pilot was run with the Arkansas Department of Commerce Office of Skills Development.

Players are exposed to tractor-trailer diagnostics and repair through a series of three mini games that focus on tire and wheels, brakes, and engine repair. There are 15 levels of game play, taking players from the role of a student technician to a repair shop owner.

Rewards in the app can be used to access special paint jobs for the virtual trucks, while links in the game direct students to TMC and its TechForce Foundation to learn about career and scholarship opportunities.

Travel Centers of America and Arkansas’ OSD are premier level sponsor of the game. Other sponsors include Cummins, Dana, Worldwide Equipment, Volvo Trucks Academy, and Peterson Manufacturing. The game was developed in partnership with Design Interactive, based in Orlando.

TMCSuperTech: The Game is available free in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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