Jeff Curtis (standing), former diesel technology instructor at Bellingham Technical College, presents Hands-on Basic Electrical at VMMC 2017.

Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference set for March 27-29

Shoreline Community College hosts 69th annual fleet training event

Shoreline, Wash.-The 69th annual Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference (VMMC) will again be held at the Professional Automotive Training Center (PACT) on the campus of Shoreline Community College (SCC), March 27-29.

     Designed originally by a University of Washington professor who determined the need for the exchange of knowledge and information, over the past 70 years VMMC has become the premier West Coast educational conference for the vehicle maintenance industry.

     VMMC combines three days of more than 60 management and technical training sessions and roundtables for technicians, fleet supervisors, fleet administrators, trainers, students, and others who provide service and repair to private sector and government fleets. There is also an indoor trade show showcasing products, parts, and equipment, plus an outdoor heavy equipment display.

     Dozens of technical subjects will covered at the 2018 conference, including Telematic Hydraulic Integration, Heavy Duty Engine Panel (Cummins, Detroit, and PACCAR), Oil Filtration Technologies, Automotive Electrical Diagnostics, Diesel Emissions & Exhaust, Hands-on Basic Electrical, Air System Overview & Diagnosis, Fuel Distributions, Ford Technical Session, and more.

     Several classes will be held in the Hunter and Snap-on training centers at the award-winning PACT, each site providing hands-on training capabilities.

     Instructors include top industry trainers from Ford, GM/ACDelco, Cummins, Detroit Diesel, CTI, Parker/Baldwin, Chevron, Terex, Webasto, and others.

     On the management side, there is a management roundtable, Fleet Management 101 class, Grant Registration & Preparation session, and others. There is also an iATN-Social Networking for Technicians presentation, an ASE Test Prep class for school bus technicians, a Cummins Insite Certification session, and a TIA Tire & Wheel Certification course.

     “VMMC 2018 will be one of the most exciting in recent years due to the involvement of many new manufacturer representatives and industry speakers,” said George Schillinger, senior territory manager for the Western U.S., Parker Hannifin/Racor, and the chairman of the 2018 event.

“We have an excellent keynote speaker with Chris Jackson, an expert in telematics, something our industry has grown to know as a standard. And well-known fleet manager and speaker Bill DeRousse is presenting a dynamic Fleet Management 101 session.

     “As the chairman of the 69th VMMC, it is an honor and privilege to work with our knowledgeable industry leaders, our volunteer trustees, to put together such an exceptional learning experience.”.

     In addition to training classes and special sessions, the annual Snap-on Tech Challenge will test the knowledge of VMMC attendees and provide a variety of prizes for top performers on the test.

     The conference begins March 27, with the keynote presentation by Jackson, vice president/government operations, BSM Technologies. He began his career more than 17 years ago with the 407 Express Toll Route in Ontario, Canada, the first electronically operated toll highway in the world. He is a telematics expert who has been involved with numerous intelligent transportation system projects in the U.S. and Canada.

     VMMC is overseen by a board of trustees that comprise more than 30 volunteers who represent all phases of the automotive and fleet industries, including trainers and educators. The conference is managed by the SCC conference management team.

     Major sponsors of VMMC include ACDelco, Blue Star Gas, GM Genuine Parts, Motion & Flow Control Products, Parker/Racor, and Snap-on Industrial.

     For complete conference schedule and registration details, including lodging information, visit For questions about VMMC, email Mary Brueggeman conference manager, at, or call her at 206-533-6724.

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