WTW23 industry education preview

This article was published in the November 2022 edition of NTEA News.

Registration and housing are open for Work Truck Week 2023, scheduled March 7–10, 2023, at Indiana Convention Center (Indianapolis, Indiana). The educational program is a key pillar of North America’s largest work truck event, which provides an opportunity for the industry to connect with technical experts and thought leaders on a variety of topical areas with content designed to helps companies improve efficiency, implement best practices and enhance operational growth.

For the 2023 educational program, March 7–9, Work Truck Week and Green Truck Summit Conference Package registrants can choose from a full slate of education sessions. Key topics address OEM updates, market trends, vehicle design and specification, risk mitigation, and more.

Concurrent educational sessions
Tuesday March 7, 1:30–2:45 p.m.

  • Commercial Vehicle Industry 101
  • Daimler Truck North America Update Session
  • Mercedes-Benz USA Update Session
  • Work Truck Industry Economic Overview and Market Forecast

Tuesday March 7, 3–4:15 p.m.

  • Building Better Commercial Vehicles – Spec’ing 101
  • Chevrolet Commercial Vehicles Update Session
  • Peterbilt Motors Company Update Session
  • Top Tech Trends Impacting Work Trucks

Wednesday, March 8, 8–9:15 a.m.

  • How Seasoned Leaders Keep Their Edge
  • Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Update Session
  • Kenworth Truck Company Update Session
  • Ram Commercial Update Session
  • Top Upfitting Risk Exposures for Multi-Stage Manufacturers
  • Trends Impacting the North American Commercial Vehicle Population
  • Upcoming U.S. Department of Energy Initiatives Affecting the Commercial Vehicle Industry

Wednesday, March 8, 9:30–10:45 a.m.

  • Fleet Purchasing Outlook – What Customers Are Saying
  • Ford Pro Update Session (9:45–11 a.m.)
  • Hino Trucks Update Session
  • International Truck Update Session
  • Invigorate Your Best, Don’t Pander to the Rest: How to Make Your Best Performers Flourish
  • Power Management and Electrical Integration on Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs): Upfitting Considerations and Challenges
  • The Future of Borders and the Work Truck Industry

Thursday, March 9, 9:30–10:45 a.m.

  • Freightliner Custom Chassis Update Session
  • Importance of Managing Work Truck Fleet Data in 2023
  • Mack Trucks Update Session
  • Safety Considerations for Upfitting on Electric Vehicles

Special sessions
Beyond concurrent courses, WTW23 features the following special sessions. These courses, unless noted otherwise, are not included in any registration package. They’re available separately for purchase.

Fleet Management 101
Wednesday, March 8, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Conducted by Mercury Associates Inc., this seminar offers an introduction to important elements of an effective fleet management program. If you’re new to fleet management or a business owner, agency director, procurement or finance official who serves as the de facto fleet manager in your organization, this workshop is for you. Topics include maintenance program design and shop operations management; outsourcing and supplier management; performance measurement and benchmarking; managing vehicle total cost of ownership; and fleet replacement.

Generation Next Leadership Workshop & Networking Reception: EQ + TQ = Positive Workplace Climate
Wednesday, March 8, 2:30–5:30 p.m.
Managing your staff’s emotional intelligence (EQ) with their teamwork intelligence (TQ) will bring about sustainable transformation in your workplace climate. Coach Sidney Moncrief, Hall of Famer, author, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker for Moncrief One Team, will discuss EQ components such as improving relationships, assisting one another, showing respect, making empathy real and communicating efficiently. He will also address TQ components like building trust, having resolve, recognizing responsibility and giving 100% effort. Learn practical strategies from an experienced professional basketball player and coach that will not only improve, but transform your workplace climate.

Indiana LTAP Fleet Educational Program: The Importance of Selecting the Right Equipment for Your Municipal Fleet
Thursday, March 9, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
During this session, the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) will compare and contrast how equipment has changed over time and illustrate why having the right equipment can make all the difference. Change is inevitable, but improvement is not. Come see how we can use change to improve and be ready for tomorrow.

Creating a Roadmap to Increase Truck Dealer Commercial Vehicle Sales
Thursday, March 9, 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
With current marketplace challenges, it’s easy to sit back and wait for economic improvement before taking action to increase sales. However, there is no better time than now to employ innovative business improvement strategies and overcome obstacles to gain new customers. This session, presented by Ken Taylor, president of Ken Taylor & Associates Inc., will provide a blueprint for success to help your commercial vehicle business grow and prosper.

Leadership Journeys – Highlighting Diverse Experiences
Thursday, March 9, 10–11:30 a.m.
Leaders from various segments of the commercial vehicle community will share their unique experiences and pathways to success during this interactive panel conversation. Hear diverse perspectives, insights and challenges overcome on their journeys to leadership in the work truck industry. Note: this session is included in GTS and WTW Conference Packages, and it is also available for purchase separately.

Purdue Road School: Indiana Statutes and Rules for Professional Engineering Licensure
Thursday, March 9, 1–2 p.m.
This session will cover Indiana Code vs. Indiana Administrative Code, selected statutes and rules applied to the practice of engineering, registration by comity, registrant’s seal, computer-based testing for FE and PE exams, rules for continuing education, audits, board structure, and threats to professional licensure.

Purdue Road School: Professionalism and Ethics in the Practice of Engineering
Thursday, March 9, 2–3 p.m.
This session will review the new American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Code of Ethics, National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Code of Ethics, rules of professional conduct in Indiana statutes and rules, reporting violations, the basis for making ethical decisions, NSPE Ethics Reference Guide, and NSPE Board of Ethical Review.

Green Truck Summit
Tuesday, March, 7
Green Truck Summit features a full-day program, including a keynote address from Jennifer Rumsey, president and chief executive officer of Cummins Inc.; general and breakout sessions, and a lunch and reception. Learn more at worktruckweek.com/greentrucksummit.

Visit worktruckweek.com for more details, including access to online exhibitor and product listings, schedule of events, registration and housing.