ERIC Number: ED186089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Diesel and Truck Certification Needs Assessment: Two Surveys.
Broadbent, William A.
Recommendations for the improvement of the diesel engine and truck components of the Hawaii state certification examination for automobile and truck mechanics were solicited from 14 major private businesses repairing heavy tractor rigs and/or diesel engines on Oahu and a statewide sample of 21 trucking firms and other companies making extensive use of trucks. Personal interviews with managerial personnel at truck service and repair firms focused on: firm employees who had taken the diesel mechanics portion of the exam, its validity, preferences with regard to modification of the testing system, subject areas that should be emphasized in a new exam, willingness to participate in test development, preferences in relation to test administration, requirements for certification, the problem of English language fluency, and the weaknesses of the present testing system. Interviews with trucking firms solicited information on: the number of trucks in the firm's fleet and whether they were diesel or gasoline powered, desirability of mechanic certification, familiarity with the exam, adequacy of the gasoline engine examination and areas that needed improvement, truck frame, chassis, and diesel and gasoline engine suppliers, repair types and costs, complaints about repairs, and testing preferences. The survey report presents analyses of both surveys, recommendations, and the interview guides. (JP)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Office of the State Director for Vocational Education.
Identifiers: Hawaii; Trucking Industry