APWA Book Reviews

Managing Public Equipment
Michael T. Joyner, Sr.
APWA 2000, ISBN 0-917084-85-3

Managing a public equipment fleet is a complicated issue. Modern fleet managers can no longer be one dimensional. Every modern manager must be proficient in the use of computers, from diagnosing equipment problems to managing financial responsibilities. They must be well versed in a wide range of business disciplines. They must deal with human resources, facilities management, purchasing, a broad range of responsibilities. Fleet managers must have a well-rounded education and background in order to excel in this demanding profession.

Equipment services impact the delivery and cost of nearly every service provided to the public, impact the productivity of nearly every employee, support emergency services making the difference between life and death, and support maintenance of infrastructure which makes possible a thriving economy and high quality of life. This is especially true of public works agencies. Simply stated, without effective equipment management services, the work of public agencies cannot be done.

APWA's second edition of Managing Public Equipment provides insight on the skills necessary to be effective in public equipment management. It provides public works managers with a general guide to the key aspects of equipment management and provides information for use in establishing an effective equipment management program. Focusing on best management practices, it presents solutions gathered from a wide range of public agencies and innovative professionals in the equipment management field. In addition to the fundamentals, this guide also provides a discussion of important trends impacting equipment management, including outsourcing/privatization, alternative fuels, and changing technology. This guide provides the fundamentals necessary to distinguish public fleet issues from those of the private fleets.

If you are a public equipment manager, you know that your role has changed over the years. While maintenance and repair once comprised the bulk of your responsibilities, asset management and business acumen now hold equal importance. Managing Public Equipment is an essential tool to aid you in your agency management.

APWA Equipment Code
APWA 2000, ISBN 0-917084-88-8

A perfect companion to Managing Public Equipment, the 2000 APWA Equipment Code is the long-awaited update to the 1973 publication.

Expanding to a ten-digit alphanumeric configuration from the original eight-digits, the code is fully compatible with the original code system. It facilitates interagency comparisons of fleet vehicles and all types of equipment. Use it to identify every type of your agency's equipment. With its expansion to ten digits there are thousands more of available code combinations and, by having more codes options in every field, it brings the APWA Equipment Code into the 21st Century. It sets the standard for fleet inventory accountability.

The Equipment Code is a must if you are using the old book and need to deal with new technology and vehicle advancements. If you maintain information on different types of vehicles and power equipment, plan the repair, replacement and evaluation of your vehicles and equipment, or work with multiple agencies, you need this book.

For more information on purchasing these and any other American Public Works Association books, go on-line to http://www.apwa.net or call 816-472-6100.