Program launches to address demand for equipment service technicians

By |  September 3, 2013

Washburn Institute of Technology launched a full-time, one-year construction equipment and diesel technology-training program to provide equipment dealers and other service providers experiencing technician shortfalls with qualified diesel service technicians.

The program, which Case Construction Equipment and The Victor L. Phillips Co. are sponsoring, kicked off Aug. 12 with 44 students at Washburn Tech’s training lab on its main campus in Topeka, Kan. According to a press release, program graduates earn a technical certificate or an associate of applied science degree in diesel technology.

“Demand is high for skilled technicians in this industry, and service plays a vital role in customer satisfaction for our dealers,” says Jim Hasler, vice president of Case Construction Equipment. “This program will help [Victor L. Phillips] and other dealers cultivate new talent capable of working on diesel machines of all brands and styles, equip workers with in-demand skills that can lead to an excellent living, and serve as a template for future partnerships between manufacturers, dealers and educational institutions.”

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