Technician Training Program
Technician Training Program at OSUIT
OSU Institute of Technology offers the leading industrial and farm equipment degree program sponsored by the Western Equipment Dealers Association. The purpose of the program is to upgrade the technical competency and professional level of incoming industrial and farm equipment service technicians.
Those selected for the two-year Western Equipment Dealers Association Technician Training program at OSUIT will spend half their time on campus for technical instruction on current products and equipment learning the latest diagnostic and service procedures. The rest of the time will be spent getting real-world on-the-job training at WEDA-member dealerships.
Each year, as equipment becomes more technologically advanced, the demand for skilled technicians continues to grow. The Western Equipment Dealers Association is addressing this challenge with the Industrial and Farm Equipment Technician Program at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.
The program trains dealership technicians who are:
- Trained on current industrial and farm equipment
- Trained in the latest diagnostic and servicing procedures
- Trained with a positive attitude about the job
This program is a planned dealership personnel development program.
Students that enroll in the two-year, six-semester program spend approximately one-half of their time in technical and academic education at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. The remaining time is allocated for on-the-job experience at the sponsoring member dealership. This means the student spends about 7.5 weeks on campus and the next 7.5 weeks back at the dealership. It is essential for the success of the program that the students’ education at OSU Institute of Technology and dealership work experience be closely aligned for maximum student learning and retention.
Students are required to have a sponsoring Western Equipment Dealers Association member dealership prior to enrollment in the program. The internship allows students to apply, in a real-world setting, what they have learned during the previous classroom/lab sessions. In addition, students become familiar with the dealership environment, its organizational structure, and the competencies that are expected of a professional service technician.
What Dealers Should Do Now
Interested association members should take action immediately to become part of the program:
- Agree to act as a sponsoring dealership
- Appoint an in-dealership coordinator
- Recruit, interview, and select prospective students
- Provide dealership coordinated internship experience in accordance with the program schedule for the duration of the curriculum
- Provide related work/learning experience that supplements the students’ most recent on-campus education
- Agree to pay the student during periods of dealership internships
All tuition, fees, textbooks, travel expenses, and housing costs are the responsibility of the student.
Learn More About OSUIT
Graduates with an Associate in Applied Science in Diesel & Heavy Equipment – WEDA Technician are prepared to enter the workforce as trained service technicians who can diagnose problems and perform factory recommended service procedures in order to maintain high customer service satisfaction.
The program also enables graduates to understand new systems and components as they are introduced as well as advance within the business after additional experience. With dealerships across the country, a career as a farm and industrial equipment technician can take students anywhere.
How to Recruit
Dealers frequently ask where to find technician candidates. The best place to recruit is in your hometown. Participate in career days at the local high school or community college and find young people interested in pursuing a career in your hometown. You might also check with your employees, friends, and customers to see if they know someone who would be a good candidate. As you know, service technicians are highly skilled employees that are important to the growth of your dealership. Recruits need to understand this is a position of importance and display a willingness to make the investment of time and resources to develop into this career.
- NOW – Recruit Students
- April – June – Complete Student Selection Process
- September – Classes Begin (20 students needed for class)
Program Instructor: Terry Killman
During my 20 years in the Navy, I attended several technical schools from basic engine/hydraulics to advanced diesel engine inspection / electro-hydraulic control schools. After being stationed in several areas around the United States and overseas I ended up spending my last five years in Naval Training Center Great Lakes training new sailors just starting their Navy carriers and learning that I enjoyed teaching. After I retired from the Navy in 2004 I went to work in the beverage industry as a repair technician and later I worked at Cessna Aircraft on the Citation Mustang jet. In 2010 I decided to return to school so I used my VA benefits and started attending Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS wherein 2013 I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Vocational – Technical Education. I continued with school and received my Masters of Science in Career and Technical Education in 2015. After graduation, I worked for the State of Missouri until I was able to obtain the position here at OSUIT in May 2017.
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