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.
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)
For more information contact the association office
Service Technician Skills/Knowledge Test
About the Test This online test is designed to recognize the high performing technicians in your dealership. WEDA believes that having technicians that are certified under this program gives your dealership an advantage in attracting customers for service and repair jobs. The test is most beneficial as an excellent tool for evaluating prospective technicians during the hiring process. Most importantly, we hope this accredited test will bring a sense of pride to each technician who receives certified technician status.
How Does It Work? Simply contact the WEDA office! We require the technician’s name and your email so we can email you the username and access code for the technician to take the online test.
- The technician will have a maximum of two hours to complete the test. The test results are administered by WEDA with results being provided to the dealer principal.
- Each participating technician who achieves a mark of 75% or higher will receive recognition as a WEDA Certified Technician. To register your technicians for this online test, contact the association office. We encourage you to take advantage of this service!
- This online test was developed with the cooperation of the Ohio State University, Kelsey/SIAST and the North American Equipment Dealers Association. In order to assist you in recruiting the WEDA office has the Service Technician test translated into French, Spanish, Ukrainian, and German.
Also receive the OPE Service Technician Skills/Knowledge Test provided as a member service, free of charge. If you want the printed, 10-page version, call or email your request to the Association office. (Yes, the answer key is provided.) Request Form
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