The shortage of qualified technicians is an ongoing problem facing construction equipment dealers across North America. Engaging with students, parents, educators, and other stakeholders about the industry and addressing the technician shortfall are critical focuses for The AED Foundation.
Showcasing the growing technological sophistication of the industry is essential to gaining the interest of students, too. For the first time at this event, courtesy of United Rentals, students were able to use a VR (virtual reality) simulator, which allowed them to operate and drive a 125-foot JLG Boom Lift.
“This event was very interactive, and I was pleased with the level of engagement our students displayed,” said Natalie Shiozawa, a teacher at Horizonte Instruction and Training Center in Salt Lake City. “It is a fun way for students to learn more about possible careers in the heavy equipment industry, and we look forward to continuing to participate in the future.”
“The AED Foundation’s Heavy Equipment Technology Career Day and Barbeque is an important way for high school students to learn more about the construction equipment industry, and to learn about the state-of-the-art Westpointe Workforce Training and Education Center,” said Rick Bouillon, associate vice president of workforce and economic development at Salt Lake Community College. “We look forward to hosting future Career Day events at SLCC and maintaining a strong, lasting partnership with The AED Foundation and local AED construction equipment distributors.”
Local AED dealers who generously supported and made the event possible were Arnold Machinery Co., Century Equipment Co., Ditch Witch of the Rockies, Honnen Equipment, Intermountain Bobcat, Kimball Equipment Co., Komatsu Equipment Co., Rasmussen Equipment Co., United Rentals and Wheeler Machinery Co.
Attendees from AED and The AED Foundation included Senior Director of Member Engagement Phil Riggs and Associate Director of Development and Workforce Marty McCormack.
The AED Foundation looks forward to continuing its Heavy Equipment Technology Career Day at SLCC in 2020 and beyond. The AED Foundation is interested in expanding its offering of career-promotion events to help keep tackling the technician shortage. If you’d like to host a Career Day event in your region, please contact Marty McCormack or your regional manager.
Marty McCormack is The AED Foundation’s associate director of development and workforce. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org