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Students to Explore the AED Dealer Technician Career Opportunity!
It's been a little over five years since www.AEDCareers.com was launched in October 2006. You may be interested to know that this AED Foundation student recruitment website, which focuses specifically on the AED dealer technician career opportunity, had almost 48,000 visitors in 2011. The pace so far this year exceeds last year.
It is a well-known fact that there are no silver bullets for addressing recurring industry technician shortages. We need to find capable and qualified students for careers as equipment technicians and it's difficult. We fight old stereotypes: the "noncollege student," "the dirty mechanic" and the "vo-tech" school image. Ask most colleges and you will find that the pool of candidates for technical education becomes harder and harder to fill. The old sources, like students that grew up around equipment, such as on farms and in more rural areas, are not as large. The "cultural" issue remains huge, that is, our society's emphasis on four-year nonvocational degree majors as more "respectable" fields of study with more opportunity.
The AED Foundation needs you to help us change those old perceptions about careers in equipment technology. We encourage you to regularly refer students to www.AEDCareers.com as part of your ongoing recruitment efforts toward establishing an entry-level technician "pipeline." This image/recruitment resource showcases the high-tech, sophisticated technology that diesel technology students learn.
When students visit www.AEDCareers.com, they can obtain information about equipment dealer technician careers: what technicians do, where they work, what steps to take to thoroughly explore the career opportunity, and technical schools with diesel/equipment programs that they may attend.
There is also an AED member dealer locator. The Foundation advises students to contact dealers' management and service professionals and ask them about the career. When students visit the dealers, they have the opportunity to get a tour, look at and touch the "iron," talk to technicians, obtain information on student resources available, and really talk about career opportunities.
Again, we request your help in "getting the word out" to students about www.AEDCareers.com. When you talk with students, high school and post-secondary career counselors in your area, host a career day, or talk to parents and peers about the industry, steer them to the website. If something is going to appear in local media about your dealership, include a few words about great equipment industry careers and reference the site. Think of the collective impact we can have on industry image and the technician recruitment situation if we join forces in doing this and other workforce development initiatives on an ongoing basis.
Article Date: 04-05-2012
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