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AED Technical Assessments Introduced at AED Accredited College Programs
By Steve Johnson
In April 2012, The AED Foundation introduced Technical Assessments for graduating students in diesel/equipment programs at AED Accredited Colleges. Caterpillar ThinkBIG programs will also be utilizing the assessments. This initiative was undertaken at the request of this academic community, to meet their expressed needs for such a test.
First, they need a way in which to validate students' learning as they finish the two-year degree programs. Second, the assessments database with results from multiple schools will provide benchmarking capabilities that will assist schools in pursuing continuous improvement. Third, many states are now requiring state-funded college programs to document their program results via assessments. Fourth, many expect federal Perkins Act funding for the programs to, in the near future, require this type of assessment.
Not a surprise, the assessment questions are closely aligned with the Foundation's technical standards. These "Standards for Construction Equipment Technology," now in their seventh edition, define what students should know upon graduation from an AED Accredited college program in six key equipment technology areas: electric/electronics, hydraulics/hydrostatics, diesel engines, power trains, a/c & heating, and safety & administration.
The AED Foundation developed the assessment via an industry Task Force under the auspices of the Foundation's Technical Training Committee. As always with such Foundation initiatives, Volunteer task force members provided technical expertise with broad representation from dealers, manufacturers and technical colleges. This dedicated group invested a significant amount of time as the team proceeded from developing a question pool, to question selection, to several assessment reviews, and on to the final assessment form. Also, AED's IT team developed an online and fully automated assessment order and delivery system that is state of the art.
The AED Foundation would like to thank the following individuals for their Volunteer service to the Foundation as members of the Task Force for this initiative.
Section Team A. Power Trains & Air Conditioning/Heating:
- Dr. Gloria Dohman, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, ND
- Mr. John Scheulen, Assessments Coordinator, Linn State Technical College, Linn, MO
Section Team B. Diesel Engines & Electrical/Electronics:
- John Scheulen, Team Leader, Linn State Technical College, Linn, MO
- Dan Gunderson, Central Lakes College, Staples, MN
- Mike Bond, Roland Machinery Co., Springfield, IL
- Rich Hoffmeyer, McCann Industries, Inc., Addison, IL
- Mark Johnson, General Equipment & Supplies, Inc., Fargo, ND
- Les Tripp, Komatsu America Corporation, Rolling Meadows, IL
Section Team C. Hydraulics/Hydrostatics & Safety/Administrative:
- Wayne Longbrake, Team Leader, Formerly Pennsylvania College of Technology, Mebane, NC
- Clay Jensen, North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, ND
- Bruce Taylor, Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc., Tulsa, OK
- Augie Sacadat, Road Machinery, LLC, Phoenix, AZ
- Allen Jacobson, Cummins NPower, LLC, White Bear Lake, MN
- Dan Heskin, General Equipment & Supplies, Inc., Fargo, ND
- Brian Stringer, John Deere Construction & Forestry, Dubuque, IA
If you would like to serve with The AED Foundation as a Volunteer, please contact Steve Johnson at 630.468.5134 or email@example.com.
- Ronald Lowe, Team Leader, Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC
- Steve Deller, West Side Tractor Sales, Naperville, IL
- Scott Tinker, Stowers Machinery Corporation, Knoxville, TN
- Ivan Bullock, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
- William Rix, Volvo Construction Equipment Sales, Asheville, NC
- Mark Rangos, Liebherr Construction Equipment Co., Newport News, VA
- Roberto Bogdanoff, Volvo Construction Equipment Sales, Asheville, NC
Article Date: 04-26-2012
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