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The AED Foundation Technical Training Committee 2012
Volunteers Working for You and the Equipment Industry
On April 12, 2012, The AED Foundation's Technical Training Committee (TTC) met in Oak Brook, Ill. This dedicated group of volunteers is composed of representatives from AED member dealers and manufacturers, and AED Accredited college technical programs. The TTC is an advisory committee to the Foundation that supports the delivery of value-added workforce development and technical education services for the benefit of AED members. Committee initiatives are based on the Foundation's strategic plan as approved by The AED Foundation Board of Directors. Key TTC initiatives include the following.
We thank the following individuals and organizations for their support of the equipment industry through volunteer participation in the Technical Training Committee.
AED Technical Standards: The latest update of "Standards for Construction Equipment Technology," the seventh edition since 1997, was published in spring of 2011. Updated every three years, these technical standards define what students should learn in a two-year college degree program in diesel/equipment technology.
AED Accreditation: The technical standards are the foundation for AED Accreditation of college programs in diesel/equipment technology. AED Accreditation is only granted after a thorough program review process including an onsite visit by AED Evaluation Team Leaders.
Resources, Policies and Procedures: The committee continues its ongoing work in development of dealer resources for student recruitment, accreditation policies and procedures, and promoting good relationships between dealers, manufacturers and technical colleges that result in meeting mutual needs.
AED Technical Assessments: Aligned with the "Standards," AED Technical Assessments for graduating college students were introduced in April 2012. The assessments validate student learning over the 2-year diesel/equipment technology degree programs, serve as a benchmarking resource, and help to meet evolving requirements for federal and state funding.
AED Foundation Technical Training Committee 2012
Glenn C. Williamson, Chair, Slaton, TX
Steve Hitch, Advisory, Caterpillar, Inc., Peoria, IL
Steve Deller, West Side Tractor Sales Co., Naperville, IL
Kevin DeVries, Michigan CAT, Grand Rapids, MI
Dennis Fawcett, MacAllister Machinery Co., Inc., Ft. Wayne, IN
Douglas Hammond, State University of New York at Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY
Mike Hayes, Komatsu America Corporation, Rolling Meadows, IL
Dave Hildebrand, McAllister Equipment Co., Alsip, IL
Richard Hoffmeyer, McCann Industries, Inc., Addison, IL
Allen C. Jacobson, Cummins NPower, LLC, White Bear Lake, MN
Rich Jilek, Dressta North America, Bolingbrook, IL
Ronald Lowe, Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC
Terry Marohl, North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, ND
Augie Sacadat, Road Machinery LLC, Phoenix, AZ
Don Shilling, General Equipment & Supplies, Inc., Fargo, ND
George Stanek, Linn State Technical College, Linn, MO
Scott Tinker, Stowers Machinery Corporation, Knoxville, TN
Al Vander Linden, Vermeer Corporation, Pella, IA
Deven M. Wilson, John Deere Construction & Forestry Division, Davenport, IL
Would you like to serve on The Technical Training Committee in the future? If you have expertise in equipment dealer management, service operations and/or equipment technology, and you work for an AED member company or affiliate, please contact Steve Johnson at The AED Foundation.
The AED Foundation Technical Training Committee Charter
Promotes the building of relationships and partnerships between technical colleges, heavy equipment distributors and other industry organizations, encouraging them to work together as active partners in industry workforce development.
Updates The AED Foundation's "Standards for Construction Equipment Technology," the foundation of the requirements for AED Accreditation of college equipment/diesel technical programs. These national technical standards are updated and re-published every three years with input from dealers, manufacturers and AED accredited post-secondary schools.
Assists in developing and implementing AED Accreditation and AED Recognized Education Alliance processes and procedures, including accreditation requirements for post-secondary associates or higher degree programs in construction diesel/equipment technology. Most recently, this also includes AED Recognition of secondary or high school technical programs under the auspices of AED Accredited college programs.
Helps in the recruitment and training of volunteer Evaluation Team Leaders (ETLs). ETLs assist applicant colleges in achieving AED Accreditation and Education Alliance recognition. They also make the onsite program visits to evaluate technical colleges seeking AED Accreditation per established national technical standards.
Facilitates programs for the donation or loan to schools of construction equipment, heavy equipment parts, trainers and simulators, tools and other training materials and resources.
Assists with identifying strategies and tactics for schools to recruit and retain post-secondary students; and heavy equipment distributors to recruit and retain post-secondary graduates.
Article Date: 05-02-2012
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