Utah Equipment Dealer Association wants college's program AED-certified

The Utah Equipment Dealer Association (UEDA) is placing a greater focus on preparing students to enter the workforce, and the group is working with Salt Lake Community College to establish a pathway to achieving AED accreditation for the Utah college’s Diesel Systems Technology program.

“The biggest thing is the shortage of techs in our industry,” Ryan May, president of UEDA, said. “Even through the different cycles, the highs and lows, we’ve never had a time — at least in my history — that we’ve had too many techs."

May said that trying other methods to put more trained technicians in the field, such as formal education, rather than hiring untrained, unskilled technicians and providing them with on-the-job training, as has been the standard in the past, will go a long way toward plugging the shortage.

“It is just not the tech-school part of it; the reason we are teaming up with them is because they are building a new facility and they are ramping up their end of it,” May, who is also president of Century Equipment Co., said.

And with that goal in mind, UEDA and several other representatives from dealerships in the greater Salt Lake City area met recently with Salt Lake Community College officials to further discuss the AED accreditation process.

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