Utah Equipment Dealer Association boosts student-outreach efforts

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The Utah Equipment Dealer Association (UEDA) is boosting its efforts to prepare students to enter the workforce, especially with students at Salt Lake Community College.

One goal the association has is to establish a pathway to achieving AED accreditation for the Utah college’s Diesel Systems Technology program. With that goal in mind, UEDA and several other representatives from Salt Lake City dealerships recently met with Salt Lake Community College officials to further discuss the AED accreditation process.

“The biggest thing is the shortage of techs in our industry,” UEDA President Ryan May 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 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 said.

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