JLG Industries last week said it will supply three aerial work platforms to the FABTECH Service Technician Education Center in Oshkosh, Wis. FABTECH is an innovative new partnership between Fox Valley Technical College and FABCO Equipment Inc., the Caterpillar dealer for Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, and is located in the hometown of JLG’s parent company, Oshkosh Truck Corp.
According to Robert Bailey, FABCO’s human resource manager and one of the principal architects of the program, JLG’s participation is of significant value to the program. “FABCO’s 13 Cat Rental Store branches offer an extensive fleet of JLG equipment and having competent technicians on staff to maintain this equipment is key to our success,” said Bailey.
JLG is providing an electric-powered scissorlift, a gasoline-powered rough-terrain scissorlift and a diesel-powered boom lift that will be used to teach students enrolled in the FABTECH program. JLG will also supply components used for disassembly and reassembly, on site support by a JLG trainer and course material.
The FABTECH program provides a certificate series of courses focused on developing entry-level technicians in the construction equipment, engine and electric power-generation fields. The rental service technician career track includes extensive hands-on experience with aerial equipment. These are accredited programs that will provide students with opportunities to be on-the-job in less than a year.
Students who successfully finish one of the four different career tracks in the FABTECH program will receive a certificate of completion and can apply the credits earned toward an associate degree in selected fields. They also will have the opportunity to be employed at one of FABCO’s 23 facilities.