Volvo Trucks North America is providing free 90-day eLearning for high school and secondary technical education students interested in diesel technician training, but due to the limitations created by COVID-19, it cannot participate in hands-on courses.
“Training skilled, professional diesel technicians is a crucial component of uptime, especially with the demands currently being placed on the trucking industry as a result of COVID-19,” said Leanne Fitzpatrick, strategic programs manager, Volvo Trucks Academy. “It is important for Volvo Trucks to continue to provide educational opportunities for students during this difficult time.”
With stay-at-home and social distancing mandates in place during the pandemic, students do not currently have access to learning in a typical classroom setting. The Volvo Trucks Academy is providing interested students with free 90-day access to a portion of the Technical Education Support (TES) online training and resources currently available to Volvo Trucks diesel technicians. Training will cover an array of topics including engines, transmissions, and other components.
The TES90 online courses will be offered through local dealerships, which have relationships with eligible schools interested in enrolling. Program availability and training content will be provided by the dealer and accessed through the Trucks Customer Portal. For more information, interested parties should contact their local Volvo Trucks dealer.
“This program will help equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as future diesel technicians and we are proud of the efforts put forth from our team here at Volvo Trucks Academy and our dealer network to be nimble and switch gears to offer online education during these extraordinary time,” said Fitzpatrick. “And, through this online training along with our other Academy educational opportunities, we are establishing and cultivating relationships with future truck technicians, supporting them in starting their career and filling the need for trained service professionals familiar with our truck models, which directly contributes to our customers’ uptime.”