Navistar launches technology apprenticeship and donates equipment


Navistar has announced the implementation of its International IC truck and bus Uptime Academy, a period of 12 months technician apprenticeship program which offers practical and paid training in a real environment.

The new program presents a unique approach to technician training, ranging from a 90-day dealership rotation to on-the-job assignments. Students work with several types of vehicles, including electric and fuel cell technologies. In addition to 3,200 hours of on-the-job training, students receive 800 hours of instruction and lab work, a journeyman toolkit, laptop and Navistar mentor, according to the company.

“With the technician shortage at an all-time high, this is the perfect opportunity for potential future technicians to get their feet in the water and gain work experience for the largest commercial vehicle service network. country, ”said Ana Salcido, Technician Recruitment Manager, Navistar. “Uptime Academy offers the advantage of working closely with new technologies, sending technicians into industry prepared for what is to come. “

West Michigan International Service Director Jason Carley oversees Uptime Academy apprentice Andrew Langeland and his tech mentor Jay Schick. Carley has seen first-hand the knowledge and skills Langeland has acquired and sees him as a great asset to the Western Michigan International service center.

“We are very pleased with the opportunities offered by Uptime Academy to help Andrew become a certified master technician within our department,” says Carley. “Communication with the academy team has been instrumental and they continue to support and provide the appropriate resources to make this program possible. We are already seeing positive results and are excited about the future opportunities. “

Langeland, Uptime Academy apprentice, says, “Uptime Academy helps me by applying the skills I learned in the classroom to the real world with mentors who are committed to my career success. Not only am I dealer sponsored and my tuition covered, but I also have the great benefit of getting paid while I learn.

To further aid in the training of technicians, resellers across the United States have donated equipment to local colleges and tech programs as part of the TECH EmPOWERment initiative. The program provides accredited technical schools with equipment, real-world advisory board, and perspectives for aspiring technicians.

Recent donations from international truck dealers include:

  • San Jacinto College in Houston by Kyrish Truck Centers
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Memphis, Tennessee, by Landmark Trucks
  • Laramie County Community College in Laramie, Wyo., By McCandless International of Cheyenne
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin by Mid-State Truck Service Inc.
  • Wexford Missaukee Quarry Technical Center in Cadillac, Michigan, by Zeremba Equipment Inc.
  • Johnsburg High School in Johnsburg, Illinois, by Huntley’s Rush Truck Center
  • Oconee Fall Line Technical College in Sandersville, GA by Macon’s Rush Truck Center
  • Central Georgia Technical College in Macon, Georgia, by Macon Rush Truck Center


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