Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College announced a new partnership with agriculture equipment giant, Mazergroup, to bring new skills training for technicians of New Holland equipment.
“Training and education that meets the unique needs of our partners in industry are critical to the success of the college,” said ACC president, Mark Frison. “This program not only benefits the students and Mazergroup dealers, but the training our instructors receive in preparation helps them to keep abreast with the industry’s latest advances and apply this knowledge to other programs we offer.”
The New Holland technician program will be offered at the college’s Len Evans Centre for Trades and Technology with the first 12 students beginning classes April 13.
Three ACC instructors who received specialized training in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Dakota will teach the course that complements the college’s existing agricultural equipment technician apprenticeship program.
“Our agriculture-focused graduates are very high in demand,” said Rick Gray, chairperson of ACC’s school of business, agriculture and environment. “Many of them have jobs lined up prior to graduating and sometimes within their first year in a program.”
The Mazergroup was established in 1959 and is now the largest privately owned and operated New Holland dealership complex in North America with 13 locations across Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan.
The two-week program will allow students to retain the accredited standards New Holland requires of its technicians.
“Mazergroup, along with its main equipment supplier, New Holland NA, is always striving to serve its customers with the highest level of support from extensively trained Mazergroup staff,” said Bob Mazer, president and CEO of Mazergroup. “This program partnership with ACC is another step in seeking the very best in customer service through technicians specifically trained on the latest technology provided by New Holland. The first intake will be the first step in a lengthy and productive relationship between ACC, New Holland and Mazergroup.”
The program will focus on customer relations, report writing and technical training on latest equipment and systems used in service and repair, including inspection, diagnosis and repair of round balers, connecting laptops to equipment to retrieve service information and part orientation and ordering.
The first intake of students is all current employees of Mazergroup from dealerships throughout Manitoba and southeast Saskatchewan.