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Aggregate Service Technician

Aggregate Service Technician Certification

Why It All Started

Agg ST Cert thumb We started the Aggregate Service Technician Certification Apprenticeship Program to fill the need for industry-trained, qualified Aggregate Service Technicians at our dealership locations. This is a highly-skilled career path, where on-the-job experience has traditionally been the method to acquire these skills. We are changing that.

In the upper Midwest, there hasn’t been a post-secondary educational venue to teach the Aggregate Service Technician skills. These include diesel and electrical power sources, hydraulics, welding, equipment maintenance, industry specific componentry, trouble shooting and diagnostics. We believe that both education and real-life experience set people up for greater success. Thus, the launch of our program.

The Goal

The goal of this program is to use a combination of On-the-Job Training (OJT), coupled with mentoring under the guidance of experienced Aggregate Technicians and Supervisors, and Related Instruction (RI) through correspondence courses (selfstudy) through ApprenticeND, seminars, factory trainings and other venues determined by the company. Classes will focus on the various skills needed for the typical Aggregate Service Technician. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the Apprentice will receive the Aggregate Service Technician Certification from the Department of Labor.

The Logistics

  • High School Graduate or GED is required. Military or civilian industry experience would be a benefit, but not required.
  • Industry experience is also a bonus and will be reviewed to determine how applicable experience can translate into study credit in this program.
  • The program will take approximately 36 months to complete, which will include 6,000 hours of OJT, supplemented by 432 hours of Related Instruction.
  • Starting pay to be within the Apprentice Pay Scale based on experience.

 

The Curriculum

  • Please refer to the Work Process Schedule section for full classroom details.
  • Related Instruction will comprise of correspondence courses (self-study), seminars, factory training, and more.

Apprentice is eligible for company benefits package.

Apprentices will be paired with experienced General Equipment & Supplies employees and supervisors who have at least three years of experience in the given field in which they are mentoring.

Work Process Schedule

The Aggregate Service Technician Certification Apprenticeship Program is divided into eight areas of study. Each element of study provides OJT experiences coupled with related instruction through correspondence courses, seminars, factory trainings, and other training events. Once completed, the Apprentice will have the confidence to work into any area of the Aggregate Service Department operations.

The Apprentice will need to complete 6,000 hours of combined OJT and 432 hours of Related Instruction over a 3-year timeframe. A brief overview of the breakdown of OJT and RI are outlined below and continued on the back page. Accommodations will be made to alternate between OJT and RI.

  • Industry Specific Knowledge
    • Introduction to business service work order software
    • Introduction to equipment set up and function
    • Manufacturer-specific application review
    • Understanding printed and on-line reference material
    • Introduction to our products and terminology
    • Application safety practices and MSHA (New Miner) Certification
    • Customer relations training
    • Total OJT training activity = 1,000 hours
  • Aggregate Screens (Inclined & Flat)
    • Application and production theory
    • Adjustments and timing
    • Drive options
    • Screen repair and screen cloth replacement
    • Maintenance and servicing
    • Total OJT training activity = 1,000 hours
  • Conveyor and Components
    • Review of conveyor components
    • Conveyor sizing and production capacities
    • Conveyor drive mechanisms and their maintenance
    • Conveyor belt replacement and types of belting
    • Conveyor set up and operation
    • Conveyor repair and troubleshooting
    • Total OJT training activity = 1,500 hours
  • Compression Crushers (Jaws & Cones)
    • Review types and sizes of compression crushers
    • Crusher sizing and production capacities
    • Crusher wear parts - measurement and replacement
    • Crusher drive components and sizing
    • Maintenance and repairs
    • Diagnostic troubleshooting
    • Crusher set up and operation
    • Total OJT training activity = 1,000 hours
  • Impact Crushers (Horizontal & Vertical Shaft)
    • Review the types and sizes of impact crushers
    • Crusher sizing and production capacities
    • Crusher wear parts - measurement and replacement
    • Crusher drive components and sizing
    • Maintenance and repairs
    • Diagnostic troubleshooting
    • Crusher set up and operation
    • Total OJT training activity = 500 hours
  • Mobile Track Crushing & Screening Equipment
    • Review types and sizes of mobile crushers
    • Crusher sizing and production capacities
    • Crusher wear parts - measurement and replacement
    • Crusher drive components and sizing
    • Maintenance and repairs
    • Diagnostic troubleshooting
  • Aggregate Washing Equipment
    • Review types and sizes of aggregate washing equipment
    • Identify the components used in aggregate washing and processing
    • Washing equipment sizing and various power sources
    • Maintenance and repairs
    • Diagnostic troubleshooting
    • Total OJT training activity = 500 hours
  • Power Systems (Diesel, Electric & Controls)
    • Review types and sizes of power sources in aggregate processing application
    • Generator sizing and production capacities
    • Motor sizing and production capacities
    • Power systems component identification
    • Maintenance and repairs
    • Diagnostic troubleshooting
    • Generator set up and operation
    • Various types of control systems and their function
    • Operational safety process
    • Total OJT training activity = 500 hours

 

*Hours within each category may fluctuate depending on availability of equipment training opportunities.

Related Instruction (432 hours minimum over the 3-year period; 144 hours per year):

  • Correspondence Courses include:
    • safety and health (SA-HT)
    • industrial rigging
    • practical math (MA-TH)
    • welding skills (WE-WS)
    • aggregate production (CT-AP)
    • mobile heavy equipment (HE-HE)
    • diesel technology (HE-DT)
    • hydraulics for mobile equipment (HE-HY)
  • Other Related Instruction Training will include, but not limited to:
    • Computer Training - Microsoft Excel, Word, Business System Training
    • MSHA Certification - 3 Day New Miner and Annual Refresher
    • Factory Trainings
    • Customer Service
    • Public Speaking

Total Apprenticeship Program = 6,000 hours

*Credit may be granted for previous work experience and/or related instruction to the Aggregate Industry.