Last year, Peterbilt, a group of its dealerships and WyoTech began the Peterbilt Specialized Training course, which will be renamed the Advanced Truck class and previously was open only to students who were sponsored by a Peterbilt dealership. To date, the program has produced 29 new service technicians. However, opening enrollment to other students could mean as many as 120 graduates per year, according to Marlowe Jones, director of industry development at WyoTech.
“By opening the course up to all of our students who qualify, we will be able to create a larger pool of highly trained entry-level mechanics,” said Jones.
The program mixes classroom lectures and hands-on training using Peterbilt trucks. As part of the course work, students learn how to use Peterbilt computer-based service programs, including ServiceNet, an electronic library
of technical information, E-Cat, an electronic parts catalog, and the diagnostic, programming and troubleshooting programs of the engine manufacturers. Classes are taught by instructors who have been schooled by Peterbilt factory personnel.