AED’s workforce development approach is a “community-based, school-to-work” model. Research shows that many students want to:
- a.) attend a college near to home, and
- b.) work near home when they graduate.
The parents, school counselors and decision-influencers that mostly affect the decision to become an equipment technician are largely local influencers. In turn, AED feels that the most effective recruitment campaigns focus on local task forces pooling efforts and resources toward a common goal: student recruitment. On this page you will find a variety of tools and resources to assist in those recruitment efforts.
The AED Foundation’s 2016 Workforce Survey Report
The Equipment Industry Technician Shortage: Causes, Impacts and Policy Recommendations
A College of William & Mary Research Study Commissioned by The AED Foundation
There is a skills gap that has profound impacts on businesses, with a variety of factors contributing to its existence. Combating the skills gap involves improving visibility in high schools, developing partnerships amongst stakeholders and improving workforce development programs.
Student Career Information Center
Refer students who are exploring career options to this URL: http://www.aedfoundation.org/careers.
Here are suggestions and information for exploring careers as Dealer Equipment Technicians, including downloadable PDFs.
Service Technician Position Description
For the recruitment of high-school and post-secondary students into a technician career path:
Pre-Employment Technical Assessments
AED Technical Assessments can help you assess core technical knowledge of technician applicants, or areas where additional training may be needed.
AED Equipment Technician Career Path Poster
Refer students who are exploring career options to this “picture” of opportunities for technicians.
This poster gives students a good visual of the career opportunities for dealer equipment technicians. Use in student recruitment efforts: send to schools and high school counselors; refer to it when you talk with students. When you download the poster, you will want to print it in color on 11 X 17 paper.
Student Recruitment Brochures – Two Versions
Color PDF file downloads; just take the electronic files to your local printing shop.
Recruitment Guidebook for AED Member Dealers
Guidebook to help develop local strategies and tactics that are effective in recruiting young people/students for careers as equipment technicians.
Student Recruitment Program Activity Scorecards
Rate your strategies and tactics in the area of student recruitment; get ideas for new initiatives.
Questions for Interviewing Technician Job Applicants
Resource for you to help assess such concerns as: work ethic, ability to work as part of the team, personal characteristics, receptivity to supervision, career goals, and employment history. Note: Your company is solely responsible for ensuring that any job interview questions that you use are in accordance with federal and state law, including EEOC regulations.
AED Accreditation Benefits for Technical College Diesel/Equipment Programs
Why should equipment dealers and technical schools work toward AED Accreditation? This one-page summary gives 12 good reasons.
National Equipment Industry Technical Standards
AED Foundation Publication: “Standards for Construction Equipment Technology,” developed by the industry. This is an ongoing initiative sponsored by the AED Foundation Technical Training Committee.
“Top 10” Lists – Recruiting Entry-Level Technicians
Reference tools for local recruitment efforts:
Dealer Employment and Loan Scholarship Repayment Agreement Form
Agreement defining both Dealer and Student obligations as to educational assistance provided by Dealers.
Dealer/Student – Technical School Internship Agreement Form
Agreement defining dealer, student and school obligations as to student internships at equipment dealers.
Note pertaining to the above two Agreement forms:
It is your responsibility to consult with an attorney or other expert knowledgeable in the laws of the applicable jurisdiction and the specific intended use of that information and/or those documents. You understand that information and/or documents available from this Web site are general in nature, and are not based on the laws of any specific state or other jurisdiction.
Employment Guide and Resource Links
U.S. Department of Labor Employment Law Guide
A free publication that assists businesses to understand their rights and responsibilities under major Federal employment laws.
OSHA Small Business Handbook
A guide to meeting legal requirements for compliance as specified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The Drug-Free Workplace Program Builder
The Drug-Free Workplace Program Builder is a unique tool provided by the U.S. Department of Labor to assist you in customizing a program that reflects the needs of your individual company. You will be provided with information that helps you choose among various options as you go through the process.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Federal government information is provided: rules and regulations, safety and security, facts and research, federal contacts, and registration and licensing. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is focused on reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.