SOURCE: Wirtgen | April 3, 2021
On the Wirtgen America Campus just south of Nashville, TN is a world class training facility for the road construction and minerals processing industry. The Wirtgen America Center for Training and Technology (CTT) is a 38,000 square foot facility, consisting of seven classrooms, two laboratories, two 50 seat lecture halls, all equipped with state-of-the-art technology to enhance the learning environment. Add this to four dedicted shop bays for hands on learning, a 7,300 square foot conference hall and a cafe capable of seating 180 visitors to create a facility that is second to none in the industry. All this sits adjacent to a five acre demonstration area equipped with the latest equipment from Wirtgen, Vogele, Hamm and Kleemann.
But as impressive as the facility is, it’s what goes on inside that makes it really special. A dedicated staff of instructors and specialists offer over 200 classes focused on operator training, equipment maintenance, application training and much more. Over 3000 students a year take classes to improve their ability to support our industry. Jim McEvoy, President of Wirtgen America states „As the unparalleled innovation and technology leader in road construction and mineral technologies, Wirtgen America considers it our role and responsibility to invest in improving our industry through education.” Dillon Witczak, with Roland Machinery summed it up by saying, “You won’t believe it until you see it, and you sure won’t be disappointed. You’re going to learn so much here at the CTT. The trainers are great, and the facility is impressive. You’re not just going to become a smarter technician here, you’re going to feel more confident and sure about what you’re working on too.”
The CTT consists of a four-pillar strategy to training. Service training was the core and the primary reason for its establishment in 2002. In the road construction and minerals processing industry, our equipment is only as good as the service our extensive dealer network can provide. This is why Wirtgen America invests so heavily in the service technicians that our customers rely on. Second, our customers demand sales professionals that understand their business and applications, so the very best equipment advice can be offered to address their challenges. Sales training on all the product technology and industry applications, from basic to advanced are supported by dedicated CTT instructors. Third, is development training for individuals interested in the trades. Wirtgen America actively recruits, educates and inspires the workforce of tomorrow our industry so desperately needs. In association with local high schools and universities, a class of The Road Building Equipment Service Technician (R-Best) candidates is selected annually and given the necessary tools and instruction to succeed in the heavy equipment industry. Finally, is the thought leadership imparted by Wirtgen America application specialists and industry associates to support the continued growth of innovation and technology in the road construction and mineral processing sectors. Wirtgen Group has committed to keeping cutting edge thinking in front of association members and partnering in their success. Jim McEvoy best sums it up by saying, “We call this a training center, but to me, this is a learning environment.”
We encourage you to learn more from our Center for Training and Technology brochure located on our website.
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