Volvo Trucks Expands Advanced Diesel Technician Training
July 16, 2018
Trucks North America is expanding its focus on training skilled
professional vehicle service technicians through expansion of the Diesel
Advanced Technology Education (DATE) program. Beginning in early 2019,
Volvo will partner with three colleges in Florida, Ohio and Texas.
The DATE for Volvo Trucks curriculum will be taught by dedicated
Volvo-certified instructors at Jones Technical Institute in
Jacksonville, Florida; the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima,
Ohio; and Western Technical College in El Paso, Texas. DATE program
graduates will receive an associate’s degree in diesel mechanics and a
certification from the DATE program. They will be prepared for immediate
employment at any of more than 400 Volvo dealerships across Volvo’s
North American dealer network.
The 500-hour DATE program will train students to work on Volvo trucks,
including electrical and electronic systems, software and engine
diagnosis and repair, chassis components, and Volvo powertrains.
“The DATE program provides students with the education and skills needed
to excel in a career that’s increasingly in demand,” said Matt Flynn,
director of Volvo Trucks Academy. “Graduates of the program will be
ready for a technician career in our dealer network, equipped with
hands-on maintenance and repair training to service the advanced modern
truck technologies delivering unprecedented efficiency, performance and
The American Trucking Associations’ American Transportation Research
Institute (ATRI) reported in October 2017 that the trucking industry
will require an estimated 67,000 new technicians and 75,000 new diesel
engine specialists by 2022.
Volvo Trucks is furthering its focus on training professional vehicle
service technicians through expansion of the Diesel Advanced Technology
Education (DATE) program, partnering with technical colleges in Florida,
Ohio and Texas beginning in early 2019.
Trucks provides complete transport solutions for professional and
demanding customers, offering a full range of medium to heavy duty
trucks. Customer support is secured via a global network of 2,100
dealers and workshops in more than 130 countries. Volvo trucks are
assembled in 16 countries across the globe. In 2017, more than 112,000
Volvo trucks were delivered worldwide. Volvo Trucks is part of Volvo
Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and
construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also
provides solutions for financing and service. Volvo Trucks’ work is
based on the core values of quality, safety and environmental care.