Volvo Trucks Continues to Invest in Service Technician Training

Volvo Trucks in North America is pleased to announce Zachary Ramirez, a student enrolled in WyoTech’s Diesel Advanced Technology Education (DATE) for Volvo Trucks program in Blairsville, Pa., as the recipient of an $8,700 Volvo Trucks DATE scholarship. Volvo Trucks’ focus on technician training has also led to a 2013 Excellence in Learning Award from the Brandon Hall Group, which awarded Volvo Trucks Academy for its VistaTech service technician certification program.

DATE for Volvo Trucks Scholarship
Ramirez, who is originally from Texas, is already seeing the benefits of being enrolled in the DATE program.  “I have gone through several rounds of interviews for a position as a technician with a Volvo Trucks dealer in Texas,” he said.  “I’m very excited about this opportunity, and I feel that being a student in the DATE program is already helping me get my foot in the door.” 

The DATE program’s comprehensive curriculum complements WyoTech’s core Diesel Technology training programs to help prepare graduates for entry-level positions servicing and repairing Volvo trucks. Students enrolled in the program receive specialized training on Volvo engines, electronics, emissions, powertrain and chassis components. DATE is designed to produce advanced apprentice technicians with a potential for an accelerated path in the VistaTech program.

“We’re proud to help support technician education and recognize the valuable role expert Volvo technicians play in the success of our products and dealer network,” said Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing.

2013 Excellence in Learning Award
Brandon Hall Group, a leading research and analyst organization focused on learning development, recently presented Volvo Trucks Academy with top honors at its 2013 Learning Awards. Volvo Trucks Academy, which provides Volvo Trucks sales, aftermarket and technician training, was recognized for its VistaTech service technician certification program.

Through VistaTech, Volvo technicians complete instructor-led and web-based training courses to develop their skills and attain advanced certification levels as they work toward becoming a Volvo master technician. The VistaTech certification program continues to bolster the number of Volvo master technicians in the Volvo Trucks dealer network.

Zachary Ramirez

Zachary Ramirez, a student enrolled in WyoTech’s Diesel Advanced Technology Education (DATE) for Volvo Trucks program in Blairsville, Pa., recently received an $8,700 Volvo Trucks DATE scholarship.

Zachary Ramirez

Volvo Trucks North America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values: Quality, Safety and Environmental Care. The Volvo VNM, VNL, VNX, VHD and VAH trucks are assembled in the United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Maryland. The New River Valley Plant is certified to ISO50001 energy standards. Both plants are certified to ISO14001 environmental and ISO9001 quality standards.

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs about 115,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2012, the Volvo Group’s sales amounted to $45 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo shares are listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and are traded OTC in the U.S. For more information, please visit or if you are using your mobile phone.

December 17, 2013