Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) broke ground April 6 on a new $6.4 million technician training center at the company’s North American headquarters in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Scheduled to open in early 2023, the world-class facility will host in-person and virtual training courses for heavy equipment technicians.
“Technicians are critical to contractors’ success, supporting their productivity and uptime, and it’s well known that the construction industry needs more skilled technicians,” said Stephen Roy, President of Region North America, Volvo CE. “Our investment in this facility shows our commitment to supporting our dealers and customers, as well as the future of the industry.”
Next-gen technician training
The training facility will be an extension of the 40-acre Volvo CE Customer Center and include new machine bays, classrooms and a virtual lab with video, augmented reality and other technologies.
Training opportunities will primarily be for Volvo dealer technicians and will include technical courses on equipment as well as technology and services like machine control systems and advanced telematics. There will also be training and demonstrations on electric machines, automation and connectivity.
Advanced technology played a role in Wednesday’s ceremony, with a Volvo ECR25 Electric compact excavator officially breaking ground on the project. The first North American deliveries of the zero-emission electric excavator and L25 Electric compact wheel loader are occurring this spring and will soon be working on construction jobsites, farms and in many other applications.
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