Originally posted on media.rrc.ca
Today, all six students enrolled in a specialized 12-week trucks mechanics and technology course will walk out the doors at Red River College and into a new career as certified technicians for Peterbilt.
Today’s graduates were the result of the newly established Peterbilt Training Institute (PTI) that was created in partnership with Red River College earlier this year. PTI is a manufacturer-paid training program that is offered to graduates from RRC’s Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic program, and to those interested in advancing their skills to become certified Peterbilt technicians.
For Alexandra Pratt, one of today’s six graduates, the experience means getting her foot in the door of a great career.
“It’s an amazing opportunity to get started in a career with such a well-known and reputable company. I learned so much through this program, and would recommend it to anyone looking to start a career with the Peterbilt family,” she said.
The six students took the driver’s seat by being the first group to complete this comprehensive training program at the College, earning 10 key Peterbilt Certifications which will be used towards their Peterbilt Master Technician designation as part of their career path at Peterbilt.
This new program allowed the students to gain experience in all aspects of the work done at a Peterbilt dealership. Peterbilt Motors Company supplied the curriculum, laptops for the students, three trucks, two engines and specialized tools to help ensure the students’ success in becoming confident in their skills and career-ready by the end of the 12-week session. Peterbilt also trained RRC instructors to deliver the program at the College.
“Red River College is built on supporting the backbone of not only Manitoba’s economy, but many important sectors all across the country and throughout North America. This new partnership with Peterbilt was a perfect fit when it came to accessing our expertise and state-of-the-art facilities to offer this first of its kind program in Canada for Peterbilt,” said Arnold Boldt, executive director, Academic at Red River College.
The program was delivered by RRC Heavy Equipment Instructors, Randy Zyzniewski and Perry McMahon, who provided the necessary expertise and industry-related experience to ensure that the students not only successfully completed this new program, but ensured they were prepared to meet exceed the standards of Peterbilt.
While the trucking and transportation industry plays a big part in driving Canada’s economy — with more than 25,000 people employed in Manitoba alone — RRC’s experience delivering industry-specific training programs made it an ideal choice when Peterbilt began exploring options for their Canadian dealerships and employees.
With the success of this inaugural program in Canada, RRC and Peterbilt anticipate ongoing interest and increased enrolment in the next two sessions that are scheduled for March and June of 2018.
The graduating students are:
• Scott Anis
• Carl Fabros
• Graham Fidler
• Erik Horne
• Alexandra Pratt
• Seth Taveras