Peterbilt has announced a new partnership with Lincoln Educational Services Corporation (Lincoln Tech), one of America’s most established technical schools, to offer the Peterbilt Technician Institute (PTI) program at its Nashville, Tenn., location to prepare students for a lucrative and fulfilling career as a Peterbilt service technician.
“Peterbilt’s PTI program was developed specifically to prepare the next generation of service technicians. This partnership ensures students will receive best-in-class training, obtain valuable certifications and be placed in technician positions at Peterbilt dealerships earning a competitive salary and the opportunity to build a meaningful, long-term career,” says Jason Skoog, Paccar vice president and Peterbilt general manager.
Lincoln Tech, a national leader in specialized technical training for more than 75 years, offers a diesel training program at its historic Nashville campus that will enable PTI students to build additional skills using Peterbilt-specific equipment and technologies, the company says.
“Establishing PTI in Nashville opens a new geographical territory where we can develop highly skilled technicians to support Peterbilt customers,” says Casey Spadafina, Peterbilt’s technician program manager for North America. Spadafina notes this is the third site nationwide for PTI training, following locations in Chicago and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“We’re honored to have the chance to support Peterbilt in their effort to build a first-class diesel technician workforce,” says Susan English, Lincoln Tech’s senior vice president for Career Services and Industry Partnerships. “The partnership with Peterbilt opens an incredible number of doors for our graduates.”
The PTI curriculum provides graduates of Lincoln Tech’s Auto, Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology programs advanced training on systems ranging from fuel and electrical to HVAC, suspensions and brakes. Peterbilt says students are exposed to a three-part learning approach that includes hands-on training to build experience and working knowledge of Peterbilt trucks, a classroom session approach to build teamwork and communication skills and a web-based skill-building activities approach to incorporate technology into learning.
Upon completion of the advanced diesel program, Peterbilt says students will have earned nine factory-trained technician credentials, which can help fast-track them to careers at more than 420 Peterbilt dealerships across the US and Canada. The program is scheduled to begin this summer.
Peterbilt’s goal is to double the number of technicians in its dealer network within five years. Interested students can learn more about the PTI program by visiting https://peterbilt.tech/institute.html.