Genie Offers Free Online Service Training to Community Colleges and Aspiring Techs | Construction News

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According to upcoming changes to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA), only a qualified person should inspect and maintain mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) -- more commonly called aerial work platforms in North America -- in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

To help meet demand for the next generation of aerial lift service technicians in the rental industry, Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) is offering free enrollment in Genie Tech Pro Online Service Training to community colleges and 500 aspiring aerial lift technicians in North America.

Genie Tech Pro classes address service, maintenance, repairs, diagnostics, and troubleshooting for boom lifts, scissor lifts, and telehandlers.

This initiative is part of the Genie brand’s 50th anniversary activities aimed at “Building the Future” by increasing skilled service technicians in the rental profession.

“The need for properly trained service technicians to work on, repair and maintain aerial rental equipment continues to increase as the market demand for this type of equipment grows,” says Bob Bartley, Genie senior director of product support and reconditioning, Terex AWP. “A trained technician not only knows how to read the equipment schematics and how to do the repair correctly but also knows how to get the repair done in the least amount of time, with a minimal amount of parts expense. This results in less downtime for the machine and a higher return on investment for the company. Service technicians trained to work on aerial lift equipment are in high demand and can find meaningful employment opportunities in the aerial and rental industries.”

Genie Tech Pro Online Service Training teaches new service technicians about basic aerial-lift equipment technologies, including electrical systems, hydraulics, machine inspections, and control systems.

It also offers intermediate and advanced courses about servicing boom lifts, scissor lifts, and telehandlers.

Participants who successfully complete Genie Tech Pro training will know how to calibrate, adjust, and troubleshoot with the aid of tools such as schematics, service manuals, laptop or tabletop computer, and connection software.

“The long-term benefit of training service technicians is that these participants are gaining the knowledge they need to be able to work on aerial lift equipment fleets early in their professional careers,” says Bartley. “From a prospective manager's or employer’s perspective, this has a real impact on the rental company’s bottom line — because machines that are properly maintained and in good working order are machines that are making money for the business. This means that trained service technicians will realize an increase of job opportunities in the aerial and rental industries from successfully completing technical training courses, including the Genie Tech Pro program.”

Genie offers fleet customers a wide range of training resources to operate, sell and/or maintain Genie aerial equipment to its full potential. For more information about Genie training programs, including Genie Tech Pro Online Service Training, visit www.genielift.com/en/service-support/training/index.htm.

To register for free access to the Genie Tech Pro Online Service Training program, students, service technicians and institutions can email Genie at AWP.training@terex.com.