Are there any prerequisites?
The program requires you have a high school diploma or equivalent, register for and meeting all college entrance requirements, and find a John Deere dealership to sponsor you.
What types of courses will I take?
Classes teach the operational concepts of diesel engines, power trains, brakes, electrical and hydraulic systems, shop procedures and safety, and general education instruction. Courses also concentrate on the specific John Deere product line, as well as engine tune-up and troubleshooting, hydrostatic transmissions, and failure analysis.
What background do the instructors have?
The instructors in the program are experienced teachers who know Deere equipment and technology inside and out. They are deeply knowledgeable and passionate about providing students the tools and skills they need to launch a successful career.
Are there paid internship opportunities?
Each dealer and school program is different, but there are paid internship and part-time work opportunities available. Hands-on experience is a crucial component of the programs, providing the on-the-job skills necessary for a successful career.
How do I find a dealership to sponsor me?
What is the cost? What kinds of scholarship or tuition help is available?
Cost varies by school, as do the scholarships and financial assistance available. John Deere dealerships often offer financial support to students in the program. Financial aid counselors at each of the schools will be able to walk you through additional available options.
How do I start the application process?
When will I start working on equipment?
Some dealers have you in the shop nearly every other semester while others require you spend the summer working with their experienced technicians. Be certain to ask how your sponsoring dealer handles your on-the-job training.
What’s the on-the-job training like?
Your on-the-job training will be tailored to the needs of your sponsoring dealer's clients. You will benefit from side-by-side mentoring as you gain real experience.
Why is hands-on experience important?
Classroom knowledge is best supported with real hands-on experience. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that career opportunities for those with formal training in this industry are "excellent" and that those without such training will face competition.
Is there a commitment to stay with my sponsoring dealership?
Each dealership has its own requirements. Ask for more details when applying for a sponsorship.