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.
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.
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.
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.
You'll need to decide which type of equipment you want to work on and then check out that program's page. There, you will find information and resources about each sponsoring dealership and school, including their geographic locations and contact information. With programs across the country, we are sure you will be able to find a program match.
Check out the Ag & Turf technician program.
Check out the Construction & Forestry technician program.
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.
You'll need to decide which type of equipment you want to work on and follow the directions on that program page.
Ag & Turf technician program
Construction & Forestry technician program
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.
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.
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.
Your sponsoring dealership will offer you a job as a shop or field technician, ready to see your experience and knowledge put to action.
Each dealership has its own requirements. Ask for more details when applying for a sponsorship.