The John Deere Construction & Forestry Technician program is building careers and bridging the skilled labor gap.
Life's a journey for young adults. A guaranteed job and clear career path are luxuries the average college student today can only dream about. But for the graduates of various CF TECH programs, they're almost always part of the deal.
CF Tech is a two-year hands-on technical program that prepares men and women to become job-ready technicians, while simultaneously helping dealers combat the shortage of skilled labor. This partnership between John Deere, Deere dealerships, and participating technical schools is offered at numerous locations around the country. As students acquire the base knowledge needed to understand hydraulic and electric principles, they simultaneously put that knowledge to work on actual John Deere equipment, both at the school and in the dealership.
As you'll hear from the participants below, the end goal for most is more than a certificate — it's a full-time job with excellent growth potential.
"It's a career partnership. We set the program up like a regular workday so we can seamlessly merge the students into the workforce. We start at eight in the morning, the students clock in, are given their assignments and receive guidance, work on John Deere equipment and with Deere software, and clock out at four. We try to make the curriculum, routine, and atmosphere just like it is at the dealership."
Southeast Community College; Milford, NE
"Our transitions from class to lab are really well done because we work on whatever we studied that day. So, if we're studying valves in the classroom, we get to come out and actually tear apart a valve to see the internals and how everything works. It's great because once you see how the part works, how it moves and shifts, it's a lot easier to fix it when the time comes."
Linn-Benton Community College; Lebanon, OR
"The benefits of the program to Murphy Tractor are that the students come out with very in-depth knowledge and training in John Deere products, and we are able to place them in Capstone programs and have them certified in product groups very quickly. The training time on our part is cut drastically."
Area Project Support Manager, Murphy Tractor; Lincoln and Grand Island, NE
"Being where I am today from the CF TECH program has been incredible. It's allowed me and my family some stability in life, not having to worry so much. It's such a good opportunity to know John Deere is everywhere, and if I need to find work, I can stay with Papé or go to another John Deere dealership and apply the same knowledge and training. It's been a lot of hard work but definitely worth it."
Linn-Benton Community College; Field Service Technician, Papé Machinery