ISSUE DATE: 11/21/2011
By Larry Dreiling
While new technologies abound in the latest agricultural equipment, the number of people to service that equipment and directly assist producers in how to use and maintain that equipment is scarce compared to the demand.
Job openings for skilled technicians are plentiful.
"Go into the help wanted pages of any publication, or onto any corporate website or an aggregator like agcareers.com, and you'll see hundreds of jobs requiring technical training," said Don Benjamin, dean of the Hays Campus of North Central Kansas Technical College.
The need for trained technical staff in maintenance, service and parts management, technical marketing and sales, as well as post-sales equipment owner orientation and education has never been greater.
In rural America, technical training and rural people to fill all those roles previously mentioned seem to make a good match.
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