Training Opportunities Lead to Business Growth in the Utility Field

What do you do when your complex fleet vehicles need a repair? That’s a question that becomes more difficult to answer as vehicles continue to advance with more technology and specialized equipment. Having a team of technicians who can understand the intricacies of an evolving vocational fleet is vital to keeping your vehicles o the road, but what’s even more important is having a fleet policy in place that adapts to the changing times.

ARI’s Vice President of Global Strategic Services Charlie Guthro spoke with Utility Fleet Professional magazine to discuss  the importance of investing in training fleet technicians. In the article, Charlie broke down the elements of technical fleet training, including studying utility considerations like booms, cranes, cameras, and sensors; all parts of a utility vehicle that require attention and care to keep your fleet on the road working for you.

Charlie said that developing internal training is the best resource to give fleet technicians to help them keep pace with rapidly expanding in-vehicle technology and specialized equipment, especially as outsourcing fleet repairs becomes more difficult. Developing an in-house training program helps you build a solid and dedicated team, which in turn leads to employee retention and a growth in resources available on the spot.

Charlie pointed out the importance of networking in education, as you can take advantage of training programs during conferences like The Work Truck Show and Truck Product Conference, two large annual conferences that bring together utility professionals for educational and networking opportunities. For many, they can be a strong place to gain insight in a specific industry or pull from other types of business for training opportunities.

Charlie also spoke to the mechanic shortage, an issue impacting North America as well as other countries worldwide. Charlie stressed the importance of mechanic retention and support through recruitment and training.

How does your industry affect the developmental opportunities available to your utility fleet? Check out our industries page to see how we approach a variety of working trades.