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54 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | July 2015 >> PERSPECTIVE technicians to consider the trade for a career. But he notes, times have changed and the demands are greater, calling for bright, educated individuals willing to keep learning. "ese two are a great example of the type of person that we are looking for in our industry," says Fischer. "Back when I was in school you either got into trades or you went onto college. Nowadays, with all the electronics out there, it is hard to find people who want to do this kind of work. When you are looking to fill mechanic positions now, you are not only looking for an employee that can turn a wrench, and has to be open to learning electronics with it. at is a huge growing part of this industry." Fischer stated, "When you look at the technicians that are coming out of schools now, they need to be certified or have a degree to make an impact in this field. e days of coming out of school and turning nuts and bolts are over. ere is so much more to this field." "ere are a lot of opportunities," says Kosanke. "It's great money. Today the complexities of these systems are getting intense. More and more people are rely- ing on dealers for service. e technology is getting so great that you need special tools and special training, which Miller Bradford provides to their technicians." But the industry still struggles to attract high-quality candidates, states Mary Beth Yeager, Human Resources Director at Miller-Bradford & Risberg. "Over the years, the trades have gotten a bad rap," says Yeager. "Statistics have shown our technicians are earning equal to or greater than graduates with a 4-year degree. ey are learning technical skills as well as highly complex electrical schematics that compare to engineers. I think as employers we need to continue to work on breaking that barrier down, and change the opinion of our industry." LORI TOBIAS is is a journalist of more than 25 years, and currently freelances for numerous publications from her home on the Oregon Coast. Her experience includes 10 years writing for the The Oregonian and several years at the Rocky Mountain News where she was a columnist and features writer. She shares her home with her husband Chan and rescue pup Mugsy. Pictured: Trevor Kosanke, a field service technician for Miller-Bradford & Risberg ("A Technician Perspective" continued from page 52)

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