KENOSHA, Wis.--April 19, 2013: Snap-on's commitment to technical education and training remains high in 2013 as it continues working with trade schools to develop content that augments their course curriculum. The result is that more than 70 technical schools from across the country now offer specialized Snap-on Certifications in disciplines like torque, diagnostics and vehicle information systems. These innovative new certification programs enable students to broaden their technical skills when enhancing their employability.
“Snap-on has developed several certification courses that both give students a competitive edge in the skills and knowledge they learn, and also best position them for success as they enter the workforce. We look forward to enhancing our partnership with technical schools to facilitate these courses.”
The goal of the Snap-on Education Program is to leverage more than 90 years of industry knowledge and tool expertise, developing product certification courses that serve as a significant enhancement to the curricula currently taught in today's technical classrooms. These certification courses place emphasis on tool use, theory and application -- three areas that make students more well-rounded, skilled and proficient on the job. The certifications are not an add-on, but rather are integrated into the existing courses offered by partnering schools.
"Education has been, and will continue to be, a primary focus for Snap-on in 2013 and beyond," said Andy Ginger, president, Snap-on Industrial. "Snap-on has developed several certification courses that both give students a competitive edge in the skills and knowledge they learn, and also best position them for success as they enter the workforce. We look forward to enhancing our partnership with technical schools to facilitate these courses."
But the difference is the specific knowledge and training required for certification. For example, technicians completing the torque certification course take their skill and motivation to the next level in fully understanding the intricacies of torque. Being certified in torque gives technicians and their employers the added training and awareness that will pay dividends down the road in higher equipment uptime and reduced maintenance costs.
The goal for specialized curricula and certifications is to provide conformity and an across-the-board standard for technical schools to teach instruction on the three areas of tool use, theory and application. The certification training is a collaborative effort between Snap-on and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), which is a network of education partners and corporations that supports advances in workforce skills in the transportation, aviation, manufacturing and energy sectors. Snap-on certifications are currently offered in the following areas:
- Automotive Scanner Diagnostics
- Mechanical and Electrical Torque
- Diesel Scanner Diagnostics
- Wheel Service
- Asset Management (Foreign Object Damage and Tool Control)
- Horticulture (to be released soon)
- Building Performance (to be released soon)
Technical school instructors benefit from a partnership with Snap-on as they have an opportunity to learn the latest advancements in tool technology and stay abreast of maintenance issues affecting their areas of expertise by attending training seminars at Snap-on's Kenosha, Wis., facilities. And the technical school benefits by being able to offer program courses that best train students to become tomorrow's professional technicians.