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John Deere Announces New Registered Apprenticeship Program

Program will help address service technician labor shortage across the U.S.

John Deere has received approval from the U.S. Department of Labor for its new Registered Apprenticeship Program and is making it available to its Agriculture & Turf and Construction & Forestry dealers. The program will help address a widespread shortage of service technicians, especially in rural areas across the country, by providing dealers with a formalized, on-the-job and technical training plan to help them develop more highly skilled employees.

“The new Registered Apprenticeship Program John Deere Announces New Registered Apprenticeship Programcomplements our existing John Deere TECH program,” said Grant Suhre, director, region 4 customer and product support for John Deere Ag & Turf. “In addition to the on-the-job training experience, an apprentice will receive technical instruction and be assigned a personal mentor as a part of the highly organized training structure. Upon completion of the apprenticeship, he or she will receive a nationally recognized journey worker certificate.”

Through participation in the apprenticeship program, dealers formally commit to developing additional talent in an earn-while-you-learn program. Participating apprentice benefits from structured, on-the-job training in partnership with an experienced mentor. As training progresses, apprentices are rewarded for new skills acquired.

According to Tim Worthington, manager, customer support for the John Deere Construction and Forestry Division, participating dealerships will see numerous benefits.

“Because of the earn-while-you-learn nature of the program, it will help dealers more easily recruit new employees and further develop a highly skilled workforce,” Worthington said. “This can improve a dealer’s productivity and profit potential as employee turnover costs are reduced and employees are retained longer. In addition, John Deere customers benefit from access to more highly skilled dealer personnel who are servicing or supporting their equipment.”

John Deere dealers can collaborate with any number of local organizations as part of the Registered Apprenticeship Program. These organizations include, but are not limited to, the John Deere TECH Program, K-12 schools, community colleges, labor organizations, economic development groups, foundations, and workforce development boards.

John Deere dealers who wish to participate can receive support and technical assistance from John Deere and JFF (Jobs For the Future, a US Department of Labor intermediary), who will expedite the registration process with their state or federal apprenticeship agency. After registering, dealers can immediately enter employees into the Agriculture Equipment Technician or Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic programs. In addition, they can select other occupations for the apprentice program, including sales professionals, parts professionals, accountants or many other occupations and develop appropriate work processes for those jobs. Next, dealers will identify master-level employees who are capable of and willing to mentor apprentices. Finally, dealers will identify potential candidates or incumbent workers who would benefit from the apprenticeship program and enroll them.

When apprentices participate, they track and report their on-the-job learning and technical training time in conjunction with their employer. The dealer’s program administrator then inputs this data into the appropriate state or federal database. To ensure high standards are maintained, dealers are required to follow specific guidelines, developed over years of apprenticeship experience, after they are registered.

To simplify participation for its dealers, John Deere created national guideline standards for the Registered Apprenticeship Program, which have been shared with its dealer channel and is providing technical assistance to dealers interested in participating. “These guidelines provide a consistent apprenticeship program template that any dealer can implement if they participate,” Suhre explained. Dealers can utilize these national guideline standards to have a program approved and operating in a very short timeframe.

For more information about the John Deere Registered Apprenticeship Program, please visit your local John Deere dealer.

About Deere & Company

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.

John Deere Construction and Forestry Division Announces John Deere Connected Support™

 

Designed to improve customer service and machine monitoring, John Deere announced the new John Deere Connected Support™. Enabled through the JDLink™telematics connection, John Deere Connected Support leverages a suite of dealer and factory tools to deliver increased productivity, uptime, and lower daily operating costs.

“With John Deere Connected Support, dealers take a proactive approach, efficiently improving service and the customer experience,” said Jim Wagner, manager, connected support. “Dealers remotely monitor machines, leveraging two key tools – Service ADVISOR™ Remote and Expert Alerts – which provides them with the information needed to act quickly to avoid or reduce machine downtime. This strategy was designed to ensure John Deere machines are kept in peak operating condition, resulting in increased productivity.”

A key to the Connected support offering is Service ADVISOR Remote, which allows the dealer to diagnosis and repairs a problem from a remote location. The dealer is able to analyze machine conditions in real time or set a trigger point to record intermittent conditions, providing a deep look into the machine’s health. Additionally, the remote diagnostic capabilities can reduce troubleshooting time and eliminate a trip to the machine.

Another supporting feature is Expert Alerts, created by John Deere machine health analysts monitoring fleetwide machine data to identify emerging trends. Working directly with the factory product teams, John Deere is able to develop solutions used by John Deere dealers and technicians to repair machines onsite. Expert Alerts also equip technicians with the information needed to bring the right part the first time so machines are back on the job as quickly as possible.

John Deere Connected Support creates a partnership between the John Deere dealer and factory teams that work tirelessly to monitor equipment, improving uptime. This allows machines to become more profitable and reduces potential delays to construction project schedules.

To learn more about John Deere Connected Support, visit www.JohnDeere.comor contact your local dealer.

About Deere & Company

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.

World of Concrete Celebrates 10-Year High

John Deere and Wacker Neuson Enter Into Strategic Supplier Agreement for Compact Excavators

As demand for John Deere construction equipment increases around the globe, the Moline-based manufacturer is entering into a strategic supplier agreement with Wacker Neuson to initially provide compact excavators in China, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. The models will range from 1.7-7.5 tons (1700-7500 kg) and are specifically designed and manufactured for customers in the growing Asia-Pacific marketplace.  The objective of the partnership is long-term collaboration in key growth markets.

“In partnering with Wacker Neuson, John Deere is leveraging the experience and success of their innovative and strongly customer-focused products to help us further develop our position in the Asia-Pacific region,” said David Thorne, senior vice president, sales & marketing, John Deere and Wacker Neuson Enter Into Strategic Supplier Agreement for Compact Excavators. “These excavators are purpose-built to meet the demands of customers, and will be John Deere branded and sold through John Deere dealers.”

While both companies are committed to long-term strategic collaboration, the agreement will run for five years and can be extended in five-year increments. The initial rollout of four compact excavator models will begin in early 2019, and will predominantly be sourced from the new Wacker Neuson factory in Pinghu, China. Service and support of these machines will be offered through the John Deere dealer network.

The Wacker Neuson Group is an international family of companies headquartered in Munich, Germany. As a leading manufacturer of light and compact equipment globally, they have over 50 affiliates and 140 sales and service stations.

Dig. Lift. Carry. Updates to John Deere L-Series Backhoes Simplify Operation

Updates to the John Deere L-Series backhoe lineup enhance the productivity and uptime for professionals looking to lift more and multitask on the job site. The key backhoe updates include the introduction of precision mode, enhanced pilot controllers, two new rear quick coupler offerings and a redesigned hydraulic thumb.

“Our L-Series lineup is popular among utility contractors in the Americas, and we’re constantly working with fleet managers, owners and operators to make machine tweaks with a focus on increasing productivity and uptime,” said Brian Hennings, product marketing manager, backhoes loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “These backhoes can do multiple jobs, and now was the perfect time to make a few updates to improve the overall operator experience after launching these versatile machines two years ago.”

As a new standard feature on the 310SL HL, 410L and 710L, precision mode allows reduced-speed hydraulic functions while operating the backhoe end of the machine — all with the push of a button on the Sealed Switch Module (SSM). The mode allows accurate, detailed work to be performed easily in tight areas, around utilities or while craning, and it helps new operators become comfortable with the backhoe as they master their operating skills.

John Deere also improved the pilot controller — increasing the metering range by 16 percent — which enhances operator feel at the control helm. Additionally, engineers enhanced consistency between functions (acceleration and deceleration) for smoother operation and reduced system oscillation.

The new rear hydraulic coupler was designed with an integrated control that is incorporated into the SSM for reliable operation and clean installation. A spring-type rear coupler is also new and offers increased productivity and uptime by only requiring the operator to leave the cab once during the process of changing buckets. The only tool required is the provided control rod, which is sized to fit in the standard toolbox. By only leaving the cab to release the current attachment, the operator is able to get back to work faster and easier than with traditional manual couplers.

A redesigned hydraulic thumb option reduces trench interference and improves contact points against the bucket cutting edge when handling or loading irregular shaped objects, debris, rocks or anything that cannot be handled with a bucket alone.

Fleet managers looking to get the most out of their L-Series backhoes can rely on their John Deere dealers to provide Ultimate Uptime, featuring John Deere WorkSight. With Ultimate Uptime, owners receive predelivery and follow-up inspections that include five years of JDLink™ telematics, machine health prognostics, remote diagnostics, programming capabilities and the ability to add dealer-provided uptime solutions to a customized package.

For additional information and model-specific specifications on the L-Series, visit www.JohnDeere.com or contact your local dealer.