The AED Foundation

The AED Foundation (AEDF) is committed to accrediting 100 college programs by 2024, working consistently with schools to provide this highly respected distinction. This is one component of the Foundation's Vision 2024 goal, which aims to reduce the workforce shortage by building a strong pipeline of qualified technicians entering the equipment industry.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has put many of the nation's activities and events on hold, The AED Foundation (AEDF) perseveres as it continues to meet its Vision 2024 goals. Through the pandemic, AEDF has adapted to continue to fit the needs of students and schools across the country to help students graduate from AEDF's recognized high school programs.

Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) promoted Liz McCabe to vice president of education and programs. "I am pleased to announce the promotion of Liz McCabe to the position of vice president of education and programs," said AED President and CEO Brian McGuire.

The AED Foundation (AEDF) has developed a plan to stimulate growth in the industry and address the technician shortage, titled Vision 2024. Goals of this plan include: 100 Accredited College Programs 50 Recognized High School Programs 10,000 Skilled Technicians Entering the Workforce 500 Certified Managers 10,000 Tests Administered 5,000 Certified Technicians Vision 2024 is a call to action for high school students and established industry technicians alike to develop skills through AEDF recognized programs and certifications.

The AED Foundation (AEDF) announced the recognition of the Heavy Equipment Technology Program at Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) located in Charlotte, Mich. "We are pleased that Eaton RESA has chosen to demonstrate its commitment to academic excellence and continuous improvement through the process of recognition," said Jason Blake, AED Foundation executive vice president and COO.

LBX has received the AED Foundation Champion Award, presented by the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) on Jan. 14. Presented since 2017, the award is in recognition of distinguished service of a manufacturer or service provider who has offered significant contributions to the workforce goals of The AED Foundation.

Liebherr USA Co. 's construction equipment division is the 2020 recipient of the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation Partner Award. First presented in 2017, the award recognizes the distinguished service of a manufacturer or service provider that has offered significant contributions to the professional education goals of the AED Foundation.

The AED Foundation has certified more than 500 diesel equipment technicians in 2019 through its Certified Technician Program. Since the program was launched in 2018, the Foundation has certified more than 900 technicians. The Certified Technician Program is the only non-OEM technician certification program specifically for the construction equipment industry.

Stephenson Equipment's President and CEO Bob Criste announced the promotion of Jeff Tulish to vice president of the Philadelphia region of the company. Tulish began working for SEI in 2010, but has worked his way up in the equipment dealership industry exclusively for 22 years.

Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) recently hired Cory Hayes as vice president of operations for The AED Foundation. The AED board of directors has recommended an effort to aggressively increase focus on the workforce skills gap challenge facing the industry.

The AED Foundation announced Oct. 3, that their new Diesel Equipment Technician Certification is now available. AED Senior Vice President Jason Blake made the announcement at the AED-EDA Workforce Development Summit in New Orleans. Since 1997, The AED Foundation has developed and revised core construction equipment technical standards that cover the six key areas of diesel engines, hydraulics and hydrostatics, electric and electronics, power trains, air conditioning and heating and safety and administration.