Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) on April 6 opened a new $6.4 million technician training center at the company’s North American headquarters in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
Scheduled to open in early 2023, the world-class facility will host in-person and virtual training classes for heavy equipment technicians, according to a company press release.
The training center will be an extension of the 40-acre Volvo CE Customer Center and include new machine bays, classrooms, a virtual lab with video, augmented reality and other technology.
Training opportunities will be primarily aimed at Volvo dealership technicians and will include technical courses on equipment, as well as technology and services such as machine control systems and advanced telematics. There will also be training and demonstrations on electrical machinery, automation and connectivity.
State-of-the-art technology played a role in the groundbreaking ceremony with a Volvo ECR25 Electric Compact Excavator officially inaugurating the project. The first North American deliveries of the zero-emission electric shovel and L25 Electric Compact Wheel Loader are slated for release this spring and will soon be working on construction sites, farms and in other applications.
Elected officials welcome the project
In addition to supporting Volvo CE dealers and customers, the $6.4 million training center is an investment in the Pennsylvania economy.
“I congratulate Volvo CE on the grand opening of its brand new North American Technician Training Center,” said US Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. “Not only does this project provide advanced opportunities for Volvo’s workforce and customers, it demonstrates the company’s continued investment in Pennsylvania and the local community of Shippensburg.”
US Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania was also on hand to offer his thanks and congratulations.
“Volvo employs thousands of Pennsylvanians, many in high-paying manufacturing jobs,” Casey said. “This center shows Volvo’s commitment to investing in its employees by providing them with the skills and training needed to succeed at Volvo.
Pennsylvania District 13 Representative Dr. John Joyce said the project showed his district was “open for business.”
“This $6.4 million expansion of the Volvo CE Customer Center will be a huge asset to the Shippensburg community,” he added. “After visiting this incredible facility, I appreciate Volvo’s commitment to Franklin and Cumberland counties, and I am confident this facility will continue to produce family jobs for decades to come.
Design and construction work is being led by several Pennsylvania firms: Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc. will design the site, and NUTEC and Waynesboro Construction will team up for architecture and engineering.
“Technicians are critical to the success of contractors, supporting their productivity and availability, and it’s well known that the construction industry needs more skilled technicians,” said Stephen Roy, president of Volvo CE Region North America. “Our investment in this facility shows our commitment to supporting our dealers and customers, and the future of the industry.”