Schaumburg, IL (March 28, 2022) The AED Foundation (AEDF) is pleased to announce the accreditation of the Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA) Technician program at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. This program is one of AEDF’s flagship colleges and serves a wide region throughout the Southeast.
“We are pleased that OSU Institute of Technology continues to demonstrate its commitment to academic excellence and continuous improvement through the process of accreditation,” stated The AED Foundation President Brian McGuire. “Your accreditation signifies to equipment industry stakeholders that your school continues to meet rigorous industry-specific national equipment technical standards. It further signifies to current and prospective students that your program provides the best in diesel-equipment technical education as defined by the industry it serves.”
OSU Institute of Technology’s WEDA Technician program is the third program at OSUIT to be accredited by The AED Foundation. The term of AEDF accreditation is five years, starting this month and going through March of 2027. The AED Foundation is dedicated to developing and improving heavy equipment industry partnerships that meet the mutual needs of local dealers, manufacturers, and technical colleges. The AED Foundation is proud to be affiliated with OSU Institute of Technology through this accreditation and is committed to the program’s ongoing success.
“As a ’Charter’ member of the AEDF accredited schools, we are extremely excited to reaffirm that once again, OSUIT’s program outcomes live up to AEDF standards,” stated Terryl Lindsey, dean of the School of Transportation & Heavy Equipment at OSUIT. “Our sponsoring companies have come to expect quality in the future technicians we teach, and these standards are our guiding path. Our program at OSUIT is unique; all our students are hired by WEDA members before they even come to us. In addition, our paid internships re-enforce the learning they received while on campus.”
About Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
OSU Institute of Technology is Oklahoma’s only university of applied technology, offering accelerated bachelor of technology and associate degree programs that meet global workforce demands. OSUIT is known for its high academic standards, world-class laboratory environments, reciprocal partnerships with business and industry, and top career placement rates in the region. For more information about OSUIT, call 918.293.4680 or 1.800.722.4471, or visit the web at www.osuit.edu.
Established in 1919, Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) is an international trade association based in Schaumburg, IL, representing over 700 equipment distributors, manufacturers, and industry-service firms nationwide. AED members sell, service and rent equipment to such markets as heavy and light construction, mining, agriculture, forestry, aggregates, engines and industrial.
Established in 1991 and directed by AED members, The AED Foundation (AEDF) addresses professional education and workforce development in the industry. This includes AEDF Accreditation of diesel-equipment technology college programs and AEDF Recognition of secondary diesel programs.