ORLANDO, Fla. (March 5, 2004) —The Tire Industry Association is working to create an Earthmover Tire Service (ETS) training program for off-the-road tire dealers in conjunction with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
“The goal here is that we create a certification program that will be recognized by MSHA as the standard for training in mining operations,” Kevin Rohlwing, TIA's senior vice president of education and technical services, told Tire Business.
Mr. Rohlwing, who announced the program Feb. 28 at TIA's OTR Conference, told Tire Business TIA hopes to present a course outline by the 2005 OTR Conference. After ETS is rolled out, TIA will then work on developing similar training programs called Farm Tire Service (FTS) and Industrial Tire Service (ITS).
“The goal of the (TIA) training and education committee is to develop a program for every job description in a dealership so that every person in a dealership from the front counter to the back of the shop has a training program to help them do their job,” Mr. Rohlwing said.
ETS will follow the same “train the trainer” model currently used in TIA's Commercial Tire Service (CTS) and Automotive Tire Service (ATS) programs, according to Mr. Rohlwing. The program will consist of two levels of training:
* Basic ETS, which will teach minimum skills to technicians who service OTR tire and wheel assemblies. It will include a self-study program that can be conducted in-house and can include an Internet component if the industry feels it's necessary.
* Certified ETS, a more advanced course offering a hands-on certification where technicians and instructors must demonstrate the ability to service tires and wheels. The program, designed to satisfy Part 46 and Part 48 MSHA training requirements, will include a proctored exam developed by industry experts.
TIA will begin discussions with the tire manufacturers and suppliers to develop a preliminary course outline, then meet with MSHA to review the outline, Mr. Rohlwing said. The outline will be reviewed by focus groups, then the association will move to establish a development budget and raise the necessary funds for development.