Earn your associate degree as a sponsored student with a job waiting upon graduation
OSU Institute of Technology offers the leading industrial and farm equipment degree program sponsored by the Western Equipment Dealers Association. The purpose of the program is to upgrade the technical competency and professional level of incoming industrial and farm equipment service technicians.
Those selected to be in the two-year Western Equipment Dealers Association Technician Training program will spend half their time on campus for technical instruction on current products and equipment learning the latest diagnostic and service procedures. The rest of the time will be spent getting real-world on-the-job training at WEDA-member dealerships.
Students in the program will now be learning and training in a newly renovated 7,550 square-foot space, more than doubling the amount of lab space previously used. The larger space offers a more controlled environment for students and instructors to facilitate better learning.
Faculty offices are now located in the same area as the classroom and lab, and there’s more computer lab space within the classroom.
Access to computers and advanced technology has become vital to the curriculum and training in the WEDA program. Farm and industrial equipment has advanced to utilize computer programs and GPS applications so these machines can almost run themselves in fields and on farms. The days of your grandfather’s tractors are nearly over, so technicians tasked with maintaining and repairing these pieces of equipment need highly-skilled and technical training.
Graduates with an Associate in Applied Science in Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA) Technician are prepared to enter the workforce as trained service technicians who can diagnose problems and perform factory recommended service procedures in order to maintain high customer service satisfaction.
The program also enables graduates to understand new systems and components as they are introduced as well as advance within the business after additional experience. With dealerships across the country, a career as a farm and industrial equipment technician can take students anywhere.
Originally the SouthWestern Association Industrial & Farm Equipment Program, OSU Institute of Technology now offers the Western Equipment Dealers Association Technician Training Program after a merger of the SouthWestern Association with a similar association in Canada in September 2014 and formed the new Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA).
The SouthWestern Association (SWA) was established in 1889 by a group of independent hardware and farm equipment and mercantile dealers to help increase profitability and solve common problems. While the Association’s scope of interest has evolved over time, the basic concept of working together for the common good remains the same.
Earn a Paycheck While Earning a Degree
The majority of degree programs require an internship as part of the curriculum. You won’t just gain experience and knowledge while on internship, but will be paid for your time working there as well.
Have a Job Before Graduation
With a sponsorship from a company, you know exactly where you’ll be working the Monday after you walk across the graduation stage.
Learn from the Experts
Our instructors have extensive real-world experience and teach current best practices based on industry standards.
Save Big on Tuition
At just $5,800, tuition at OSUIT is about half the in-state tuition for most state universities.
High Graduate Satisfaction
In surveys and social media, our graduates consistently report high levels of satisfaction with their education and its impact on their careers.
Financial Aid Options
Student financial aid awards depend upon two factors: financial need and availability of funds. To determine need, applicant financial circumstances are evaluated. Various federal and state-funded financial aid programs are available to students enrolled in a degree program at OSUIT.
Talk to an enrollment advisor today. We can tell you how many of your previously earned credits will apply, how the program will fit into your lifestyle, how much the program will cost, what options are available for financing and financial aid and just how soon you can expect to graduate.
Founded in 1946, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology is a recognized leader in applied technology education and is known for world-class teaching facilities, partnerships with industry and a nearly 100 percent career placement rate.
OSUIT programs of study are approved by the Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Oklahoma State Accrediting Agency. OSUIT, a public state-supported institution, has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1975.