We don’t have dormitories, student unions, or a sports stadium, but we do have a rigorous curriculum and the skilled, motivated students you’d expect to find on any college campus. In the world of generator knowledge, our training programs are so thorough we decided to give them a proper name…
We named our internal training programs at CD & Power “Tall Bald Guy University” as a tribute to our founder, Chuck Uischner, a gifted diesel mechanic who launched the business in 1985.
Chuck was a big guy. Everything about him was big, even his big-hearted handshake. As old pros at CD & Power tell it, it would start with his right hand swooping down from on high to a warm and unforgettable handshake. Chuck surrounded himself with motivated people who wanted to grow with him. From the get-go, Chuck supported continuing education programs on the installation, maintenance, service, repair and safe operation of diesel engines and generators.
Information lies at the core of what we offer customers, information formed over decades of learning, experiencing, problem-solving and mastering the operation of industrial generators and engines. It is manifest in the A-Team of men and women we field today. But, what about tomorrow? That question led us to our commitment to education and to the TBGU mission.
The TBGU mission is to stream into the work force, highly trained and tested men and women who will help protect CD & Power’s competitive edge in the twenty-first century and beyond.
The TBGU Curriculum
The TBGU curriculum grew out of the Generator Genius training program we established for our work force. The program spans four tracks of study including:
- Fire Truck
Generator Graduation Requirements
An overview of one track, the Generator Graduate Requirements, will give you some measure of the deep dive a four year program takes.
- Freshman Year: Forklift, Towing, Electrical Safety, Loadbank Review, and engine certifications offered by companies such as Honda and Isuzu; as well as Industrial Generator certifications.
- Sophomore Year: Instruction in Generator Hour Tracking, ATS Hours, Maintenance Procedures. Online certification programs offered by Cummins and Kohler are included.
- Junior Year: intensive internal interface with Senior Tech staff as well as EGSA certification.
- Senior Year: Advanced diagnostics of diesel engines including reviews of electrical, air and exhaust, fuel, emissions control and all the integral components that ensure safe and effective generator power.
Our graduates will continue to grow their skills as they meet real life problems under the leadership of our field supervisors. Similar levels of complexity mark the academic tracks pursued in the Truck, Administration and Fire Truck curricula.
Each CD & Power student who successfully completes the four-year program earns a special, all expenses paid vacation.
If you are a mechanic looking to work in the industrial generator field and a position opens up here, the opportunity to “matriculate” at TBGU could launch a rewarding career.
In addition, our “Generator Genius” program, consisting of videos encompassing the ABCs of industrial generator operation, maintenance and safety, is a powerful tool you can use. It’s free to all. Check it out at https://www.gotpower.com/generators/generator-genius/