Foundation Addressing Critical Industry Issues

By Bob Decker, AEMP Foundation Chairman | September 28, 2010

The AEMP Foundation has quietly been working to address a crucial issue facing the industry: the technician shortage. Thanks to the generous support of donors, large and small, we have officially reached critical mass.

The trustees, recognizing the importance of this issue, have attacked the challenge on a number of levels.

As asset-management professionals, we know that our most valuable resource is of the human variety. That's why the Foundation sponsors the national Technician of the Year Award (ToY). With the assistance of companies such as John Deere and QUALCOMM, AEMP and the Foundation celebrate the efforts and achievements of the best of the best in the private and public sectors. Nominees are judged based on their skill sets in occupational and environmental safety, the use of technology, innovation and initiative, technical proficiency, a willingness to continue their education, being customer centric, ethics and community service. Clearly, we are seeking well-rounded individuals who have succeeded in their chosen profession.

It is the goal of the Foundation to bring awareness to the industry and public on this vital role. You can do your part by recognizing your best technicians and submitting them as nominees. I encourage you to go to and become a part of raising this awareness.

This fall, the Foundation awarded its first two-year technician scholarships to high school graduates. Some member companies have agreed to “endow” a scholarship, providing a multiyear commitment to the Foundation for funding. I encourage you to consider contributions to the Foundation for this purpose.

It is a goal of the Foundation to have dozens of students in the scholarship program before the end of this decade. Won't you help? Contact Foundation Executive Director Stan Orr, CAE at, or (970) 384-0510.

In 2006, the Foundation developed a Technician Recruitment Guide. This comprehensive resource can assist you and your industry in meeting future needs. Contact us for a copy.

Each year, numerous AEMP members make voluntary contributions when submitting dues renewals. Additionally, companies such as International Truck and Engine, Iron Planet, John Deere, QUALCOMM, PJ Dick/Trumbull and others made generous donations in 2007 that provided much needed seed money. The Trustees are grateful, but we need even more support if we are to continue to build to the future. I hope you will be a part of our future success.