Wacker Neuson created a Technical Academy "to ensure contractors are up to date on the latest industry processes and techninques," according to a statement by the light-equipment manufacturer. The company has been training dealers in a dedicated training facility that includes indoor space for pouring and finishing concrete at its headquarters in Menomonee Falls, Wis., for many years, but the academy will raise the training to a more sophisticated level and welcome customers.
The first curriculum will be a two-day prep course including classroom and hands-on training on Constructing Specialty Commercial/Industrial Concrete Floors. It will be conducted by 17-time Golden Trowel Award winner Bryan Birdwell, who will join the academy to teach contractors his best practices. Birdwell is an examiner of ACI Specialty Commercial/Industrial Concrete Flatwork Finisher/Technician Certification Program and has assisted with the ACI performance exams at the last two World of Concrete events.
Wacker Neuson says it will expand its curriculum to include academy sessions on compaction and concrete consolidation techniques.