Travis Long, a veteran service technician for Murphy Tractor and Equipment Company, was one of two inaugural graduates to receive “Master Technician” certification from the Wirtgen Group, a John Deere Company. In order to achieve this certification, Long successfully completed five weeks of in-person fundamental training at the Wirtgen Center for Training and Technology in Nashville, and completed over 200 hours of additional technical training.
The inception of the certified technician program through the Wirtgen Group was a short 18 months prior to Long’s graduation.
“We are very pleased to have Murphy Tractor be one of our select distribution partners to participate in and have one of their employees, Travis Long, complete the full Master Technician course requirements," Jan Schmidt, vice president of Product Support at Wirtgen America says. "He is one of two inaugural graduates in what we anticipate to be a long standing elite program, showing the commitment and understanding of the unique requirements necessary to support Wirtgen Group customers with our distribution partner’s fullest capabilities."
Doug Jacobson, Wirtgen product support manager for Murphy Tractor, indicated that this certification provides additional value to the Murphy Tractor customers who own Wirtgen Group Equipment. Jacobson also recognized the commitment and time required to reach this level of certification.
“Travis’ hard work and training paid off as he tied with another technician to become the first Wirtgen Master technician in the United States," Jacobson says. "This is no small achievement; it required extensive travel, training, and long hours of work to reach this milestone certification. I as well as all his peers at Murphy Tractor congratulate him for this well deserved accreditation.”
Murphy Tractor and Equipment is one of the largest John Deere Construction and Forestry dealers in North America. Established in 1982, they operate 30 locations in six states and their corporate headquarters is located in Park City, Kansas.