DCTC Partnering with Loram on MJSP Grant

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$150,009 in funds for two-year customized training program

Located in Hamel, Minn., Loram Maintenance of Way specializes in railway track maintenance both as a manufacturer of state-of-the art equipment and as a service contractor. Over the course of two years, Dakota County Technical College will work with Loram to customize courses focusing on electrical, mechanical/welding, hydraulics and painting thanks to a $105,009 grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership program. Ninety-three Loram employees will upgrade their skill range through courses such as:

  • AC/DC Electricity
  • Controls/PLCs
  • Lifting and Rigging
  • Fasteners
  • Hydraulics Systems

Training will increase opportunities for employees wishing to scale the career ladder at the company. Training will also help Loram increase efficiency, profitability and competitiveness. DCTC will update existing curriculum as the college builds a relationship with Loram that will increase the company’s capacity to work with comparable companies.

DCTC Customized Training Director of Manufacturing and Railroad Larry Raddatz, MJSP Executive Director Paul Moe, DCTC President Ronald E. Thomas, Ph.D.The grant narrative had this to say about Loram and its industry:

“The railway track maintenance industry is a big-dollar business dominated by just a handful of highly specialized firms. In North America, where railroads spend well over $6 billion a year maintaining their track, one of the largest companies of the industry is Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc. Founded in 1954, Loram Maintenance of Way started out as a small operation having just a handful of employees and a product line consisting of two simple machines. In the many years since that unpretentious beginning, the company has become one of the leading suppliers of track maintenance machinery and services in North America.”

The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership program works “strategically with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities, and keep high-quality jobs in the state.” Training grants offset training-related expenses incurred by business, industry and educational institutions in the quest to meet every requirement of present and future workforces.

For more information about this grant and DCTC Customized Training in general, contact:
  • Larry Raddatz
    Director of Manufacturing and Railroad
    Dakota County Technical College
    651-423-8276
Or visit: Continuing Education & Customized Training

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