Industry Partner Spotlight: Terex Corporation

Global manufacturer donates $150,000 in equipment to HCET program

Terex Corporation, a global manufacturer of lifting and material processing products, recently donated $150,000 in equipment to the Heavy Construction Equipment Technology (HCET) program at Dakota County Technical College.

HCET students with Terex donation

Jeff Borchardt serves as HCET faculty at the college. Jeff welcomed the Terex donation, which includes two 2018 6.7 Cummings engines with full Tier 4 Final exhaust aftertreatment. Tier 4 Final ranks as the strictest EPA emissions requirement for off-highway diesel engines.

“The Cummings engines represent the newest technology HCET features in our labs,” Jeff said. “Terex also donated ten complete axles from their mobile cranes.”

Lacy Juarez serves as a talent acquisition specialist for Terex Aerial Work Platforms-Utilities based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Lacy worked with DCTC and the HCET program to facilitate the equipment donation.

Lacy Juarez

“One of the great things about working for Terex is the commitment across the company to our core values, including Citizenship,” Lacy said. “This equipment donation was a great opportunity to demonstrate Citizenship by giving back while also supporting the future of our industry.”

Lacy explained that Terex anticipates growth throughout its service center locations over the next several years, and that she is excited that her role allows her to share her passion for the Company, as well as her dedication to connecting students with career opportunities.

“I was so excited to connect with Jeff Borchardt and talk about ways Terex could contribute to the future of the students at DCTC,” Lacy said. “I realized that one way we could support the HCET program was through donation of some of our obsolete material. These items can offer such a great opportunity for students to get their hands on the type of equipment our service team sees at the shop and out in the field, preparing them to enter into a fantastic career path.”

Terex donation shipment gallery

More about Terex…¹

In 2019, Terex Corporation reported $4.35 billion in consolidated net sales. Sold worldwide, Terex products, including aerial work platforms and telehandlers, utilities industry equipment, materials processing machinery, and tower and rough terrain cranes, are used in construction, maintenance, manufacturing, energy, minerals and materials management applications.

With origins dating back to 1933, Terex was first listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1991. Coined in 1970, the name “Terex” stems from the Latin words terra, meaning earth, and rex, meaning king. Learn more by visiting Terex History and Timeline.

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More about HCET at DCTC…

The Heavy Construction Equipment Technology (HCET) program at DCTC prepares students to succeed as well-trained, mechanically minded, hardworking technicians employed at heavy equipment dealers and contractors. Instruction involves classroom theory and live shop demonstrations along with diagnosis and repair of heavy equipment currently used in the industry. Coursework emphasizes working on actual equipment because hands-on learning is a vital component of skill development.

“Our program is making a great transition to meet the needs of our students,” said Jeff Borchardt, HCET faculty. “We are remodeling our educational goals and reorganizing our labs. The program is decluttering and restructuring with an emphasis on continually improving a clean and clear technical pathway to career excellence.”

Jeff reported that industry partner donations are crucial to upholding the program and college’s flagship mission: Education for Employment.

“Without the donations like the one from Terex, we would not have the capital to make the purchases we need to stay at the forefront of emerging technologies,” he said. “Our success depends on great students willing to study and work hard at a topflight school equipped with the newest technology on the market.

“Our students leave our labs each day bringing their newfound knowledge to their internships, where they continue to hone their skill sets working alongside journeywomen and journeymen. The collaborative relationship we have with our industry partners an essential part of making sure our graduates flourish on the job.”

HCET gallery

More about Jeff Borchardt…

Jeff Borchardt

Jeff began teaching at DCTC in January 2016 as a first-year instructor in the college’s Heavy Duty Truck Technology program. In 2017, he accepted a second-year instructor position in the HCET program.

Jeff graduated from Prior Lake High School, Class of 1997. He went on to earn a welding degree as a PSEO student at Hennepin Technical College.

In 1999, Jeff graduated from the DCTC Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic program. Nine years later in 2008, he started working for the DCTC Truck Driver Training program as the fleet mechanic. He transferred to the DCTC operations staff in 2011 as the school’s fleet manager and mechanic.

Jeff is DOT certified, 609 A/C certified, and ASE certified in Heavy Duty Truck Brakes, A/C, Suspension and Preventative Maintenance.

“The favorite part of my job teaching at DCTC is the atmosphere,” Jeff said. “I enjoy working with professional people who care about and are willing to help one another. I also like having the opportunity to follow the growth of my students from the start of their education to their graduation.”

Jeff with son, a student in the program, in HCET shop

Student perspective: Jake Emond

Jake Emond, 19, is earning his Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Heavy Construction Equipment Technology at Dakota County Technical College. Jake is on track to graduate from DCTC in May 2021.

Along with his responsibilities as a college student, Jake owns and operates his own business, Emond Equipment Repair.

“Jake is an exceptional young man to have such a focus on his future,” said Jeff Borchardt, HCET faculty. “His investment on skills development at a young age really shows motivation and structure. I am proud to provide technical training at the beginning of his career. I am looking forward to where he takes his entrepreneurial goals throughout his life.”

Originally from Elko, Minnesota, Jake graduated from New Prague High School in 2019. After he graduates from DCTC, Jake plans to continue working for himself. One of his career goals is starting a second business.

Jake has two sisters and one brother. He also has three dogs. When he’s not working or going to school, Jake enjoys hanging out with friends.

Jake Emond Q & A

Why did you choose heavy construction equipment technician as your career path?

When I was growing up, my dad and I would be in the shop working on one of his semi trucks or some piece of equipment.

What do you like best about the Heavy Construction Equipment Technology program?

The people

What is your strongest skill as a heavy construction equipment technician?

Failure analysis

Three words that describe you as a college student:

What is your favorite heavy equipment vehicle ?

Caterpillar D6R

What person has influenced you the most in your life?

My dad

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Still being a mechanic

Jake Emond Nine Answers

  1. Favorite sport or physical activity: Snowmobiling
  2. Place you would most like to visit: Utah
  3. Three things you would do if you won a $1 billion lottery: 1) Reinvest some of that money into a second business 2) Buy a new service truck 3) Have a house built on Prior Lake
  4. One thing you most want to accomplish in life: Own more than one company
  5. Your national bird if you were your own country: Bald eagle
  6. Dream occupation: I am living the dream
  7. Person you would most like to meet: John Wayne
  8. Skill you would most like to learn and master: Electrical problems
  9. Most important issue or problem facing humankind: Stupidity

Learn more about the Heavy Construction Equipment Technology program at DCTC by contacting:

Jeff Borchardt
Heavy Construction Equipment Faculty

Karianne Loula
Testing Coordinator and Advisor

¹ Source: Terex Corporation