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Heil® Launches Nexteligence™ Connected Tech Certification

Tiered Training Program to Support Development of Next-Generation Technicians for Heil Products

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., January 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Heil®, part of Environmental Solutions Group and Dover (NYSE: DOV), and one of the nation’s largest refuse truck body manufacturers, announced the release of the Heil® Nexteligence™ Connected Tech Certification Program.

The Nexteligence Connected Tech Certification Program is a four-tiered system that recognizes technicians who have achieved significant technical knowledge and skill in the maintenance of Heil equipment. Certification requires a combination of:

  • Basic to advanced-level Connected Tech training in the troubleshooting of hydraulic and electronic systems, which can be achieved using the Nexteligence Online Learning System;
  • Specific and detailed product training on all critical systems relevant to Heil Refuse Vehicles and 3rd Eye camera/digital systems, administered either at the Heil factory or a customer location. Classes include structured classroom and hands-on modules; and
  • Post-training “shop-time” work requirement, so that company management can provide critical feedback on work experience.

Pat Carroll, President of Environmental Solutions Group, stated, “Turn-over and loss of skilled technicians can seriously impact equipment up-time. With the Nexteligence program, fleet owners now have the tools they need to train technicians in today’s highly competitive job market and can choose the method of learning that works best for the technicians, including online options. The goal is to get maintenance and service technicians trained through the Gold Level, improving their knowledge of the most current line of Heil trucks and enhancing their ability to troubleshoot and repair Heil products accurately and quickly.”

The ability to accurately troubleshoot problems affecting modern garbage trucks means less downtime, less money expended on the wrong parts, and more uptime for the vehicles in question.

“The technology in Heil products continues to evolve and we have implemented the Nexteligence Connected Tech program to help technicians improve their understanding of the hydraulic, electronic and pneumatic systems employed on Heil garbage trucks,” said Jennifer Testa, Vice President of Enterprise Transformation. “The key to furthering the development of technicians is providing the foundational knowledge of these systems via the Nexteligence Online Learning System. Increasing understanding of hydraulic and electronic principles, digital controllers, and troubleshooting allows students to move faster and retain more knowledge when they get to the advanced product training courses. When these trainings are combined with shop-time experience, one of four levels of certification can be achieved.”

“The Bronze, Silver and Gold tiers of Connected Tech Training are designed to instruct technicians based upon experience level, enhancing their knowledge of the systems critical to trucks in their fleet. As part of the curriculum, technicians choose the training modules that apply to the specific Heil models operating in their fleet, making the training more relevant to them from day one with fleets reaping the benefits of faster repair times from more skilled technicians,” continued Testa.

The program also includes the Platinum tier for those who want to become expert trainers within their organization. Platinum level technicians at Heil Dealers provide factory-level technical support and can administer official Nexteligence training to their customers, keeping them ahead of changes and increasing dealer communications with their end-users. To achieve Platinum status these students are required to travel to the Heil factory for an intensive hands-on exam where they are required to troubleshoot and repair a vehicle with multiple system issues.

“Reaching the Platinum tier includes a very comprehensive one-on-one exam with an expert Heil technician and will also require the demonstration of class facilitation skills. The technicians that pass Platinum level certification will represent the most thoroughly trained technicians in the refuse industry today,” said Testa.

The pricing of the program depends on the preferred method of training, with online courses starting at $1,074. Heil is working with their nationwide dealer network to ensure dealers have Nexteligence Connected Tech trained technicians on staff to better serve their customers. In addition, fleet owners are encouraged to enroll their technicians into the program through their dealer to increase the proficiency of their mechanics and service technicians.

For more information on Nexteligence Connected Tech Training Program, please visit www.heil.com/nexteligence.

About Heil®:

Established in 1901, Heil® is one of the world’s premier manufacturers of ultra-durable, high productivity, custom-configured garbage truck bodies with optimized chassis integration and automation solutions that help customers achieve the lowest cost of ownership. Their refuse collection bodies include a wide variety of front loaders, side loaders, and rear loaders. Heil® bodies are known throughout the waste industry as being legendary for productivity, long life, ease of maintenance, and operator safety. Heil® is a part of the Environmental Solutions Group family of companies serving the waste industry. Heil® has a nationwide network of more than 40 dealers in over 60 locations across the United States. They are proud to be a leader in customer service and provide world-class training, and after-the-sale support. For more information about Heil®, visit heil.com, the Heil Facebook page or follow Heil on Twitter.

About Dover:

Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenue of approximately $7 billion. We deliver innovative equipment and components, specialty systems, consumable supplies, software and digital solutions, and support services through five operating segments: Engineered Products, Fueling Solutions, Imaging & Identification, Pumps & Process Solutions and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Dover combines global scale with operational agility to lead the markets we serve. Recognized for our entrepreneurial approach for over 60 years, our team of approximately 24,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what's possible. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under "DOV."