Volvo Trucks has partnered with WyoTech to provide advanced technician training programs. The classes will be taught at WyoTech’s Blairsville, PA, campus.

The training programs will be tailored specifically to the chassis, powertrain, emissions, electronic and electrical systems of Volvo trucks, the company said.

“Expert Volvo technicians and skilled aftermarket personnel are vitally important to the success of our customers and our dealer operations,” said Magnus Koeck, Volvo Trucks vice president, marketing and brand management. “Rapidly advancing onboard technologies and the increasing need for an integrated vehicle design continue to place a great emphasis on technicians with intimate knowledge of all Volvo systems.”

Volvo also announced the start of its 2012-2013 VISTA program in the U.S. and Canada. VISTA is a global competition for aftermarket personnel. Volvo technicians will test their technical knowledge and hands-on prowess as they compete for a spot at the VISTA World Championship.

According to Volvo, more than 200 three-to-four-person teams of Volvo aftermarket personnel – technicians, service, parts and warranty – from Volvo dealer locations across North America are competing for the opportunity to represent North America in the World Championship. Globally, more than 4,440 teams have enrolled in the latest installment of the bienniel competition. Only 30 will make the World Championship round, to be held in June 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Competitors must work through three rounds of online technical questions. Five teams will travel in March to Greensboro, N.C., for the final round. All the answers for the written questions are contained in Volvo service and parts literature, and the finalists will be tested on their knowledge of service bulletins and ability to look up parts and service information within the Volvo system. There is also a strong hands-on element to the competition, which requires contestants to troubleshoot predetermined faults placed on Volvo trucks and engines.