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10-23-2016 Workforce Development

August 2014 Employer Highlight: Butler Machinery

Butler Machinery LogoButler Machinery is a third generation family-owned business, founded in 1955. Currently, Butler has 17 store locations throughout ND, SD and NE with its corporate office and training facilities located in Fargo, ND. Butler is involved in many industries including: agriculture, construction, landscaping, mining, truck and transportation and power generation. Butler is a growing company, having more than doubled the number of its employees over the last ten years.

Workforce Training, Scholarships and Tuition Reimbursement

Butler Machinery offers several great opportunities for students, including their ThinkBIG Program.  Butler Machinery has partnered with two top schools, North Dakota State College of Science in ND and Lake Area Technical Institute in SD, to offer a two-year AAS degree in Diesel Technology. The program consists of half of the student’s time spent in the classroom and half spent at a Butler dealership working as a paid Intern. Upon completion of the program, students have a guaranteed position available with Butler as a Service Technician.

  • Average annual salary of a Butler Machinery Technician is $57,000/year
  • Butler currently has more than 130 Diesel Technician job openings
Other Internships:
  • Butler also offers paid internships in other departments which can be found on the company website.
In addition to the ThinkBIG program and internships, Butler offers store tours, job-shadowing, summer-to-work program which allows accepted ThinkBIG students to work as a general laborer in one of our stores the summer before starting school, and tuition reimbursement for existing full-time employees who wish to further their education. 

BND College Planning Center Offers Parents Resources

Before you move your child into a dorm room this year, take a few minutes to discuss finances. Will your child have a credit card? Who is watching its balance? What expenses are you helping with and what is your child responsible to pay? Bank of North Dakota’s College Planning Center has devoted a section of its website to managing college finances. It offers tips to help your child organize finances, set a budget and access money management tools. Visit the College Planning Center to access this helpful resource.

DEAL Student Loan at Bank of North Dakota

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Bank of North Dakota (BND) is your resource for the state-sponsored student loan programs, The DEAL Student Loan and the DEAL One Loan.

If federal loans, grants and scholarships don’t cover the cost of education, the DEAL Student Loan is available for North Dakota residents attending college in North Dakota or in another state. There are no fees and you’ll appreciate the local, friendly service.

The new DEAL One Loan, a consolidation loan for North Dakota residents, has proven to be popular and life-changing for a number of North Dakotans. You can consolidate all of your student loans, including federal loans, into one convenient loan payment with a variable or fixed interest rate.

For information on either program, visit

Dollars for Scholars Offers Professional Association Scholarship

NorthDakota_Type_CMYK.jpgBank of North Dakota has donated $50,000 to North Dakota Dollars for Scholars to increase scholarships for returning students. North Dakota Dollars for Scholars is looking for professional associations in the state who would like to partner and double their scholarship opportunities.

The professional association must commit $500 - $1,500 annually for three years. North Dakota Dollars for Scholars will match that amount dollar for dollar! North Dakota Dollars for Scholars manages the application and selection process, removing the burden from volunteers within the association. The association helps set the parameters.

If your association is interested in exploring this opportunity, contact Laure Fiedler at 701.328.5653.

Service Technicians More Than Mechanics

Did you know that there is an industry that in many cases offers college financial assistance along with very promising career positions when that college education is completed? Service technicians in the auto and the farm/construction equipment industry are in such high demand that in many cases, dealerships are offering college financial assistance in exchange for a commitment of employment when the college program is successfully completed.

Today¹s service technician is just that-a highly skilled technician and not just a mechanic.  With the high level of technology that is part of automobiles and farm/construction equipment today, the most important and first tool of any technician today is a laptop rather than a toolbox.  Many repairs today are a computer update rather than the use of actual tools.

The most important step to take in considering a career at a dealership is to visit with a dealer. They would love to have students do job shadows, tours or visits.

If you are interested in visiting some dealerships, be sure to contact one of the Association’s Career Development Managers, Melinda Martin or Jenna Harpole.


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