Setting a New Standard

Kubota is an ecosystem of high expectations. Our customers, dealers and employees all count on each other for the utmost in performance and service. But in the end, it’s not about what each does at work every day. It’s what that work results in that matters. We expect excellence in everything we do because Kubota tractors aren’t just out there planting crops, digging foundations and maintaining greens. They’re out there making life a little better, a little easier, a little more productive.

The Kubota Tech program was created to build the technicians of tomorrow by incorporating Kubota-centered curriculum into technical schools across the United States and setting performance standards for ourselves that leave mandatory levels in the rearview mirror.

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Laying the Groundwork for a Better Tomorrow

Recognizing the need for highly skilled technicians in the workforce, Kubota became a proud partner of NC3. As an integral partner of NC3, Kubota helps shape tomorrow’s workforce through certification programs, industry supported curriculum and hands-on training. The Kubota Tech Certification Program provides students with the essential knowledge and skills needed to perform tasks on Kubota equipment effectively and efficiently.

History of the Partnership

Branden Brown was a previous master instructor for NC3. While training technicians for Kubota he saw a needs gap that could be filled with NC3 credentials. Senior Manager Stacy Schroeder also recognized the opportunity and the value that NC3 could add to the Kubota training program. Kubota partnered with NC3 and soon after started developing pathways to produce critical certifications needed in the industry.

Value of the Partnership

NC3 provides the network of schools and is the administering body for industry credentials. For Kubota, this eliminates the burden of establishing and maintaining the many relationships and contracts with schools. NC3's ecosystem is scalable, flexible and inherently provides better access to education while providing critical manufacturer expertise to students.

Future of the Partnership

Kubota is dedicated to education and working with each school to develop world-class Kubota Centers of Excellence. By working in partnership with each school closely to develop a custom program, Kubota's goal is to create at least 25-30 Centers of Excellence throughout the country as an extension of its corporate training program.

Transform Your Program

Through the FI4.0CP program, students can horizontally or vertically stack certification credentials. Horizontal stacking allows students to train across a variety of topics, for a well-rounded Industry 4.0 education. Vertical stacking provides a more concentrated focus on a specialized technology area, moving through all three levels to complete individual certificates.


Level 1 - Fundamentals

Level 1 certification requires 200 hours in subjects including PLC Fundamentals, Electricity, Mechanical Systems, Industry 4.0 Fundamentals and more. Students receive 17 – 23 credits, as well as certificate(s). Careers available with a Level 1 certification include but are not limited to: electromechanical technicians, production technicians or industrial maintenance technicians, and typically start with an average salary of $40,000 a year.

Level 2 - Advanced Mechatronics

Level 2 certification requires 240 hours in subjects including Applied PLC, Applied Fluid Power, Maintenance Strategies and more. Students receive 35 – 47 credits, an associate’s degree and certificates. Careers available with a Level 2 certification include but are not limited to: mechatronics/automation technicians and CNC operator applications engineers, and typically start with an average salary of $67,000 a year.

Level 3 - Industry 4.0

Level 3 certification requires 300 hours in subjects including Advanced Robotics, Cyber Security, Smart Maintenance and more. Students receive 62 – 83 credits, dual associate’s degrees or a bachelor’s of science (BS). Careers available with a Level 3 certification include but are not limited to: Industry 4.0 operators/technicians and mechatronics engineers, and typically start with an average salary of $90,000 a year.

Current Festo NC3 Industry 4.0 Certifications

Where Can I Use These Certifications?

Level 1
  • Electromechanical Technician
  • Production Technician
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician

Level 2
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Automation Technician
  • Applications Engineer

Level 3
  • Industry 4.0 Operator
  • Industry 4.0 Technician
  • Mechatronics Engineer

Bill Finn

NC3 Program Manager | Greenlee & Kubota


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