Astec, Inc. is gearing up for its 2019 Customer Schools, with the emphasis, Focus on Success, designed to address the continuing education needs of both new and return attendees.

Michael Holbrook, service schools administrator, says with 35 percent repeat participants looking to keep abreast of new technology and 65 percent new attendees, the common denominator is to help all participants be successful. Attendees include plant operators, lab technicians, plant owners, and mechanical contractors who work on asphalt plants.

The common denominator is to help all participants be successful.

— Michael Holbrook, Service Schools Administrator, Astec, Inc.


Six weeks of schools are available. Attendees can choose to attend one of these sessions: January 7-10, January 14-17, January 21- 24, January 28- 31, February 4-7, or February 11-14, 2018. Registration opened on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 for all attendees, both domestic and international.

Astec Customer Schools teach hands-on maintenance and advanced troubleshooting techniques to fix problems fast. Attendees can expect to enhance their grasp of key aspects of plant maintenance and operation through a combination of lectures with plenty of application time. Instructors include Astec and Heatec engineers and service technicians with decades of field experience.

During the four full days of instruction, students will have the opportunity to meet with instructors and fellow students to exchange information. Sessions will cover PLC hardware, calibration, segregation and AC content, diagnostics and troubleshooting, trunnion adjustment, and drum flighting. Plant components include weighbridge, drums, heaters, burners, drag conveyors and silos, baghouse and airflows, plant controls, and blue smoke.

The seven classes participants will attend are small, with 13 attendees and two instructors, to make sure there is a lot of one-on-one interaction with instructors and networking with other attendees.

Additional networking opportunities are provided during breakfast and lunch each day and at special dinner receptions each night.

The cost per attendee is $1,250 and includes:

  • Presentations, literature and instruction materials
  • Daily hotel transportation to and from Astec and Heate
  • Meals, snack and evening entertainment

Discounted hotel rooms are available at The Westin Chattanooga.