Pride in innovations, education and teaching excellence drives GOMACO University to keep its owners, distributors, operators and mechanics up to date in the operation of GOMACO's line of paving equipment.
Welcome to GOMACO University
GOMACO University was started in 1975 to help GOMACO machine owners successfully, profitably, and safely operate their equipment. Now, after more than 40 years of service and over 17,000 students later, the tradition continues. Annually, during the winter season, students travel to Ida Grove, Iowa, U.S.A., for training in order to learn the latest in technology on various GOMACO equipment.
Special training classes can be scheduled to fit your needs and schedules. GOMACO University personnel can fulfill these requests either at our facilities or we can come to you.
Schedules are posted each fall for upcoming classes on this web site. You can also contact GOMACO University at 1-712-364-4781 or 1-800-831-2320, fax 712.364.4359, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's New with GOMACO University
GOMACO University is offering classes covering maintenance and diagnostics on the GOMACO G21, G22, and G+® control systems for both pavers and curb and gutter machines. GOMACO University will be offering a wide variety of classes for 3D machine guidance systems to help you understand the software, and how to set up the equipment in order to pave smoothly without stringline.
Mr. Mike Ayers, who is well known in the industry for his knowledge of concrete mixes, will be at the University this year and will be devoting his time to cover basic concrete mix design with the University students. As time allows, he will also move into more advanced topics about the concrete mix and design. Mike will plan to discuss the mix materials, mix design process, edge slump, troubleshooting, and how mix design can affect rideability.
GUS I, the GOMACO University Simulator, now features interchangeable controls and GBoxes. The controls can be switched between the G22 and G+ control systems in order to properly train students on the controls currently being used in the field. The GBoxes are provided for each leg to accommodate improved steering and grade with G+ controls. The GBox features a new location for the slave controller and proportional valves, reduces hose and wiring needs, eases serviceability and troubleshooting, and provides easy access with a horizontal swing door at ground level.
GOMACO University - Brief History
GOMACO University began as an in-house training program back in the early 1970s. It was during that time period that customers began asking for training in the method of slipform paving and the operation of GOMACO equipment. GOMACO filled these needs by starting a customer training program.
The first training sessions with GOMACO customers were held in the Godbersen-Smith Construction Company conference room in 1975. Also in 1975, GOMACO leased a building along Highways 59 & 175 in Ida Grove, Iowa, for the GOMACO Education Center. It consisted of a classroom large enough to accommodate 18 students and a shop area just large enough to fit the GOMACO equipment manufactured at that time.
In 1979, GOMACO purchased the diesel-generating plant from Iowa Public Service Company in Ida Grove. GOMACO remodeled the building, and the modern GOMACO University was born. Its doors were opened for the first class on April 21, 1980. In 2001, a second building was purchased for the GOMACO University Paving Center to facilitate the larger equipment and class sizes.
Safety is Our Number #1 Goal
First and foremost, safety is our top priority in teaching owners, crew members, operators, and maintenance personnel about the operation and maintenance of GOMACO machinery. Each student receives an operator’s manual for the course and a safety manual they can take home with them. University instructors teach students how to prepare their machine for spring start-up in a safe and practical way, and how to prime their machine for storage during the winter months.
GOMACO Personnel are Always Ready to Assist
Learning from your fellow students and University personnel is one of the strongest reasons to attend GOMACO University.
Dennis Clausen, Director of Training, Rod Schneider, Training Coordinator, and Doug Comstock, Technical Publications Coordinator, have a combined total of over 94 years of job site and classroom experience. Instructors also include GOMACO service personnel, who have a world of experience in setting up and working with GOMACO equipment. The instructors enjoy talking and building relationships with customers and students. A wealth of knowledge can also be found amongst your fellow classmates. Attendees can visit and learn from other students during the entire week, both in the classroom and working in the shop areas.
GOMACO Corporation staff frequently visit the classes and shop areas to provide insight and to assist the students in their training. GOMACO staff also attends the Thursday graduation ceremonies.
Students can experience our state-of-the-art facilities and meet some of the GOMACO production team during the Friday morning tours.
A Learning Opportunity in Ida Grove
Our goal at GOMACO University is to provide everyone involved with GOMACO equipment with the skills and knowledge needed to profitably and safely operate and maintain their machines. We strive to provide attendees with an educational week of classes and a rewarding University experience.
Students will spend their time learning within the classroom and working with GOMACO trainers designed and built for the University. GOMACO University instructors will be available all week to answer questions in the classroom and on a one-on-one basis.
The week will conclude with graduation and the presentation of certificates on Thursday night. GOMACO production facilities will be available for touring on Friday morning.
State-of-the-Art University Facilities
Classes at GOMACO University are provided in two different buildings, located one short block from each other. One building is used for curb and gutter classes and the other is used for paving classes.
Curb and gutter and some 3D classes are held in the GOMACO University administration building. It has a classroom with state-of-the-art audio/video equipment and six elevated rows of seating, a shop area for training and diagnostics, and a cafeteria. GOMACO wearable items and premium gifts are also available for purchase at the administration building.
The GOMACO University paving center has classes on slipform pavers, trimmers, IDBI, and 3D. Along with a state-of-the-art classroom, it has an extra-large shop for training and diagnostics on larger machines. Both buildings display a wide variety of modern and historical job-site photos.
Thursday Night is Reserved for Graduation
All GOMACO University students are invited to a special graduation ceremony and dinner on Thursday night. At this time, certificates of achievement and attendance awards are presented, and students can enjoy a catered prime rib dinner.
Students who have attended GOMACO University for five years are presented with a GOMACO University jacket. After students have reached the five-year mark, they are asked to bring their jacket back, so it can be updated each year with an additional chevron or embroidered date.
Gary L. Godbersen, GOMACO’s President and CEO, is frequently a host at the graduation, and enjoys addressing and meeting the students.
Representatives from research and development, engineering, sales, service, advertising, and additional members of our manufacturing team also join in the evening festivities. This gives the students a chance to meet those who have designed and built their machines, and also gives the GOMACO employees a chance to meet the users of the finished products.
Thursday evening also offers GOMACO University students the opportunity to explore some of the more unique aspects of the administration building. On the second floor, you can wind-down at Mr. G’s 1930s Speakeasy. It is a relaxed environment where students can interact with each other, as well as with GOMACO University personnel and instructors.
On Friday mornings, students can tour the production floors at GOMACO facilities to see our manufacturing team in action. Students are typically on their way home by noon.