Diesel program benefits from multiple equipment donations

Diesel program benefits from multiple equipment donations
Posted on 04/05/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Diesel program benefits from multiple equipment donationsThanks to multiple equipment donations from companies across the state, floor space is of a premium in the Diesel Program at Northeast Tech’s Afton Campus. Four Warren CAT engines, a truck and a DD15 Detroit engine are just a few of the items that diesel Instructor Matt Marsh has added to his inventory in the past few months.

“Right before Spring Break, we drove to Oklahoma City to pick up several engines that were being donated by Warren CAT,” Marsh said. “One of the Warren CAT trainers sent email to all the CareerTech diesel teachers in the state offering several items for donation. The items were offered on a first come first serve basis, so I jumped on it.”

It was a long drive from Afton to Oklahoma City, and it was no easy task to load and unload engines that weight in excess of 1,500 pounds. But for Marsh, the difficulties were a small price to pay to ensure his students have the equipment they need to train.

“This is an inexpensive way to get new training equipment,” Marsh said. “Purchased from a salvage, some of these engines will run about $7,500. The last one I quoted brand new was $26,000. So when they said donate, I was interested.”

With the help of Northeast Tech’s maintenance staff, Marsh has already placed the donated items in the shop where students like Dakota Case can begin training on the different components.

“We've been troubleshooting the starting electrical system to figure out why it doesn’t work,” Case said of the 3406E engine he was working on. “We've had to go back and figure out where it is and isn't connecting so that we can get it fixed.”

Case, a first year student from Quapaw, is one of many students who likes the hands-on aspect of the diesel program. His classmate, Justin Jennings, also of Quapaw, also likes the learning environment at Northeast Tech, and prefers to learn on the free-standing engines before taking on the challenge presented by some of the big equipment in the shop.

“With this we can take it apart, rebuild it and the instructor can even bug it to make us try to solve different problems,” Jennings said of the Warren CAT C-12 engine. “This one is pretty new, and it's on a run stand so we can start it and see how it runs.”

Nearby, Bryar Chandler from Commerce, was dismantling the wiring components of a C-6.6 diesel engine.

“We can learn to do anything with these that we can do with an actual truck engine - take it apart, rebuild, change parts replace electrical components,” said Chandler. “I like that the learning is all hands-on. It’s not sitting all day, but instead you physically learn with your hands.”

Marsh still has one Warren CAT engine to pick up – a 35-12 that takes up so much space, it will be placed outside the shop. In addition to the four donations from Warren CAT, Marsh has also been able to snag a 2012 T330 truck from Sherwood Construction, the company doing a significant amount of construction work along Turner Turnpike.

“The truck was damaged in a roll-over wreck, but the rear is still good for training purposes, and it has an Allison transmission, and a Cummins PACCAR PX8 engine that runs $10,000 to buy,” said Marsh.

Local companies are also lending their support to the diesel program. Junior’s Wrecker Service in Vinita donated a DD15 Detroit engine that was damaged in a wreck.

“The engine turned out to be unusable – it had a hole we just couldn’t repair – but we’re able to use pieces from the engine in other projects,” Marsh said.

Given that most of his students plan to go directly into the workforce, the companies that support Northeast Techs diesel program through equipment donations are having a direct impact on the local workforce.

“Having a variety of equipment for the students to practice training, troubleshooting, tear down and reassembly helps prepare them for industry,” Marsh said. “I appreciate the support from these companies, because their donations allow me to stretch my program budget further than what would be possible.”
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