Wallace State’s transforms a one-time CDL truck to program training truck after tornado | News
From Wallace State Community College:
Wallace State’s Diesel Mechanics program is putting a diesel truck that was overturned during the storms of April 27 to good use.
Department head Jeremy Smith and his students have transformed the T600 Kenworth training diesel, one of the trucks that had been used in training students to prepare for their commercial driver’s license (CDL), into a diagnostics training lab.
“We were fortunate to salvage it and move it from one training aspect to the other,” said Smith.
A main component of Wallace State’s Diesel Mechanics program is learning to diagnose repairs that need to be made, ranging from the vehicle’s electrical system to major engine problems.
The overturned training diesel, which has a Caterpillar engine, caters perfectly to those scenarios.
“We are using this for all electronic diagnoses. We can also work and check on the preventive maintenance, brakes, steering, suspension and alignment,” Smith said.
Wallace State students have also worked on a myriad of engines including those from Cummins, Caterpillar, Volvo, Detroit, John Deere, Kubota and Isuzu.
In addition to partnerships with Kenworth and My Way Trucking, the diesel mechanics program recently partnered with Eaton/Dana Corporation’s Roadranger products to provide annual instruction on heavy duty automatic transmissions and heavy duty hybrid transmissions, and to sponsor training aids and new equipment for the program.
“This program keeps getting better and better,” Smith said.
For more information about the diesel mechanics program at Wallace State, visit wallacestate.edu/programs or call Smith at 256-352-8063..
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