Foodliner, a bulk food transportation company, donated two trucks to the Dakota County Technical College Heavy Duty Truck Technology program. Foodliner representatives delivered a 2009 Peterbilt and a 2011 Freightliner Cascadia on Sept. 20.
Foodliner representative Jeff Larson said the company is glad to support the education of new technicians. Larson added that he feels the donation is a good investment into the future of the industry.
“I hope students can learn a lot from them,” said Larson.
In the HDTT program students learn all aspects of heavy-duty truck repair and maintenance. The program focuses on large trucks, typically class 7 and 8. Students perform diesel engine troubleshooting, overhauls and tune-ups on mechanical and electronic engines. Additionally, clutch transmission, drive axle repair and overhaul are taught along with welding instruction, preventative maintenance and HVAC.
Most of DCTC’s truck fleet consists of trucks built in the year 2000 or older. To adequately train technicians, instructor Ken Klassen said the program needs newer trucks and the donation is highly appreciated.
Klassen said the newer trucks offer students the chance to work on newer rigs with more advanced technology that fleets feature today. In particular, Klassen said the trucks contain advanced computer systems and EPA technologies.
“They will definitely enhance the training and what we’re able to teach,” said Klassen.
On the Freightliner, which does not run, Klassen said students will conduct system testing, troubleshooting and component identification. The Peterbilt, which is fully operational, offers even more opportunity. The trucks will be put into use right away.
“Having newer trucks means our students are getting current and relevant experience,” said Klassen.
Heavy Duty Truck Technology is a thriving program. To meet industry demand, additional sections will be added through spring semester 2017, doubling the program’s size. Klassen said the program, which requires an internship in the industry, has 100 percent job placement.
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