|Shown during the presentation of the plaque, left to right: Paul Allen Dick, SCC student; Daniel Burnett, Associate Dean of the Career and Technical Services division; Ricky Harris, instructor; Dr. Jo Marshall, SCC President and CEO; Jake McPheron, program coordinator; and, Charlene Harris, SCC Board of Directors Chair.|
The Diesel Technology program at Somerset Community College has once again received national recognition for providing students with quality training.
The program was recently recertified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) for meeting Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards. These standards are recognized by industry as program requirements for training diesel mechanics in medium and heavy trucks.
Jake McPheron, program coordinator, said that the NATEF standards are established by industry to examine the structure, recourses and quality of training programs.
SCC President Dr. Jo Marshall and SCC Board of Directors Chair Charlene Harris presented McPheron and instructor Ricky Harris with a plaque and letter noting the recertification of the program. Daniel Burnett, Associate Dean of the Career and Technical Services division was also present.
McPheron said, A big reason we have been able to continue these high standards is because of the support we've received from the college and area businesses. The program has maintained the certification since 2002.
During the most recent recertification evaluation, training standards were met in all eight medium and heavy truck instructional areas. These are: Diesel Engines, Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Preventative Maintenance Inspection, Drive Trains, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning and Hydraulics.
The continued support and maintenance of the program standards and education of our students are the primary goals of the Diesel Technology program at SCC, McPheron said.
Graduates of the program have many opportunities for employment. Diesel technicians repair and maintain the diesel engines that power transportation equipment, such as heavy trucks, buses, and locomotives. Some mechanics work on bulldozers, cranes, road graders, and agricultural equipment such as farm tractors and combines.
SCCs program offers several credentials to successful graduates, including: an Associate of Applied Science degree in General Occupational/Technical Studies; Agricultural Technician Diploma and Medium/Heavy Truck Diploma; and 10 certifications specializing in diesel engines and related auto/truck and agricultural component repairs.