Thanks to a donation by Bluegrass International Trucks and Buses, the local Navistar
dealer, participants in the Somerset Community College Diesel Technology program now
have the opportunity to work on the latest diesel engines.
This summer, Somerset Community College offered bus technicians from across the Commonwealth
the opportunity to learn about new techniques and fulfill training requirements in
order to keep their diesel mechanical skills current. An important aspect of the program
was having the latest technology readily available for participants to see and work
with during the program; however, participants in the program noted that there were
no new bus exhaust gas recirculating (EGR) engines available for training. Working
on EGR engines is important since all engines introduced after 2010 must meet the
To address the issue, Joe Marlow from the McCreary County Bus Garage contacted Mark
Cahill and Terry Woolums at Bluegrass International Trucks and Buses. By teaming with
Frank Nelson of Bluegrass International, they were able to contact Navistar, a leading
nationwide bus and medium truck manufacturer, and acquire three engines for use in
training at SCC.
The new engines, a Maxforce6 IC6 and Maxforce7 V8, meet the 2010 emission regulations
and are currently installed in new trucks and buses. Also donated was a teardown engine,
a 2007 engine with emissions for teardown, reassembly and parts inspections. An electronic
engine controller trainer, and access to ISIS, the International truck and engine
repair Web site, was also provided.
Ricky Harris, SCC Diesel instructor and former Navistar technician, was excited about
the new technology. His expertise and former work experience will enable students
to learn with current equipment and the latest operating systems for engines. The
donated engines are complete with wiring, emission controls, intakes, exhausts, fuel
systems and new internal designs. The engine simulator trainer will also be a valuable
training aid as well as the access to ISIS the repair website.
The new engines will enable the program to provide additional training for emissions
that meet 2010 EPA guidelines and will better prepare students to enter the workplace.
We are certainly appreciative of this donation from Bluegrass International and want
to thank the local truck repair shops and trucking companies for their support of
our program and their help in acquiring donations, said Jake McPheron, SCC Diesel
Instructor. This is a tremendous effort and has lasting effects in the education of
our students in the local area.
For more information on the Diesel Technology program at Somerset Community College,
or call (606) 451-6821.
Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education.
SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and
Russell Counties. The website is somerset.kctcs.edu
. Call for admission and registration information toll free at 1-877-629-9722.