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SCC Diesel Technology Program Receives Engine Donation Through Bluegrass International

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 new requirement.

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, visit www.somerset.kctcs.edu 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.