Diesel Technology teacher, Ed Wallace, was recently gifted with a heavy duty diesel truck from the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH). He will use this to train his students at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center. The University is known worldwide as being a leader in training for automotive, diesel and high performance industries in Lima, Ohio.
"We have a recruiter from UNOH that comes in to talk to the students, his name is Pat Dixon," says Mr. Wallace. "“One day I was talking to him about how I would be able to get some used training equipment from the college for my class after they were done with it. He got back to me and said they have two diesel semi-trucks that they would be willing to donate. He sent me photos, I looked at the trucks and after discussion with our Principal, Dr. Weyrauch, and we decided one of the trucks fit our criteria. It's newer a 1999 Freightliner with a Cummings M11 diesel engine. The truck was in very good shape."
In order to get the truck BOCES had to be willing to go get it. Mr. Wallace and craft committee advisor, Randy Librock from Relco Systems, towed the truck back from Ohio to the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center. "This has been a huge asset to the Diesel Technology Program. Our class has been able to use it for training on: air brake systems, steering and suspension, and diesel engines," says Mr. Wallace. "I would like to say thank you to UNOH because they understand the value in student education and training at the high school level. I am very appreciative for their help and support of my program."